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Cataloochee Valley in the Smokies is of course most popular during the green seasons. People come from far and wide to experience the wildflowers in Spring, the myriad of hiking trails in Summer, and the exciting elk rut and colorful foliage in Fall. But Winter too has its appeal. Perhaps the best reason to go to Cataloochee in winter is the solitude.
The crowds are considerably smaller. The wildlife is still there. The trails are just as inviting. The views are every bit as scenic. The creeks are refreshing as always. Sure, it isn’t green with all the leaves down. Yes, the air is colder, but if you dress right, you can be just as comfortable. What’s not to like?
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The final day of our recent trip to New Mexico, my brother Dave and I returned to his home in Colorado. Along the way we stopped for some sight seeing in Los Alamos, NM, Pagosa Springs, CO and near Leadville, CO. When we originally left Colorado a few days before, the weather had been summer-like, and we had enjoyed the turning of the aspen trees to their brilliant autumn gold. Once we crossed back into Colorado from the south it became evident some different weather had arrived while we were gone. There was an October snowfall in the Rockies! This was three seasons all in one day.
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Starting at the former site of George Vanderbilt’s Buck Spring hunting lodge near Mt. Pisgah, this hike crosses the summit of Little Bald Mountain before dropping down the watershed to Pilot Rock, one of the many plutons found within the Pisgah Ranger District. The high country is home to thickets of mountain laurel and rhododendron, while various maples, oaks and pines line the trail as you near Pilot Rock.
tarting at the former site of George Vanderbilt’s Buck Spring hunting lodge near Mt. Pisgah, this hike crosses the summit of Little Bald Mountain before dropping down the watershed to Pilot R…
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve protects the tallest sand dunes in North America, and a whole lot more. From the San Luis Valley floor to the crest of the 13,000 foot peaks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains — the park and preserve contains ecosystems ranging from sand sheet to dunes to tundra — each supporting specially adapted plant, animal and insect life. Days are typically sunny, even in winter, and nights offer skies so dark you can see the Milky Way.
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There’s a reason they call it Summit County. An old mining road climbs from Hoosier Pass above 12,000 feet and is surrounded by several of Colorado’s famous fourteeners. The first half of the road meanders through a spruce and fir forest with occasional views of the massive mountains that envelop the region. The rest of the way is above treeline, offering unobstructed viewing of giants Mt. Bross, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Silverheels and Quandary Peak. The north side of the ridge also has long distance vistas of more fourteeners, several ski areas, and Dillon Reservoir.
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The U.S. Forest Service has done a nice job of building trails up the watersheds that drain into the Town of Vail. Included among these is Spraddle Creek, located across I-70 from Vail Village. The reward at the top of the ridge is a mountain meadow that overlooks Vail Valley, Beaver Creek ski mountain, and the Holy Cross Wilderness far, far away. Hike in late September for an extra treat of peak golden aspen color.
he U.S. Forest Service has done a nice job of building trails up the watersheds that drain into the Town of Vail. Included among these is Spraddle Creek, located across I-70 from Vail Village. The …
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Seemed like it must be time to visit Looking Glass Rock in Fall. After all, there are plenty of deciduous trees growing on everyone’s favorite pluton. Hoping for a color bonanza, Ken and I paid the big rock a visit. Following is what we found.
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Bandelier National Monument is one of New Mexico's historic treasures. Alcove House is an ancient cliff dwelling 140 feet up the escarpment that guards the canyon. The trail to Alcove House goes about a half mile beyond the main Frijoles Canyon loop. Alcove House is accessible by a series of ladders that climb the rock face.
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The Río Grande del Norte National Monument is comprised of rugged, wide open plains at an average elevation of 7,000 feet, dotted by volcanic cones, and cut by steep canyons with rivers tucked away in their depths. The Río Grande River carves an 800 foot deep gorge through layers of volcanic basalt flows and ash. Among the volcanic cones in the Monument, Ute Mountain is the highest, reaching to 10,093 feet. This area has attracted human activity since prehistoric times. Evidence of ancient use is found throughout the area in the form of petroglyphs, prehistoric dwellings, and many other types of archaeological sites.
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There aren’t many places in Western North Carolina better for Autumn leaf peeping than the Blue Ridge Parkway. On Monday, October 17, 2016 I set out to demonstrate that by taking a little tour between mileposts 410 and 420. I made stops at Big East Fork, Graveyard Fields, Black Balsam, Fryingpan, Mt. Pisgah and Buck Spring. The maple and oak, sourwood and hickory, poplar and birch, and many, many others were displaying their finest at around 5,000 feet elevation. It was a grand few hours.
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Fog and low-lying mist is very common in the Southern Appalachians. It is a product of the rainforest effect. Fog is highly unusual in the Rocky Mountains, but that’s what greeted Dave and I as we hit the trailhead to climb Shrine Ridge. It was somewhat of a macabre scene as we walked from mountain bog to spruce forest to high meadow on our way to the ridgeline. Shrine Ridge has wide open vistas of three mountain ranges including Sawatch, Ten Mile, and Gore… but not on this day.
og and low-lying mist is very common in the Southern Appalachians. It is a product of the rainforest effect. Fog is highly unusual in the Rocky Mountains, but that’s what greeted Dave and I a…
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Hey, another visit means new photos. Check out the new gallery at the link below.
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Interview with Jeff Clark from Internetbrothers.org
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This is an amazing interview with Jeff Clark from Internetbrothers.org. Learn more about hiking, hiking gear and how to have an amazing expe

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Asheville area hikers invited to series of scenic hikes. Posted by Jeff on Oct 13 2011 949 am in Hiking News | 0 comments ...

Meanderthals | Why Leaves Change
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Meanderthals | Why hike?
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Meanderthals | Breathtaking views, waterfalls highlight Sulphur Creek hike
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Breathtaking views waterfalls highlight Sulphur Creek hike. Posted by Jeff on Oct 11 2011 551 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments ...

Meanderthals | Never took a hike in my life; would do it again
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Take a hike. That is what my father used to tell me when hed had enough of my smart talk as a kid Unfortunately I never took that hike In fact I dont think

Meanderthals | Last Mile of the 165-Mile Cohos Trail in NH Cleared for H...
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Last Mile of the 165Mile Cohos Trail in NH Cleared for Hiking. Posted by Jeff on Oct 10 2011 552 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments ...

Hiking Fiasco: Werribee Gorge Circuit, Victoria. 6th August 2011
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Can I start of this walk with a quick disclaimer? Absolutely nothing strange happened during the entire walk which went like clockwork. No f

The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog: The Second Annual "America Is Your Park"...
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The Second Annual "America Is Your Park" Campaign Underway. The National Park Foundation, in partnership with Coca-Cola, America&#