Phoenix Day Hike: Mohave Trail 200

If you want a climb to a view but don’t want to get hung up by the crowds on the Piestewa Summit Trail, Mohave could be your baby. This super-speedy hike is the perfect option when you’re short on time and don’t mind the huffing and puffing that comes with its quick elevation climb.

The Hills of Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso is a walker’s city with steep staircases, narrow alleyways, and amazing views. Author Wayne Bernhardson outlines the most prominent landmarks in each of the city’s main hill neighborhoods.

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.

Recreation in Spearfish, South Dakota

Some of the best recreation in the Black Hills is concentrated along the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Laural A. Bidwell recommends the area’s best trails for hiking and biking enthusiasts, the best place to tee up for golfers, and more.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

If you’re driving between Zion and Bryce National Parks, consider stopping at Cedar Breaks National Monument. With ridges and pinnacles extending like buttresses from the steep cliffs, the rock layers offer similar views as Bryce Canyon without the crowds. Learn more about when and where to go.

The Waterfall Route from Baños to Puyo

There are nearly a dozen waterfalls along the road from Baños to Puyo. Here are the best ways to experience this scenic route from biking to guided tours to impressive cable-car views.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Red Pine Lake to the Pfeifferhorn

Hiking in the Wasatch Mountains doesn’t get much better than this! With this nine-mile, butt-kicker level trail, you’ll hike and scramble onto one of the Wasatch Range’s most impressive summits. Learn about where to go, what you’ll see along the way, and more.

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.

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.