From the well-signed trailhead, hike northwest on Mount Audubon Trail. The first stretch is easy going as the path climbs gently through fragrant evergreens and passes a golden meadow with intermittent views of the Indian Peaks. At mile 1.3, cross a small boulder field dotted with stunted spruce before heading above treeline.Pikas squeak and scurry across rocks as you climb through alpine meadows and cross another rocky landslide. On cloud-free days, Longs Peak (the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park) dominates the northern skyline from a grassy saddle at mile 3.4. The final 0.3-mile stretch slows down the pace and ascends talus slopes to Mount Audubon. Pull out the camera and capture stunning views from Lake Granby to Winter Park to Rocky Mountain National Park before retracing your route back to the trailhead. -Mapped by Kim Phillips and Matt Vellone Distance: 12.2AUD001Location: 40.083763, -105.5811Follow Mount Audubon Trail, a wide, dirt path that travels northwest … [Read more...] about Boulder, CO: Mount Audubon
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright Globe correspondents July 18, 2018 Pirate museums and potato chip tours have their place, but sometimes, you want a little romance and grown-up fun on your Cape Cod vacay — heck, even a date night. To that end, we queried some Cape locals for their “most romantic” recommendations. “Cape Cod Bay at sunset is incredibly romantic. It’s a popular spot for popping the question,” says Maegan Storey of Chatham. (And she should know; she works with wedding parties at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster.) Storey gives major props to the lower and outer Cape, “since it’s less-crowded and quieter” than the rest of the Cape. Her favorites include the Beach Bar at Ocean Edge (of course) and a bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, with a stop at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet, “the sweetest bar on … [Read more...] about A romantic Cape Escape? Here’s how it’s done.
Mount Washington isn’t exactly wilderness. The New Hampshire peak is home to a summit weather station, visitors’ center and museum, all accessible by road or even rail. But when one of the businessmen behind the Mount Washington Cog Railway announced plans in December for the construction for a 35-room hotel and restaurant about 600 vertical feet below the mountain’s rocky summit, local hikers had a message for him: Enough is enough.The plan, put forward by Wayne Presby calls for a 25,000-square-foot structure on the railway’s tracks roughly a half mile from the mountain’s summit, well above treeline and inside the mountain’s fragile alpine zone. At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeast and is known for having the “world’s worst weather.” The hotel, at approximately 5,600 feet, would be a thrilling stopover for tourists riding the railway from the mountain’s base. According to Presby, the … [Read more...] about The Fight Against a Hotel on Mount Washington
Secrets of the Rangers Point Bennett, San Miguel Island, Channel Islands NP According to Chief of Interpretation Yvonne Menard, a 25-year veteran of this craggy chain of islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, this 14-mile out-and-back to a world-class wildlife mecca is one of the best adventures in the park. Yet few people do it. “We get around 300,000 yearly visitors,” she says, “and less than one percent visit San Miguel.” September is the perfect time to go: Sea conditions are calmest, and the coastal fog has usually gone away. First, take a 3.5-hour ferry ride to the park’s westernmost isle. There’s no dock, so expect a wet landing and store your gear in dry bags. Bring all your own water and plan to stay at least two nights in the primitive campground (the boat only comes every few days). On day one, spend the afternoon snorkeling in Cuyler Harbor (pack a mask). The next day, take the ranger-guided hike to count four species of pinnipeds (see … [Read more...] about Trail Mix: West
Jasper LakePicnic or camp on the shores of a lake ripe with cutthroat, brook, and brown trout on this 8-mile out-and-back. Hike .5 mile from the Hessie trailhead on the Devil’s Thumb Trail, then follow the sound of water to an off-trail, three-stranded waterfall. After another .5 mile, keep right onto Devil’s Thumb Bypass Trail. Climb through aspens to a meadow dotted with columbine in summer. After 3 more miles and 1,100 feet of gain, reach the open, spruce-forested shores of 19-acre Jasper Lake beneath its namesake mountain’s rolling ridgeline. Trip ID 2264023 Mt. NevaTest your routefinding and scrambling skills on this burly 9.4-mile adventure. From the Fourth of July trailhead, ascend the Arapaho Pass Trail 3.2 miles to the Caribou Pass Trail. In .4 mile, head west on a .2-mile spur to the boulder-strewn shores of 14-acre Lake Dorothy. Continue south along the jagged ridge above the lake, taking caution with class 3 and 4 terrain as you scramble up 400 … [Read more...] about Mountain Map: Indian Peaks, CO