Where to Find Waterfalls in Grand Teton National Park

Snow Melt Waterfalls in South Fork

Grand Teton National Park is known for its rugged and picturesque mountains, its sweeping views, and abundant wildlife. One thing people notice that’s not easily available however, are the waterfalls you’d expect to see pouring off of the eastern face of the Tetons. With a few tricks however, many waterfalls can still be found, some of them relatively easily. Jackson …

How to Successfully Thru-Hike the Arizona Trail

Exploding Meteor over Coconino Rim

The Arizona Trail (AZT) is a rugged, challenging 800+ mile thru-hike that stretches from the border of Mexico to the border of Utah, and is riddled with challenges such as extreme heat, freezing temperatures, snow, blowing sand, lack of water, consistent elevation change, and many stinging and poisonous critters. It also traverses through some of Arizona’s most spectacular landscapes that …

Day 48: Phantom Ranch to Grand Canyon North Rim

Geologic Layers of the Grand Canyon

I slept better last night than I’ve slept in a long time, and that includes the motel stay in Tusayan which was quite comfortable. I was going to need the rest too. I underestimated the climb out of the canyon (the Grand Canyon, no less), and got completely lost once on top about permits and where to camp. With my …

Upper Calf Creek Falls

Hiker at Upper Calf Creek Falls

Distance: 1.1 mile (one way) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October This is the much less populated and much more wilderness feeling alternative to Lower Calf Creek Falls. Found just a few miles upstream from Lower, Upper Calf Creek Falls sees a fraction of the visitors and can easily give you a more remote desert …

Mossy Cave

Mossy Cave Waterfall

Distance: 0.5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Mossy Cave Trail Description For those who are on Highway 12 skipping Bryce Canyon National Park (why would you do that?), or for those heading to Bryce Canyon National Park from the east, Mossy Cave is a great sampler of what the park has …

Hickman Bridge

Hickman Bridge and Waterfall

Distance: 1 mile (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Hickman Bridge Trail Description From the trailhead, the beginning few-tenths of the trail are the most challenging. After walking along the Fremont River for a short distance, the trail climbs over only a couple tenths of a mile, bringing you up to a small …

Upper Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin

Castle Geyser

Distance: Varies – less than 1 mile or up to 11 miles Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September When people think of Yellowstone, they think of Old Faithful. The two go hand-in-hand and it’s impossible to think of one without the other. What most people don’t realize, however, is that there’s much more to see …

Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop

Twilight Over Mountain Peak

Distance: 18.9 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The views at the top of Swift Creek, leading to the Crystal Creek and Gros Ventre River headwaters are easily some of the most epic mountain views in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but it doesn’t come easily. This Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop …

String Lake to Cascade Canyon

Fog on String Lake

Distance: 6.2 miles (one way – to the end of Cascade Canyon) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June On a normal summer day, I wouldn’t go anywhere near Cascade Canyon unless I were coming out from a larger, overnight trip. However in late July of this year, we received an unusual dusting of snow …