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Old 05-07-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Your favorite scenic day hiking locations?

We enjoy hiking and are looking for new scenic day hiking adventures. We appreciate challenging, scenic day hikes and have enjoyed hiking in the Tetons, Yellowstone, and the following Texas and Arkansas State Parks and would appreciate knowing your good ol' USA favorites! We are ready to explore! THANK YOU

Texas - Garner State Park, Lost Maples State Park, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Cap Rock Canyon State Park, Colorado Bend State Park, South Llano River State Park ***Big Bend National Park is incredible and a definite favorite!

Arkansas - Mount Magazine State Park, Petite Jean State Park
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Walking / hiking through the gardens in Mt Rainier National Park are worth the trip. We hiked 90% of the way to Paradise point one time in the same area. The flower hikes just north of the Paradise Inn are not too hard. The hike to Paradise Point is long and pretty hard. The day we tried to make it the temps were just too high for us to make it. The park was getting record temperatures at that time.

Also, hikes in Zion National Park are beautiful. When one along the creek from the main lodge is a great hike. A bit crowded though.

Yosemite has many fantastic hikes. We went to the Yosemite valley one may before the crowds and hiked several of the trails up the side of the valley. The temperatures were perfect and no crowds at all. In April - May Yosemite has lots of water in all the falls and the views are spectacular. That trip we stayed in the Awhanee and did not take our RV.

Death Valley has a number of very nice hikes. We hiked the dunes near Stovepipe wells. We also hiked in several miles up towards Zabriski point. You have to see the pupfish when in DV. There is actually lots of water in DV.

Forgot about the west entrance to Zion. There is a western part of Zion that is right off I15 north of St George about 20 miles. Almost no one goes there. There are several very nice hikes of the curvy road that goes up to an overlook. 1/50th of the crowds to the main part of Zion. Do go to the overlook and the small hike to the point.

Arches is of course fabulous too. Try going when it is not 105. During April you can walk in the park at a bunch of places to wonderful views. We also took our Jeep on several hairy trails west of Arches. Just don't do a Colorado white water trip in April, you will freeze as we did.
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Cannot beat The Great Smokie Mountains for hiking. I'm lucky enough to live in western NC and watch the mountains all year. The are more hiking trails and waterfalls all over the Smokies and along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Georgia to Maine than I could name.
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Hiking in Bryce Nat'l Park is like exploring a fairyland. It's awesome!
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:25 AM   #5
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Zion...Angels Landing, Observation Point, The Narrows
Moab...Negro Bills Canyon, Needles, anything in Arches
Capital Reef...it's all amazing
Goblin Valley...Little Wild Horse Canyon, and the Goblins of course
Bryce is beautiful
Smokies are awesome
Anything in the Rockies
You can't go wrong, just pick one area and go!
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Humpback Rock, Blue Ridge Parkway. Great view, once you complete the climb up to it.
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Please if I may slightly hijack this thread.
We will be making our 2nd trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons this September . Did very little hiking the first trip. There are so many hikes it is mind boggling . We are 2 active seniors and are good for 5 to 8 mile round trip hikes.
We will be in the parks almost 3 weeks. Could you please recommend several hikes in each park. I am a bit "bear scared" but want to get over it. We do have bear spray.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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We will be making our 2nd trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons this September . Did very little hiking the first trip. There are so many hikes it is mind boggling . We are 2 active seniors and are good for 5 to 8 mile round trip hikes.
We will be in the parks almost 3 weeks. Could you please recommend several hikes in each park. I am a bit "bear scared" but want to get over it. We do have bear spray.
First - We have never encountered a bear on any of our hikes in these parks or anywhere else, including Alaska. For these you won't be alone on the trails as these are popular parks. Talk loud, sing (if others aren't near you) and you'll be fine. If there has been bear activity on trails the rangers close the trail immediately. You shouldn't have any issues. Enjoy!

We've been to both parks many, many times....because of the hiking. I suggest you Google the names of these hikes for more info and also, there are many excellent hiking books for these parks. Also ask about them at the Visitor Center. These are some of our favorites:

Yellowstone: These are all in the NW section of the park -
-Beaver Ponds, Moderate hike 5.2 road trip
- Bunsen Peak - Easy to Moderate - vistas of Mammoth area, 4 mi rd. trip
- Grebe Lake - Easy - 6.6 mi. rd. trip
- Fairy Falls - moderate 3.25 mi. geysers & falls
- So Rim of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone - Easy 5 mi rd. trip

Tetons: Grand View Point - moderate - 6 mi rd. trip
- Jenny Lake Loop - easy, more people - 7.5 mi. rd trip
- String Lake - easy, 3.8 mi rd trip
- Lake Solitude - we wanted a 'big' one on one trip - 15.3 mi. rd. trip with a 2350' EL gain. This was one long day but a gorgeous hike.
- the Tetons has many small hikes 3-5 mi. and sometimes we'd do a couple a day. They're very nice.
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Chiiricahua National Monument.
In Eastern AZ just South of I-10. Nearest town is Wilcox.
A small in campground in the park and one nearby. It is at a higher elevation so cold in winter.
More balanced rocks and hoodos than I have seen anywhere. 17 miles of trails. A nice loop trail,about 3 hours at the top parking area.
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Thank you twogypsies. This is exactly what I was looking for. Can't wait to lace up the boots!

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My favorite hike is from the chair to the cooler, sometimes it's rough, if the sun is getting under the awning !!!
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