Guides and Trips

Big South Fork - Leatherwood Loop Trail
by latitude11 on Dec 15, 2013
Oneida, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
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Big South Fork - Angel Falls Trail
by latitude11 on Dec 15, 2013
Oneida, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 6.6 miles
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Frozen Head State Park - North and South Old Mac Trails Loop
by latitude11 on Nov 29, 2013
Wartburg, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 7.4 miles
We (like many others) combined the North and South Old Mac Trails to form a loop, with the goal of the visiting the fire tower (and the top of Frozen Head - the tallest mountain in the park - about half way. Though most guides report about a 6 mile loop, my GPS tracked 7.4 miles.:::::Getting ThereFinding this trailhead was easy - you simply enter the park, pass the Ranger Station/Visitor Center...
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Elk / Raccoon Trail - Golden Gate Canyon State Park (Denver, Co)
by latitude11 on Apr 06, 2013
Pactolus, Colorado, United States
2.6 miles
I began my hike at Panorama Point, and it's possibly one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Panorama Point is famous for its views of 100 miles of the Continental Divide. 100 miles of view. Yes. You read that correctly. There's a video of what the view looks like on a far less snowy day than the one I was there. The drive into GGCSP is worth it for this view alone. Things...
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Red Rocks - Trading Post Trail (Denver, Co)
by latitude11 on Apr 06, 2013
Morrison, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 1.6 miles
I was SO in love with this trail. So in love. I had no idea that Red Rocks was so beautiful. I mean, of course I knew. But I didn't KNOW. Here's what else I didn't know:- Red Rocks becomes a fitness mecca during the spring/summer. Boot camps, yoga, karate, runners, you name it, they were there at the amphitheater working out. - I expected the trails to be popular, but I didn't...
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Tenderfoot Loop Trail / Realization Point (Boulder, Co)
by latitude11 on Apr 05, 2013
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 1.2 miles
The drive up to the trailhead (Elevation-6,785 feet) is beautiful. Utterly beautiful. There are ample scenic overlooks and you can bet that I stopped at all of them. Pros:- In a few spots along the trail you can see the Indian Peaks even before you get to "realization point"- It's a loop - I'm a big fan of something other than an out-and-backCons:- There isn't a lot of parking at the trailhead -...
Burgess Falls State Park - River Trail/Service Road Loop + Ridgetop Trail
by latitude11 on Jun 30, 2013
Sparta, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 1.4 miles
Pros: - SO PRETTYCons:- SO CROWDEDFrom the State Park website: "The 1.5-mile round-trip River Trail/Service Road Loop is a moderately strenuous hike taking visitors past four waterfalls on the Falling Water River. The waterfalls are 20' cascades, 30' upper falls, 80' middle falls, and 136' lower falls in height. Most people prefer to hike back to the parking lot along the service road. The 1-mile Ridge Top Trail is very scenic with...
Rock Island State Park - Collins River Nature Trail
by latitude11 on Jun 30, 2013
Bone Cave, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 2.5 miles
From the TN State Parks website: "A three mile loop along the outer edge of the Collin's River peninsula. The trail winds beside the riverbank and gives the hiker a chance to view white-tailed deer, pileated woodpeckers, Christmas ferns and a wide variety of wildflowers."Pros:  - The trailhead is SUPER easy to find (sometimes they aren't!) - The path is mostly shaded - which is wonderful on a hot, sunny day - I went...
The start of the walking trail from the parking area Photo
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My favorite section along the Little Harpeth River Photo
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Deerwood Arboretum (Brentwood, TN)
by latitude11 on Nov 25, 2012
Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
Walking | 1.5 miles
The Deerwood Arboretum and Nature Area (27 acres) is a city park and arboretum located along the Little Harpeth River, Deerwood Lane, Brentwood, Tennessee. It is open daily without charge.I'm not sure how it's possible that I've never been here before (the park has been open for 20 years!), but I went and explored the walking path there today. Better late than never, right? The arboretum has a 1.5 mile path that circles...
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Day Use Trails (Mouse Tail Landing State Park)
by latitude11 on Nov 22, 2012
Spring Creek, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
Mousetail Landing State Park is less than 30 miles away from the Natchez Trace State Park so I decided to drive on over there. The drive is scenic through pretty (and, okay, sometimes not so pretty) farm land and small communities. Finding Mousetail Landing was easy. Finding the trails... a little less so. I entered the park and went straight for the Park Offices. This time, unfortunately, no printed maps! And no restrooms -...
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Cub Creek Lake Trail (Natchez Trace State Park)
by latitude11 on Nov 22, 2012
Morgan, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 5.0 miles
The Natchez Trace State Park and Forest is located just over 100 miles west of Nashville. Today was my first venture out there, and I'm glad that I went - I want to go back again. The route I took:- I entered the park and stopped at the park offices where you can obtain printed trail maps (hooray!) from a small box outside the office. Unfortunately (and I hate to complain because I'm...
Starting back along the Wildwood Trail from the Pittock Mansion parking area Photo
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Forest Park - Hoyt Arboretum from Pittock Mansion (Portland, OR)
by latitude11 on Oct 29, 2012
Portland, Oregon, United States
Hiking | 1.0 miles
My ultimate destination from Lower MacLeay Park to Pittock Mansion was actually the Hoyt Arboretum and the Japanese Gardens. This one mile portion of that trip is the piece from the mansion to the arboretum. (There's also another 2 miles of this trip from within the arboretum - I did the "1 hour loop" trail - and over to the Japanese Gardens, but I admit I was lost most of the time and the map...
Just past the trail head under the Thurman St Bridge Photo
Blach Creek runs alongside the trail for the first ~1 mile Photo
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Forest Park - Pittock Mansion From Lower MacLeay Park (Portland, OR)
by latitude11 on Oct 29, 2012
Portland, Oregon, United States
Hiking | 2.5 miles
It only took a few steps into Forest Park for me to fall completely and utterly in love with it. I lucked out and got a briefly sunny day in Portland in late October and immediately set out for this trail. Some highlights:I took a bus from where I was staying to the Lower MacLeay Park Trailhead. Finding this trailhead was very easy and the bus dropped me relatively closeby. There's parking and...
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Discovery Park - Loop Trail (Seattle, WA)
by latitude11 on Oct 27, 2012
Seattle, Washington, United States
Hiking | 3.5 miles
I had a small chunk of time that I used during a visit to Seattle for a conference to visit Discovery Park and do the loop trail. Of course, being late October, it was pouring down rain but I pulled on the hood to my raincoat and went anyway. The Pros:The trails are well marked and the walking surface (a fine gravel) made them ideal for even a day like the day I...
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Sugar Hollow (Bristol, VA)
by latitude11 on Aug 11, 2012
Bristol, Virginia, United States
Hiking | 3.6 miles
It was impossible for me to be at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and not get out of downtown Bristol and see what the parks had to offer. We weren't originally heading for Sugar Hollow, but it's proximity to I-81 (and a Starbucks) made it an easy choice. Sugar Hollow is right in the midst of a community and shopping area, but once you're in the park you wouldn't know it...
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Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Nature Trail (Vancouver)
by latitude11 on Apr 16, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hiking | 1.6 miles
Pacific Spirit Regional Park is part of the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands. Within there are many, many trails. The Nature Trail (which is the primary trail I followed on this trip) was far busier than any of the other trails I hiked at Pacific Spirit. The path I took:I walked along 16th Ave to the next trailhead.I entered the trails on the Nature TrailAt .75 miles I turned left onto the Hemlock...
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Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Top Trail & Camuson Bog (Vancouver)
by latitude11 on Apr 16, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hiking | 3.2 miles
Pacific Spirit Regional Park is located within the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands. Within the park are many, many trails and this is the only park in Vancouver that I was definitely lost in! Pros:This park is easy to access from downtown Vancouver. A relatively short bus ride away made it a simple place to find. The trees here are magnificent! Cons:None of the trailheads I encountered had a map. And though I'd printed...
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Stanley Park Sea Wall (Vancouver)
by latitude11 on Apr 15, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Walking | 7.0 miles
A "must see" in every guidebook, I visited Stanley Park in the late afternoon and completed the seawall walk. There's lots to see and do along the way and one could easily spend many more hours here than the 2 it took me to complete the walk. What you need to know:Though you can walk in any direction you like along the seawall path, you can bike/skate only in the counter-clockwise direction. The pros:It's...
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Lighthouse Park (Vancouver)
by latitude11 on Apr 15, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hiking | 3.0 miles
Lighthouse Park is an ecological reserve boasting old growth douglas firs and rock dating back 187 million years. It also contains a myriad of trails (both "official" and "unofficial" it would seem). What to know:The trail surface in this park is rocky and filled with potential areas to twist an ankle. It's a little slow-going due to the need to step carefully at times!Locating this park can be tricky. Though the directions via...
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Crippen Regional Park - Dorman Point Trail (Vancouver)
by latitude11 on Apr 14, 2012
Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada
Hiking | 1.5 miles
The Dorman Point Trail is a quick, steep ascent to a nice lookout point. It's located near the ferry terminal, making it very convenient to find! The pros:This trail wasn't crowded at all. I only saw 2 other people while I was going up and coming down. I think because the trail isn't mentioned as frequently as Killarney Lake is, perhaps people don't know about it?Though steep, this trail is short. Making it...

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