Mariya Dondonyan

  • Hiking Crystal Cove via the Loop Trail

    The trail begins and ends at the El Moro Visitor Center. Parking requires either a $15 day use parking pass, which is available in the visitor center.This hike we are focusing on is called the Difficult Loop Trail and it is the third most difficul...

    5 miles 740 ft gain

  • Hike Zion's Canyon Overlook Trail

    The trailhead is located east out of the 1.1 mile long tunnel off highway 9. Parking is available immediately to the right after exiting the tunnel and the trail then begins with these charming steps, carved into sandstone, that climb above the Zi...

    1 miles 57 ft gain

  • Hike to Zion's Upper Emerald Pool

    Start this trail walking across the bridge over the Virgin River into the start of the trails that lead to the pools. The path takes you through the bottoms of the water falls and you see them falling over the rocks above you. Though this sight ma...

    3 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hiking to Eaton Canyon Falls

    The hidden forty-foot tall Eaton Canyon Falls fills an amphitheater at the top of Eaton Canyon Trail, tumbling into a wide pool that you can rest alongside or wade in. Normally the water is waist deep, but during this recent trip, we found the wat...

    3.7 miles 375 ft gain

  • Hiking and Fishing at Odell Lake

    This spot in central Oregon is a beautiful, natural lake where you can combine a nice hike with an afternoon of fishing. There are opportunities for multiple hikes surrounding the lake that are moderately challenging hikes and also remain scenic t...

    10 miles 65 ft gain

  • Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive

    Inspiration Point:All who look out from this point are bound to be inspired. The intricacies of the hoodoos and their formation through the erosion of the Claron Formation is simply beautiful. You get the most spectacular perspective of the main a...

  • Hike to Yosemite's Mirror Lake

    Mirror Lake is a very popular spot in the Yosemite Valley and definitely a must see to check off your explore list. Crowds are much smaller if you go during the winter, but some parts of the water might be iced over.The trailhead you take to get t...

    2.4 miles 100 ft gain