Mt. Baden-Powell (via Islip Saddle)

Distance: 15.5 MilesElevation Gained: 3,700′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 5:43Critters: Deer Pros:– Elevation gain stretched out over long distances makes lots of easy stretches– Great desert, mountain, and city views– Lovely forest Cons:– Since I didn’t bring hiking poles, my knees are killing me– One section features a 500′ descent and re-ascent, which just isn’t funny Details: Mt.…

Yellowstone: Midway Geyser Basin

Distance: 1.1 MileElevation Gained: NoneDifficulty: EasyTime: 0:45:00Critters: A herd of bison Pros:– Ridiculously colorful– Grand Prismatic Spring is kind of insane Cons:– Crowded– People can be really stupid some times– We were tired Details: Our last stops in Yellowstone were geothermal in nature. Recalling a trip to Yellowstone when I was just an embryo, I…

Yellowstone: The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Distance: 3 MilesElevation Gained: 1,000′Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 2:00Critters: Bison, elk Pros:– Epic waterfalls– Epic views of an epic canyon Cons:– Hot– Crowded, particularly on the stairs– Sight-seeing fatigue Details: After the stops at Norris Geyser Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs, Kelly and I set out for a long stretch of driving around the northern loop…

Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs

Distance: 1.5 MilesElevation Gained: 300′Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:00Critters: None Pros:– Bizarre and fascinating hot spring terraces– Good views of surrounding canyons Cons:– Hot– Crowded Details: Mammoth Hot Springs sits at the northern end of Yellowstone Park. I’ve been fascinated with it ever since I was kid. My parents have this book that has a lot of…

Yellowstone: Norris Geyser Basin

  Distance: 2 MilesElevation Gained: 200′Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:00Critters: Bison, Elk, Geese Pros:– Most active geyser basin– Cold morning air created a lot of dramatic steam– We got stuck on the road behind a heard of bison– We got to drive alongside a bull bison– We practically had the geyser basin to ourselves Cons:– None Details:…

Montana, Day 5: Beehive Basin

Distance: 6.4Elevation Gained: 1,400′Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 3:15Critters: Marmots, Great Danes Pros:– Alpine scenery– Alpine lake– Mountains surrounding the alpine lake– Wildflowers galore Cons:– Lots of dead pine trees that fell victim to pine beetles Details: Beehive Basin was the last of the hikes I had planned to do in the Big Sky area. I tagged…

Montana, Day 4: Cinnamon Mountain

Distance: 8 miles Elevation Gained: 2,650’ Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous Time: 3:34 Critters: None Pros: –          Expansive 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains in the Gallatin/Big Sky Area –          Meadows covered in wildflowers –          Legit mountain climbing with only half the effort! Cons: –          The thunderstorm that rolled in limited my time up top Details: Cinnamon Mountain lies within…

Montana, Day 2: Porcupine Creek

Distance: 3.9 Miles (Porcupine Creek), 2.6 Miles (Snowmobile Trail)Elevation Gained: 500′; 700′Difficulty: Easy, ModerateTime: 2:02; 0:56Critters: None Pros:– Quality hiking time with Kelly and Dave– Beautiful open sagebrush, pine, and juniper woodland– Views of Lone Mountain and the surrounding mountains Cons:– None, unless wanting more is a con Details: On our second day in Montana,…