Hike to Ice Caves, Waterfall and Erratics on Grottos Trail Near Aspen, Colorado
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Hike to Ice Caves, Waterfall and Erratics on Grottos Trail Near Aspen, Colorado

This is a short hike with a huge wow factor. The Grottos Trail off of Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado, has geological wonders including unusual boulders, an ice cave and cascading waterfall. Grottos Trail is very popular. To be the crowds, do what my friend Lisa and I did. Get to the trailhead before 7 … Continue reading

Waterfall Hike at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado
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Waterfall Hike at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado

The thunderous roar of falls, feeling the mist kiss your face, and the beauty of the rushing water cascading over rocks make hiking to a waterfall a rite of passage in summer in Colorado. They’re refreshing, mesmerizing and I’ll hike to one any chance I get. One of my favorite waterfall hikes for families is … Continue reading

Hike to Treasure Falls
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Hike to Treasure Falls

This roadside “attraction” is a real gem, a real treasure actually.  I was heading to Denver after a stop in Pagosa Springs and decided to make a stop at Treasure Falls.  According to legend, there’s “a treasure of gold” buried in the mountain home to the falls.  In the late 1700s about 300 Frenchmen secretly … Continue reading

Hike to Icy Zapata Falls
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Hike to Icy Zapata Falls

This is a story that began about two million years ago when alpine glaciers covered the mountains peaks and valley floors of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains like an icy blanket.  The ridge that is home to Zapata Falls is a huge pile of rocks deposited thousands of years ago by a glacier.  Water flowing … Continue reading

A Fall Hike to Raven Cliff Falls
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A Fall Hike to Raven Cliff Falls

In the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area near Cleveland, South Carolina, is a heavily forested trail leading to a spectacular view of a 400-foot waterfall. To get to the trail, drive north of Caesars Head State on US 276 for a mile.  You’ll see a large, paved parking lot on the right.  Take the second right … Continue reading