Stephen Matera

  • Hike to Gobbler's Knob

    Entering the Park from the Southwest Entrance, bear left when you approach the forking Westside Rd. This road has been closed a few miles in due to massive rockfall. When you reach the road closure, just park along the side of the road. In Spring ...

    5 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Ski Touring in the Ruth Amphitheater

    The Ruth Amphitheater is a lesser known, but spectacularly beautiful glaciated part of Denali National Park. There is terrain for any skier's tastes, from flat, wide open touring to steep, gnarly descents, and house-swallowing crevasses. If you're...

  • Þórsmörk's Skógar Hike

    It is said that half of the population of Iceland believes in elves. If you spend time exploring the wilderness of Iceland, you'll begin to understand why. If elves do exist, this is where they would live.The Þórsmörk – Skógar hike, along the trai...

    15.5 miles 6233.6 ft gain

  • Backcountry Ski at Powder Creek Lodge

    Ask most people about the mountains of eastern British Columbia and they'll likely think you mean the Canadian Rockies. But mention the Purcell Mountains and you're more than likely to get a blank stare back at you. And that's a good thing.The Pur...

  • Backpack the Easton Glacier Railroad Grade

    Begin at the Park Butte trailhead, trail 603. Hike past the first Scott Paul trail sign a few hundred feet from the trailhead. Continue on and cross appropriately name Rocky Creek heading up on the Park Butte Trail. Continue up the Park Butte trai...

    10 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Hike Exit Glacier

    It's hard to fathom how massive some Alaskan glaciers can be. But spend a day hiking along one and you'll start to get an idea of how much ice there is in Alaska. The Exit Glacier is a small tongue of glacier from the Harding Ice Field that comes ...

  • Bike the North Cascades Highway

    The North Cascades Highway is one of the most beautiful roads in the country. A popular, but long bike ride is to ride from Marblemount on the West side of the Cascades to Mazama on the east side. But for those who aren't up for an epic ride, ther...

    38 miles 3500 ft gain

  • Hike to Jumbo Pass

    From Invermere, British Columbia, head West towards Panorama Ski Area on Toby Creek Forest Service Road. At the turnoff for the bridge that heads towards Panorama, set your trip odometer to 0. At a fork in the road at about 12 miles, stay right on...

    6 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Hike Carne Mountain

    Drive USFS Road 62 for 23 miles from Lake Wenatchee (turn left at Cole's Corner off of Highway 2 towards Lake Wenatchee). Turn right on USFS Road 6211 for ~2.5 miles to the end at the Phelps Creek Trailhead.Begin to hike the Phelps Creek Trail but...

  • Gobblers Knob, Mt. Rainier National Park

    Gobbler's Knob on the West side of Mt. Rainier National Park used to be a much more accessible day hike. That is until the Westside Road was abandoned after a washout. Now it's not nearly as popular because it requires either an 8 mile hike each w...