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Yosemite Highlights Loop – Yosemite National Park (40 mile loop)
The trail then continues southwest over the summit of Clouds Rest and down towards Half Dome and the Quarter Domes
Along the way down the trail you get some awesome views of Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Mount Broderick, and Half Dome.
View of Half Dome from the Snow Creek vista point
There is a great vista point along the connector trail that allows you to see Vernal Falls from above.
Closer view of the Merced River and the Lost Valley
The vista is only a few minute hike from the junction and is well worth the effort. This is the view looking northwest at Tenaya Creek cascades through the canyon with snow peaks in the background.
This 40 mile backpacking loop includes up-close views of several of the most beautiful areas of Yosemite National Park. Starting and ending in Yosemite Valley, this itinerary circumnavigates Half Dome and provides awesome views of Yosemite Valley, Tenaya Canyon, Tenaya Lake, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, the Merced River, the Lost Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, and Nevada and Vernal Falls.
The Enchantments – Alpine Lakes Wilderness (18 mile point-to-point)
Near the top of Aasgard Pass there is a small lake below the steep Dragontail Peaks (credit: Chris Rapp)
View of the Gnome Tarn and Prusik Peak near the pass (credit: Jedd P)
View of Prusik Peak and Shield Lake from near the top of Prusik Pass (credit: Will Thomas)
View from the Southeast end of Perfection Lake (near the outlet) with Little Annapurna peak in the background (credit: Brian Holsclaw)
View of the entire Upper Enchantments region which you hike through after Aasgard Pass (on left). In view are Tranquil and (credit: Randy T)
The Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness are one of the premiere backpacking destinations in Washington State. This region boasts rugged granite peaks, pristine alpine lakes, and everything that the Cascade Mountain Range has to offer.
North Circle Loop – Glacier National Park (52 mile loop)
Looking back at the Swiftcurrent Headwall and waterfalls the trail continues to descend towards Bullhead Lake (credit: John Strother)
Hiking along the trail with Mount Grinnell in view (credit: John Strother)
From the Granite Park Campground, you begin hiking to the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail. It is roughly 1.1 miles and 700 feet of climbing to reach the top of Swiftcurrent Pass (credit: John Strother)
Panoramic view of Sue Lake from the overlook, which is about 2.7 miles and +1,000 feet roundtrip from Fifty Mountain Campgronud (credit: John Strother)
At the ~3 mile mark, the Stoney Indian Pass Trail passes by the scenic Atsina Lake (credit: John Strother)
Morning view of Mokowanis Lake and Pyramid Peak before leaving to start the Day 3 hike (credit: John Strother)
The North Circle backpacking loop traverse across ~50 miles within the impressive Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. Along the route you pass through the Ptarmigan Tunnel, hike over Stoney Indian Pass and Swiftcurrent Pass, and hike along 11 miles of the famous Highline Trail, which follows the Continental Divide and provides some of the best views in Glacier National Park.
Banff National Park Hiking Highlights (Peyto Lake, Moraine Lake, Bow Lake, Lake Louise)
View of Bow Lake and the Crowfoot Mountain backdrop as seen from a turn on the Icefields Parkway.
Taking in one of many beautiful views at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park (from atop of the rock pile near the lake outlet stream)
View of Peyto Lake from a viewpoint along the Bow Summit Lookout Trail.
Fairview Mountain and Lake Louise.
View of the stream as it exits the canyon. The colors here are great.
Banff National Park is home to many beautiful turquoise lakes and intimidating mountains. In this report we describe hikes starting at several of the signature lakes within Banff. The scenery in this park is hard to beat and the backdrops are truly one of a kind.
Four Pass Loop – Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, CO (28 mile loop)
The famous view of the Maroon Bells framed behind Maroon Lake (credit: mrubenstein01)
The day starts with a ~1 mile climb to the top of West Maroon Pass. As you get closer to the pass, the terrain changes and you becomes much more sparse with no trees (credit: mrubenstein01)
View of Snowmass Lake and Snowmass Peak (credit: mrubenstein01)
Wildflowers and Snowmass Lake in the background (credit: mrubenstein01)
Hiking down into the Minnehaha Gulch, the trail follows some large sweeping switchbacks (credit: mrubenstein01)
The Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, CO is one of Colorado’s premiere backpacking trails. Along this route you cross four mountain passes over 12,000 feet high and have many different views of the Colorado Rockies.
Three Sisters Wilderness – Broken Top Loop (24 mile loop)
View looking back at No Name Lake, the Ball Butte, and Mount Bachelor from the Broken Hand Ridge
Sunset view from the night one camp at Golden Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness
View of the South Sister from across the larger of the Green Lakes.
Along this descent you keep the great view of the Three Sisters.
Near the 5 mile mark on the Broken Top Trail you get a nice view of the Cayuse Crater in the background. The trail eventually skirts around to the right of the crater.
The Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend, Oregon offers excellent backpacking opportunities with varying terrain. Trails traverse volcanic features (craters, solidified lava flows, buttes), alpine lakes, and small glaciers. This is a truly unique area!
Yoho National Park – Iceline Trail and Takakkaw Falls (13 mile loop)
On the other side of the ridge, you find another lake made of Emerald Glacier melt.
View of Takakkaw Falls from the Yoho River Trail.
View of Laughing Falls near the Yoho River.
Glacial lake along the Iceline Trail. This lake sits in front of the Secretary-Treasurer sub peak.
Descending from the Iceline Summit and hiking towards two more lakes along the trail.
The Iceline Trail is one of the signature hikes within Yoho National Park in British Columbia. Along the trail you are treated to views of waterfalls, glaciers, and expansive alpine views.
Teton Crest Trail – Grand Teton National Park (48 mile loop)
View along the Teton Crest Trail looking up at Fox Creek Pass and the start of the Death Canyon Shelf
The Teton Crest Trail then works its way through the South Fork Cascade Canyon. There are some truly amazing views in this section of the hike. Grand Teton and Middle Teton as viewed from the Teton Crest Trail
View looking forward on the trail from the base of Sunset Lake.
Mount Meek with wildflowers in the foreground.
Looking back at Marion Lake during the climb.
John Moulton barn near Grand Teton National Park
The Teton Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful backpacking loops within the continental United States! Grand Teton National Park is full of amazing scenery and has an abundance of wildlife.