Mazatzal Peak Loop, Mazatzal Wilderness, AZ Only 50 miles from Phoenix, the Mazatzal is at once easily accessible and astonishingly remote. With more than 25,000 acres of wilderness stretching from evergreens to saguaros and few visitors in any season, this corner of Arizona is a perfect fall retreat. Time your trip for peak hardwood colors in mid- to late-October to catch the leaf show. Fall here has the best weather, too; October is well past monsoon season, with comfortable daytime highs in the mid-70s. Watch for black bears amid the fall foliage on the 15-mile Mazatzal Peak Loop, a tough dayhike that rolls through more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain on its way around the mountain. Start on the forested Barnhardt Trail, then turn left on the Mazatzal Divide Trail at mile 6. At mile 9 take a left onto the Y Bar Trail and return back to your car. The views of the Mazatzal Peak Escarpment and the south fork of Deadman’s Creek are ample reward for the effort. Split the … [Read more...] about 20 Fall Hikes You Can Do Right Now
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Els 3 Monts (The Three Mountains) – Surrounding Barcelona The Els 3 Monts trail winds its way through three of Barcelona’s natural parks - El Montseny, Sant Llorenç del Munt and Montserrat. Broken into six stages, the well-marked, 66-mile trip can be completed over several days, staying in local hotels along the way, or split into shorter combinations, including day hikes. All the segments have at least one thousand feet elevation gains, with the highest being over 4,000 feet. This route travels through beautiful natural landscapes, while also featuring Romanesque and modernist architecture in rural communities. The Els 3 Monts also provides ample opportunity to taste the Catalan gastronomy made from local ingredients, and hiking to the restaurants makes the food taste that much better. … [Read more...] about Europe’s Next Hiking Destination: Catalonia
You can see more than 49 different species of rare and endangered flora and fauna here, and you are welcome to hike the well-maintained trails to adobes and vernal pools. In some areas of the reserve, you can bike the trail or explore it on horseback. … [Read more...] about 20 Fun Things to Do in Temecula, CA
The church was locked. No surprise, really. It was late afternoon in a small village that has only a handful of full-time residents and no full-time clergy. Still, I was disappointed. Not because of any sudden need to pray. I was simply struck by the elegance of the stone construction, the classic bell tower, and the way the building sat both in the middle of Llagunes and on the edge, overlooking the green folds of the Siarb Valley. Even with no one around, the centuries-old church was clearly the heart of the village, which has no stores, no restaurants, no cafés. … [Read more...] about Hike the Medieval Villages of Catalonia
6:40 p.m.: Welcome back to football! The Patriots are set to meet the Giants tonight at Gillette Stadium. New York’s rookie quarterback Daniel Jones faces a sizable challenge -- no rookie signal-caller has ever won at Gillette against Bill Belichick, and Jones is without Saquon Barkley, making that obstacle even tougher. For the Patriots, we know they’re a little banged up on offense, as they won’t have Rex Burkhead and Phillip Dorsett. The thinking is that between the (expected) bad weather and the New England defense, that’ll be enough to carry the day for the Patriots. We’ll have the inactives before the top of the hour, as well as a weather update, the latest line, and a pregame reading list to get you ready for this one. … [Read more...] about Countdown to Kickoff: Giants at Patriots, 8:20 p.m.