Old brick smokestack in Death Valley, California.

Hiking Surprise Canyon in Death Valley

A good hike through Surprise Canyon averages about four hours. Many people go far over that and trek into Panamint City, but the canyon is well worth the time to explore on its own–picture relaxing with your feet in the splashing creek and a nice picnic in the shade after a good workout. Use these detailed directions and trail tips to experience all the canyon has to offer.

Sunlight filters through the trunks of thin tall redwoods along the wooded portion of the trail.

San Francisco Bay Area Day Hike: Pomo Canyon Trail

Although the trail presents great views of the ocean and the Russian River when the weather is clear, it also leads to a destination that doesn’t need sunshine to be enjoyable. In fact, a hike to Pomo Canyon’s redwood grove in dense fog or light rain may be one of the most romantic walks you’ve ever taken. Learn more about this hike from expert Ann Marie Brown.

View of the San Juan Islands across the water with large rocks and pine trees in the foreground.

Seattle Day Hike: Cedar Lake

The Chuckanut Mountains are best known for the colorful drive along Puget Sound during the fall. Open for hiking year-round, Cedar Lake is one of the mountain’s best lakes, a small, quiet swimming hole on the mountain’s northeastern end. Author Scott Leonard shares information about the length of the hike, the optional climb to view Puget Sound, and more.

Hilltop view of Park City and surrounding hills, with short wild grasses growing in the foreground.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Lost Prospector

This Park City backyard trail is an autumn classic. Traversing right above town, the trail is popular with beginner mountain bikers, and it makes a nice outing for hikers of all types. Mike Matson shares the scoop on where to go, what you’ll see, and more.

A fragmented stone mountain rising up above scattered coniferous trees.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Brighton Lakes Trail

At the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, tucked into the steep rocky terrain and hidden from view from the road, sits a chain of sparkling alpine lakes. This moderate, three-hour hike offers hikers progressively more impressive rewards as they explore farther up the trail. Mike Matson discusses what you’ll see on the trek, how to modify your route, and more.

A bare stone peak juts up sharply above a tree-lined lake with grasses growing on shore.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Lake Blanche

The glaciers have done beautiful work, making the Lake Blanche Trail one of the most popular trails in the Big Cottonwood Canyon, and in the Wasatch Mountains in general. If a glacial cirque filled with three picturesque alpine lakes sounds like something you’d like to see, Mike Matson tells you all you need to know about the three-hour hike to get there.