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Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater isn’t a hiking destination but it’s a great side-trip if you’re ever 40 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40.  It’s big – 3900′ diameter and 560′ deep – too big for me to get it all in one … Continue reading

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park covers an area of 230 square miles with a chunk of the Painted Desert in the north end.  A 28-mile road runs north-south, with many pull-off areas to see various sights.  There are several short hikes … Continue reading

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park – Lighthouse Trail

My first hike in Texas, and the first stop on a 2-week sightseeing and hiking excursion through the southwest.  Palo Duro Canyon, just south of Amarillo, is billed as the second biggest canyon in the U.S.  The State Park encompasses … Continue reading

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Winding Stair Mtn – Boardstand & Old Military Road loop

It was my second time around this 22-mile loop.  The first trip 7 years ago was also New Year’s weekend and was my first time in the Ouachitas.  I remembered some things but was surprised at some of the nice … Continue reading

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Wind River Range – a Bomber Basin & Ross Lakes loop

This year’s trip in Wyoming’s Wind River Range was 7 days in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness, in the northeast area.  Starting at the Trail Lake trail head south of Dubois, we ascended south into Bomber Basin to near Turquoise Lake, then … Continue reading

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Grays and Torreys Peaks

Grays Peak (14278′) is the 10th highest peak in the Rocky Mountains and along with neighboring Torreys Peak (14274′), is a very popular destination.  RC and I were fresh from the Never Summer Wilderness trip with 3+ days of altitude-acclimation … Continue reading

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Never Summer Wilderness – Baker Gulch, Parika Lake

Colorado’s Never Summer Wilderness borders Rocky Mountain National Park on the west.  7 of us did a 2-night trip along the Baker Creek, Baker Gulch, and Parika Lake trails.  Highlights included great scenery, mostly-good weather, wildflowers, more moose than any … Continue reading

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Leave No Trace

Today I joined the ranks of Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educators. I graduated with 8 others from a 5-day course conducted at the Steel Creek area of Buffalo National River (BNR) by 2 trainers from the Leave No Trace … Continue reading

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No more advertising!

Since starting this web site almost 7 (!) years ago, I’ve used WordPress’ free service where they run ads to offset at least some of their cost.  For about 15 years I’ve used Privoxy to eliminate most advertising and tracking … Continue reading

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OHT Stack Rock Reroute

Construction of a 1-mile reroute around the May ’17 landslide near mile 152 of the Ozark Highlands Trail is nearly complete – close enough that a detour is no longer needed.

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