A Day Trip to Peru’s Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)

A day trip to Peru’s Rainbow Mountain is fast becoming one of the most popular side trips for visitors to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Is it worth the 3-hour drive from Cusco? Trail to Peak Contributor, Rhett, seems to think so.

The 10 Best Hikes In The Bay Area

The Bay Area is a genuinely unique hiking destination and a must-visit location for those who love the outdoors. In this post, you’ll find 10 great day hikes that are perfect for Bay Area visitors and locals alike.

3 Quick Hikes At Valley of Fire State Park - NV

3 Quick Hikes At Valley of Fire State Park – NV

Valley of Fire is a State Park in Nevada located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The park encompasses 40,000 acres filled with red sandstone, grey and tan limestone, petrified wood, 2,000 year old petroglyphs, bighorn sheep, and more. Valley of Fire is located just off of I-15 making it the perfect short stop on road trips through the American Southwest. 

Hiking Little Lakes Valley (Gem Lakes) via Mosquito Flat - Bishop, CA

Hiking Little Lakes Valley Trail (Gem Lakes) via Mosquito Flat – Bishop, CA

A hike of Little Lakes Valley via Mosquito Flat makes for a quintessential Eastern Sierra outdoor experience. This 8.5-mile out-and-back hike passes by six alpine lakes and provides side trail options to quite a few more. Hikers will pass under the 13,000+ ft mountain peaks of Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Dade, Mt. Abbot, and Mt. Mills.

Hiking Around Patriarch Grove In The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest - Bishop, CA

Hiking Around Patriarch Grove In The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest – Bishop, CA

Patriarch Grove rests at an elevation above 11,000ft, and requires 13 miles of driving on an unpaved dirt road. There are two .5 mile hikes at Patriarch Grove, the Timberland Ancients Trail and the Cottonwood Basin Overlook Trail. In this guide, I’ll provide directions, photos, maps, and instructions on combining these two hikes for a 1-mile figure eight loop. 

Hiking The Discovery Trail At The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest - Bishop, CA

Hiking The Discovery Trail At The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest – Bishop, CA

The Discovery Trail is a short 1-mile loop hike that gains a mere 276 ft of elevation within the Ancient Bristlecone Forest. Although this hike is short, it can still be a challenge since it begins at an elevation above 10,000ft. The trailhead for the Discovery Trail is located at Schulman Grove, right outside the Ancient Bristlecone Forest visitor center. In this guide, you’ll find driving directions, maps, instructions, and photos.

Hiking Pine Knot Trail To Grand View Point - Big Bear, CA

Hiking Pine Knot Trail To Grand View Point – Big Bear, CA

The hike from Pine Knot Trail To Grand View Point is one of the most popular hikes in Big Bear, CA. This 7-mile hike gains 1230 ft and provides hikers with stunning views out towards San Gorgonio Mountain and a bird’s-eye look down at Big Bear Lake. This trail requires no permit and allows dogs.

Hiking Castle Rock Trail - Big Bear, CA

Hiking Castle Rock Trail – Big Bear, CA

Castle Rock Trail is a popular 2-mile out-and-back hike located in Big Bear, California. This short trail gains 610 ft and provides hikers with a bird’s eye view of Big Bear Lake. The path up to Castle Rock is steep, rocky, and technical towards the end, so make sure to come prepared.  

Hiking Magnolia Trail To Buzzard Peak - West Covina, CA

Hiking Magnolia Trail To Buzzard Peak – West Covina, CA

Buzzard Peak is the highest point in the San Jose Hills, a small range that parallels the 10 freeway and separates the cities of Covina, Walnut, and Diamond Bar. At 1345 ft, Buzzard Peak provides commanding 360° views of Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road - Mt. Baldy, CA

Hiking Stoddard Peak via Barrett Stoddard Road – Mt. Baldy, CA

Stoddard Peak sits at 4624ft in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. This peak is sandwiched between the low lying foothills of Upland and Claremont in the front, and the high rising mountains of Mt. Baldy in the back. Stoddard Peak’s location provides hikers with some spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding landscapes. This hike is 6-miles roundtrip, with 1204 ft of elevation gain, and a trail mix of fire road and cross country single track.