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Curated Trails & Gear

Grand Canyon Day 1

As we came up a short rise, suddenly the ground parted before us and a vast expanse opened before our eyes. Layers of earth were laid bare in a geological layer cake and the white and red sandstone stood out starkly in the predawn light. The sound of gravel beneath our feet echoed in our ears as we took our first steps into the Grand Canyon.

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Telescope Peak

The hike to Telescope Peak takes you along an exposed ridge line through starkly beautiful and windswept terrain. You pass by pinyon pine, juniper, and 3,000 year old bristlecone pine trees before topping out at 11,049 ft. The summit views treat the hardy hiker to 360 degree views, including the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west and desert salt flats 11,000 ft. below to the east.

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San Bernardino to Shields Peak Traverse

A strenuous hike with almost 7,000 feet of elevation gain, the San Bernardino Peak to Shields Peak Traverse makes for a challenging day hike or nice overnight backpacking trip.  The route takes you through juniper, pine and fir forests to the summit of four peaks over 10,000 feet while enjoying spectacular views of the Inland Empire 10,000 feet below.

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Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

With views of Mt. Shuksan to the east, Mt. Baker to the west and a trail that crosses ridges, volcanic landscape and permanent snow fields, the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail keeps your jaw dropping over the course of this 9 mile out-and-back hike. Done as a day hike or one night backpack, this trail won’t disappoint.

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Sahale Glacier Camp

Sahale Glacier Camp is one of the top backcountry campsites in the United States National Park System. The individual campsites are ringed with rock walls and perched at 7,570 ft. at the foot of the Sahale Glacier. Behind you Sahale Peak looms and before you a sea of North Cascades peaks spreads out to the horizon.

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Blue Lake Trail

Blue Lake Trail is a great hike if you don’t have much experience, want a trail with a high reward to distance ratio or just love mountain lakes with pristine, crystal clear waters. Do this hike in fall for the added bonus of seeing the larch trees, which surround the lake, turned a beautiful golden hue.

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Zabriskie Point

One of the classic views of Death Valley National Park, Zabriskie Point gives an expansive view over the badlands of Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch. Best viewed at either sunrise (my personal favorite) or sunset, this hike, more of a short walk, is easily accessible to people of all ages and abilities and should definitely be on your Death Valley to-do-list.

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Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop

The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop takes you through beautiful badlands that are the remnants of an ancient lakebed. The colorful layers (or strata) are a visual clue to the different geological deposits that surround you as you hike. Highlights include an upclose view of Manly Beacon and a spur trail to the Red Cathedral rock formation on this moderate hike that is one of the most popular in Death Valley National Park.

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Eureka Dunes

If you crave a wilderness experience of solitude, silence, and stark beauty, then the Eureka Dunes, located in the remote Eureka Valley of Death Valley National Park, are calling your name. At more than 680 feet, they are the tallest dunes in California and the second tallest in North America. Tucked at the foot of the Last Chance Mountains they are in one of the remotest areas of the park.

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Ubehebe Crater

Death Valley shows off some of its diversity with the volcanic craters know as Ubehebe and Little Hebe, which exhibit colorful erosion and a lunar-esque landscape that is an excellent side trip as you make your way to Scotty’s Castle or the Eureka Dunes from Stovepipe Wells.

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Wildrose Peak Trail

Wildrose Peak Trail provides grand views of Death Valley to the east and Panamint Valley to the west. It is a somewhat strenuous hike that can be completed in half a day, and is an attractive option for those looking to gain some perspective on the lowest point in North America.

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