Michael WigleExplorer

  • Hike the Cliff Shelf Nature Trail

    About 4 miles south of the Northeast Park Entrance, just past the Castle Trailhead, is the Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead. It sits on the outside of the cliff formation facing open space just through Cedar Pass. There is a parking lot here typically...

    0.75 miles 200 ft gain

  • Spend a Night at TreeHouse Point

    This is one of the most magical and romantic places on the planet to get a good night's rest. You'll find that words will escape you when it comes to describing how this place makes you feel. With the Raging River as a backdrop, the powerful white...

  • Camp at Canyon de Chelly

    Canyon de Chelly has been inhabited for over 6,000 years by both the Navajo peoples and the Anasazi peoples. The ruins through the walls of the canyon are from the Anasazi people date back to almost 7,000 years ago. Due to the significance and sac...

    3 miles

  • Snow Hike Lightning Ridge

    When you hear the report about snow in the San Gabriels, it's time to plan this hike!Only a short 90 minute drive is all that separates nearly a third of California's population from high-altitude snowy adventures. This isn't about Yosemite, but S...

    5.1 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike Carpenter and Angel Falls

    Head 12 miles south on Route 41A along Skaneateles Lake from Skaneateles NY. Make a left onto Appletree Point Road  and go a little more than a half mile to where the intersection of Carver Road is. There is a small gravel parking area off to the ...

    3 miles 450 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Wilson from Chantry Flat

    Mt. Wilson is one of the more difficult mountains in the San Gabriel to hike, making this adventure Intermediate. While 5,700 feet doesn't seem that tall, the mountain has a prominence of almost 5,300 feet, meaning that hike is steeper and longer ...

    13.5 miles 4200 ft gain

  • Camp at Dave's Hollow Campground

    We all know the crowds well at our favorite National Parks, and Bryce Canyon is no exception. When you're looking to get a little further away from the noise, lights, and experience of a National Park campground, you often don't have to go very fa...

    4.2 miles 800 ft gain

  • Surf Fishing Off Of Inspiration Point

    Tucked away, at the base of Inspiration Point in Palos Verdes is an outcropping of rocks, perfect for surf casting and catching ocean fish, away from the crowds. It's a challenge to get there, but the less travelled spot is used by many profession...

  • Backpack Zaca Ridge

    From Santa Ynez, CA take Armour Rd until it hits Happy Canyon Rd, and make a left. Follow this scenic drive through vineyards and oak shaded pastures into the Angeles National Forest. A half-mile section of asphalt is rough from winter storms, so ...

  • Walk the Loop at Pipestone National Monument

    Near the border of South Dakota in Minnesota, 30 minutes north of I-90 on County Route 23 or State Route 75 is the historic town of Pipestone. From the center of town heading north on Hiawatha Avenue is the entrance into Pipestone National Monumen...

    0.75 miles 40 ft gain

  • Off-Trail Hike of Limestone Ridge

    Finding a winter or early spring adventure that won't take you deep into dangerous mountain territory, while still providing epic vistas, is a challenge in Colorado. There are a few 10,000' tall ranges that sometimes escape deep snow, which are in...

    9 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Beach Camp on Santa Rosa Island

    This adventure is not for the inexperienced. There is a campground on each of the Channel Islands and even camping at Water Canyon on Santa Rosa Island is moderately difficult, especially in the summer. The payoff is one unlike any other on the We...

    16 miles 50 ft gain

  • Hike to and Rapel Thalehaha Falls in Rubio Canyon

    If you are new to canyoneering and want to do an adventure like this, reach out to the guys and girls at The Blue 8 target="_blank" who guided us through Rubio Canyon. They are a dedicated team of stunt professionals who train and offer personal i...

    3 miles 710 ft gain

  • Hike the West Fork of Cold Spring

    If you love the mountains above Santa Barbara but hate the crowds, stick to the canyon trails on the east side. The trails running up Cold Spring canyon offer a variety of experiences without all the noise.To find the West Fork of Cold Spring Trai...

  • Hike to Thác Hoài Dương Waterfall

    Take Võ Thị Sáu street north out of Côn Đảo for about 1 kilometer past the old park office on the left. The road will split to the right and fade to the left here. Continue on the left fork which is now Huỳnh Thúc Kháng street for about 50 meters....

    3.1 miles 492.1 ft gain

  • Swim at Bãi Nhát Beach

    No visit to Côn Sơn Island is complete without watching a sunset behind the incredible cliffs of Little Côn Lôn Island. The best place to watch this go down is from a calm stretch of white sand called Bãi Nhát Beach.From town, head out along the c...

  • Explore the Mud Volcanoes of the Salton Sea

    It should be noted that extreme caution should be practiced when going to the mud volcanoes. While the photographs above appear close, they were taken on a zoom lens from a safe distance. The ground here is soft and misleading. Collapses can occu...

    4 miles

  • Ice Fishing on Presque Isle Bay

    If you love ice fishing, you know that waiting until late January can be agonizing. Thankfully, Lake Erie is the most shallow of the Great Lakes, and Presque Island creates the perfect sized bay, for late December ice.From I-90, exit 18 is State R...

  • Hike Sandstone Peak

    If you live in Los Angeles, Sandstone Peak is a must!The hike to the summit can be done on a 2 mile hike up and back on Sandstone Peak Trail, or a 6.5 mile hike up and back on Backbone Trail. The shorter trail is more popular, yet both are equally...

    2 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Relax on Eureka Peak

    Accessing Covington Flats in Joshua Tree National Park requires a high ground-clearance overland vehicle. Bring spare water and emergency tools incase of a breakdown.From Route 62 in Yucca Valley, CA take La Contenta Dr. South toward Joshua Tree. ...

    0.6 miles 100 ft gain

  • Sail on Monterey Bay

    Few places along the California coast are perfectly suited for a day of sailing. While San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Long Beach, San Francisco, and Catalina Island offer sailing adventures, none of them offer wide open Pacific waters wit...

  • Bike along the Cuyahoga River via Lock 39 Trailhead

    The best way to tack the Towpath Trail along the remains of the Ohio and Erie Canal is by peddling it. Start at the Lock 39 Trailhead going south toward the Botzum Trailhead early in the morning before the crowds to ride upstream is the best way t...

    36 miles 200 ft gain

  • Explore the Hidden Lagoon at Đầm Trầu Beach

    There are only a handful of beaches in Vietnam worth visiting as most are found on the edges of river deltas and steeped in mud. Out of the two tropical islands that offer sandy beaches, Côn Sơn Island is undeveloped and mostly a national park. If...

    0.6 miles 32.8 ft gain

  • Snorkel Kapalua Bay

    There are only a few Hawai'ian snorkeling gems better than Kapalua Bay. Tucked into a narrow cover along the rocks of a long dormant volcano is a beautiful sandy bay that should be on any Maui snorkeling list. The neighborhood is quiet and relaxed...