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During my internship here, I was able to update and write the content for it. These arenas were my favorite locations that I wrote about and I am proud of.

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Duck Lake

Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park

1.5 miles N of Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park

Duck Lake Trail is located near Grant Village and West Thumb. This is an easy half-mile hike (one mile, round trip) that takes you through the lodgepole pine forest which is still recovering from the 1988 wildfires. 

The hike leads you to a sandy beach and you can overlook a scenic and peaceful lake. The shore of Duck Lake is really nice as it’s a broad, sandy shore. As you walk across the beach you will find various logs on the shoreline that are piled up into makeshift teepees which make for a fun view.

Except for the occasional buzz of cars near the West end of the lake, you might have little idea that this lake is just 100 yards from the highway. Many hikers have said that the most peaceful time is during the evening right before the sun sets over the lake. 

WARNING: This location is not considered a swimming area and would be best if you wore closed-toe shoes and kept shoes on because leeches have been reported. 


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 20 Jul 2018
1.5 mi

Riddle Lake Hike

Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park

2.8 miles S of Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park

This hike takes you through a blanket of forest, then a dirt trail that leads you to the beautiful lake. You will pass several tree trunks covered in scratch marks, offering fresh evidence that bears frequent this area*. This hike is closed for a majority of the hiking season due to swans nesting in that area. To know if it is available to hike, contact the park ranger.

Riddle lake was named by early explorers in the 1800's who were uncertain about which ocean the lake drained toward because it sits so close to the Continental Divide- it was believed flow toward both the east and west oceans and then later discovered that it actually flowed into Yellowstone Lake. This area does attract a lot of wildlife such as Elk, Moose and Grizzly bears. 

Upon reaching the lake you can see the Red Mountains to the south. The trail then follows the shore and eventually ends at a black sand beach on the northeast side. Many people stop their hike when they approach the lake, but you can continue around the lake to enjoy the scenery. 

This is considered an easy hike with little elevation difference.

*WARNING: To stay extra safe, it is smart to have bear spray with you on your hike and also to make noise while you are on your hike to keep wildlife away. When it comes to wildlife, if you see them on your hike, do not approach them, for your own safety. You can take pictures of wild life but do not approach to pet. 

You must pay the $25 entrance fee or have an America the Beautiful Annual Pass to enter Yellowstone National Park. The $25 entrance fee is good for 7 days.


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 20 Jul 2018
6.1 mi

Shoshone Lake (via DeLacy Creek)

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

6.3 miles E of Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

If you are just coming from Old Faithful and want a break from the crowds, this hike is a perfect leg-stretching, moderate 6.1 mile hike. This hike takes you through the forest and grassy trail. As the hike comes to an end, the trail gets wider and leads you to the edge of Shoshone Lake.

The name "DeLacy Creek Trail" comes from Walter Washington DeLacy, who was the leader of an expedition going through the Yellowstone region in 1863. He was credited for the first reliable map of Yellowstone two years after his expedition. Shoshone Lake used to be know as "DeLacy Lake" for a while. By 1872, Shoshone Lake held five or six different names until Park Superintendent P.W. Norris thought the name Shoshone Lake was fitting because of the Indians that frequently were found nearby. 

Fishing at Shoshone Lake is allowed if you have received a fishing permit from the park. If you catch a native fish to the park, you can catch and release it. If it is nonnative, there is no limit to how many fish you can catch. Native fish include the cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and Arctic grayling. Nonnative fish include: brown trout, brook trout, rainbow and lake trout. Fisherman are asked to only fish with single, pointed, barbless hook and lead-free artificial lures. All watercraft needs to have a permit purchased from the park service

REMEMBER: Backcountry hydrothermal areas do not have boardwalks like the park does. Scalding-hot water and/or steam can lie beneath a thin crust. Be careful and use caution when entering Shoshone Geyser Basin. Stay away from areas that do not have vegetation, as that is a sign of a natural hydrothermal area. Carelessness in the backcountry thermal areas is dangerous and destructive to these rare features. 


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 20 Jul 2018
0.1-0.9 mi

Natural Bridges State Park / Monarch Butterfly Trail

Santa Cruz, California

2.0 miles SW of Santa Cruz, California

This trail is perfectly tucked away from the business of Santa Cruz. Monarch butterflies, during the Winter, fly here to stay warm. As you walk through the Monarch Grove, you will see trees covered with butterflies. Their wings fluttering look like tree leaves blowing in the wind, until you take a closer look. It is a peaceful place to be as you learn about Monarch butterflies and watch them fly around.

Monarch butterfly migration begins at different times but they start arriving in the grove around mid-October. This is the perfect time of year to take a nice stroll on the boardwalk and watch the butterflies. The park is filled with eucalyptus trees which give the butterflies the perfect protection for them in the winter months. Since this is a preserve, it is asked not to grab or hold butterflies and to stay quiet to help continue making them feel safe. The end of the Monarch season is around mid-February. It is the perfect, family friendly location. 

There is one main trail, but you can customize the length of your walk/hike depending on what you would like to do. 

The trail leads to a beautiful sandy beach. You will see a huge, beautiful rock arch to your left of the beach. The water is refreshingly cool. Watching the sunset over the water, pulls out the orange colors of the arch rock making the scene bright and peaceful.

This is the perfect location to see shore birds, migrating whales, and playing otters offshore. As you continue to walk around the beach, you will come across tide pools where you can get a glimpse of sea life. The low tide allows visitors to see star fish and other sea animals. It is a great location for families to explore and enjoy their time together.

Important Information: There is a $10 vehicle day-use fee. The water is shallow enough for children to play safely, but it is necessary for parents to supervise their children because there aren't lifeguards on duty. Bikes are permitted on the paved roads around the park and beach. Dogs are also permitted on paved roads and in the park but not on the beach. 


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 12 Jul 2018
0.3 mi

Burney Falls

Burney, California

9.2 miles N of Burney, California

Burney Falls has been considered one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state. It stands at 129 feet tall and is coated by curtains of green fern. The best part about this waterfall, for many hikers and Californians is that it flows year-round. This is one of the very few waterfalls in California that has good water flow throughout the year. The waterfall is loud, but can also be pretty remarkable in how peaceful it can feel.

The main attraction, can be accessed directly from the parking area or through many different trails which lead to higher or lower views of the falls. Each angle is beautiful in their unique ways. The best time of the day to go is earlier in the morning and a little before sunset. If you go in the middle of the day, it could get crowded.  

The water temperature never rises over 42 degrees Fahrenheit, but the fisherman never seem to mind because of the great fishing that happens. The fishing that takes place is catch-and-release fly fishing. 

There is an $8 day-parking fee at this park. Do not park on the street near the entrance of the park, because your car could be subjected to citations or be towed. 


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 18 Jun 2018
5.6 mi

Quarry Trail

Cool, California

2.0 miles N of Cool, California

This is a hike along the river and an old, historic railway. The trail leads you to a a beautiful amphitheater carved from limestone.You are surrounded by beautiful nature and peaceful noises. The trail is wide and you can take your time to take in all the beauty. The only part that is a little more difficult is the last stretch up to the quarry. 

The railway that you will see used to carry out limestone and was taken 7 miles to Auburn for cement productions. Each train was filled about four times a day. In 1942, the metal from the old railway was used as scrap metal during WWII. 

There are some places on the trail that aren't clearly marked, especially when you get to the quarry. Stay wary of where you are and keep an eye out for signs that will guide you to where you need to go. The trail is great all year around, but between April and June, the wildflowers are the most beautiful. 

KEEP IN MIND: California does charge $10 as a day-use fee for each car going into the parking area, although prices are subject to change. Dogs are allowed if they are leashed. There are no bikes allowed on this hike. 


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 18 Jun 2018
0.2 mi

Mayfield Nature Preserve

Austin, Texas

3.6 miles NW of Austin, Texas

Mayfield has so many great trails. There are a couple of loops you could travel that leads you to other trails, and will take you on many adventures around the preserve. 

Please remember that Mayfield is a nature preserve, so when visiting, it is especially important to leave the wildlife alone, including the peacocks around the garden.This is to ensure their and your safety. When roaming the preserve refrain from boisterous activities and let the serenity of the area surround you.

Mayfield Park includes a historic cottage, 2 acres of colorful cottage gardens with beautiful, large palm trees, bright peacocks and beautiful water lilies. Mayfield Preserve is a 21 to 22 acre natural area that surrounds the park, containing walking trails and wildlife habitats.

Something to keep in mind that makes Mayfield interesting, is that it is a feature that makes GPS readings harder to come by. The heavy foliage cover over much of the park provided uneven GPS reception for much of the hike, but you can find the hike marked on the trails. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Open daily during weekdays between 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, but closed during the weekend. There are no pets allowed because of the wildlife. If you are looking to reserve a spot, or are a photographer, you must read through these guidelines to know who to contact. 


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 1 Jun 2018
1.5 mi

Twin Falls Trail

North Bend, Washington

5.5 miles SE of North Bend, Washington

During this three mile hike, you'll be trekking near the river. You will be surrounded by the peaceful sound of rushing water. About a mile and a half into the hike, you will arrive at the viewpoint bridge, which allows people the opportunity to view the beautiful waterfall. Rain or shine, this is a beautiful hike to embark on. 

This amazing route has easy access to the river. It also provides plenty open places and overlooks which allow hikers of all ages and skills to go at their own comfortable pace. Due to the closeness to the many larger metropolitan areas near the trail, makes this a heavily used trail during the weekends. Using this trail on weekdays is highly recommended.

History of the location: This trail was forced to be closed at the beginning of 2014 dues to heavy rainfall and erosion that wiped out a key section of the trail. But, fortunately, through the work of EarthCorps, a local nonprofit, the trail was rerouted and rebuilt so the community could once enjoy the iconic Twin Falls and then reopened in May of 2016.

To many people, this is a must-see and must-do hike because it is peaceful, beautiful and enlightening. 


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 31 May 2018
1.3 mi

Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail

Orick, California

2.5 miles NE of Orick, California

This is a short hike that surrounds you with greenery and beautiful, tall trees. As you hike through the grove, you may hear birds chirping, but you will mostly just hear your feet walking on the dirt trail. It is a quiet, peaceful place to go to escape the day-to-day noise. 

For a major redwood attraction, this trail is, unusually, at 1200 feet above sea level. This ridgeside grove is spectacular because it is much more than shrubs and trees.The trees are very tall and the greenery that surrounds you is brilliant. This grove is free of noise from the city traffic because of it's elevation. It is often in the clouds and gets a lot more fog than lowland groves.

History of Location: President Richard Nixon, in August 1969, dedicated the grove to Lady Bird Johnson who was an environmental activist, women's right activist, as well as former first lady. Richard Nixon named the grave after Mrs. Johnson because of the beautiful works she accomplished in her life and how the grove echoed that sentiment.

This is a free attraction, about a mile and a half, round-trip, surrounded by lots of parking, and a visual trail guide is available for purchase, for a dollar. 


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 31 May 2018
1.4 mi

Table Rock

Boise, Idaho

3.0 miles SE of Boise, Idaho

Table Rock is located directly above downtown Boise, Idaho and is part of the extreme southwestern portion of the Boise Mountains. It is recognizable by the tall white cross, that lights up. If you're in Boise, this isn't an experience you want to miss. The view from the top allows you to look over Boise, and is the most beautiful as the leaves are changing colors in fall.   

The two best times, to add to the experience, would to be either going before sunrise or sunset. Watching the sun rise is an emotional experience, especially after such a great hike. Or watching the sun set over Boise and watching the lights turn on all over the city, including the cross on the peak. The hike, or drive, offers grand views of the Boise skyline, foothills, and valley. 

Pets are allowed on this hike, but they need to be on their leash. Don't let them run through the brush, especially suring summer months, where snakes hide in the brush. There are multiple paths to the peak, so choose your path before embarking on your hike. There are no fees for this hike.

WARNING: No fires or launching off fireworks from this location. It is too dry and can cause large wildfires. This happened in 2015, and the person who started the wildfire because of fireworks, which in turn burned homes, was convicted. Please be smart and use common sense, because this location is important and beloved by the citizens of Boise and other surrounding locations.  


hike Hiking Trail

Added on 14 May 2018
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