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    Brian Andrews reviewed Hanging Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Love this hike. Arrive early to avoid the crowds. Change to reservation / shuttle system scheduled for May 2019 - limiting usage to 615 per day. A welcome change.

    Check out spouting rock - unique and impressive - just a short additional distance.

    Brian Andrews completed Hanging Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Grass Valley Reservoir

    2 months ago

    A nice add-on either to or from Rifle Falls. And, yes, there are actually lower and upper falls at the end of this hike. Interestingly, these falls are from the canal that starts at Rifle Falls.

    Brian Andrews completed Grass Valley Reservoir

    2 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Coyote and Squirrel Loop Trails

    2 months ago

    Falls are beautiful. Arrived early on a Tuesday in September and had the trail to myself. Squirrel trail follows a canal along red and white geological wonders. While the trails aren’t epic, the falls are worth the trip.

    Brian Andrews reviewed Glenwood Canyon Trail via Glenwood Springs

    2 months ago

    One of my all time favorite bike rides. Get up close to the majestic Colorado river as it changes personality - rapids, calm. Seeing the amazing engineering of the highway through the canyon is an added bonus - constructed to minimize blasting the canyon. Finally, you get views of the steep canyon walls, which seem to change as the sun crosses the sky and shadows play.

    Walking it? Maybe. Bike out and back yourself, or use a shuttle service from Glenwood Springs.

    Brian Andrews reviewed Second Gulch to Third Gulch Loop

    2 months ago

    Trails consist of old, rutted, off camber roads - not a great surface for hiking. Would be fine for bikes.

    High desert terrain without much variation. 96% has no shade.

    The good: loop hike. Short drive from I-70. Not a bad trail to hit to break up a day of driving. Not crowded.

    Brian Andrews reviewed Burning Bear Trail

    5 months ago

    Parking lot to "top" -- 7.6 miles, 1,469' elevation gain (i.e. the miles / elevation on the trail description is wrong - whoever mapped the trail turned back early so don't rely on the AllTrails map).

    Very pleasant hike on a Saturday in June. We saw two other people on the trail the entire time. The first 1+ mile is the most scenic, as it closely follows the stream and has stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Most of the rest of the trail is in the trees, with some near a creek -- very peaceful, easy / moderate trail.

    Brian Andrews completed Burning Bear Trail

    5 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed West Highland Way

    5 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Edinburgh's Royal Mile - Castle To Palace

    5 months ago

    I asked our hotel clerk - tell me about walking here in Scotland. He looked puzzled. I clarified - you drive on the left... “Oh! he says, yeah, there are no rules. It’s a madhouse. Everyone for themselves.” If you don’t mind the rugby scrum of narrow pavement (sidewalks) with thousands of tourons (tourists + morons) then maybe you’ll enjoy the Royal Mile. The old architecture IS interesting, just too many people for my taste.

    Brian Andrews reviewed Arthur's Seat

    5 months ago

    Great views and a nice way to escape some of the hordes of tourists in Edinburgh (not all of them tho). Clockwise gets you to the top faster (along a sloping path), but you have to come down the “infinite steps,” which were a bit slick. Obviously counter-clockwise means you climb the uneven, stone steps that, seriously, seemed to last forever!

    Brian Andrews completed Arthur's Seat

    5 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Three Mile Creek Trail

    6 months ago

    Wonderful hike. We hiked about 3 miles in and crossed the stream 12 times - about 1,250' elevation gain. Changing terrain takes you through dark pine forest, amidst bright aspen stands, under fascinating rock cliffs, past a beaver pond, and across open meadows. We met someone who said there are a total of 18 creek crossings if you go all the way to the intersection.

    Note that there is now a fairly large parking lot on the left (at about mile 2.4 from Grant). The trail starts across the bridge and heads north. The map the parking lot shows the trail as being east of Guanella Pass Road -- this is inaccurate.

    Brian Andrews completed Three Mile Creek Trail

    6 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Jim Creek Trail

    8 months ago

    Great to snowshoe in fresh powder. Limited views - not sure I would like it without snow covered trees

    Brian Andrews completed Jim Creek Trail

    8 months ago

    Brian Andrews added Jim Creek

    8 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfall

    9 months ago

    Few / no crowds in August? Count me in! Two waterfalls, wonderful trail. Awesome example of basalt cliffs. And the upper waterfall shows off the layers of sediment / volcanic dust that built up over the centuries / millennia (?).

    Trail was "up hill" but not steep.

    Brian Andrews reviewed Gullfoss Waterfall

    9 months ago

    The waterfall(s) are beautiful and awe inspiring. That being said, the Thingvallar / Geysir / Gulfoss triumvirate was underwhelming. Probably not worth a full day in the car. If we were to do the ring road again (and we were looking for natural beauty and hiking throughout the trip), we'd skip this day and spend more time along the south coast / glaciers.

    Brian Andrews completed Gullfoss Waterfall

    9 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Laugavegur Trail

    9 months ago

    Cheating a little bit . . . we did a full day hike during a day tour from Reykjavik. Other than climbing on a glacier, the best thing we did in Iceland. Beautiful, ever-changing landscapes with multi-colored hues. Absolutely stunning. THIS is why you came to Iceland!

    Brian Andrews completed Laugavegur Trail

    9 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Skogafoss Waterfall

    9 months ago

    Beautiful waterfall. But do yourself a favor and follow the trail above Skogafoss. More waterfalls, fewer people, terrific views.

    Brian Andrews completed Skogafoss Waterfall

    9 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Glymur Falls Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Not your typical walk in the woods. One of our favorite hikes in Iceland. The "bridge" at the bottom was washed out. Probably not for the inexperienced -- cliff-side exposure on the southeast side with a need for route-finding skills on the way down the northwest side. But so worth it to get away from the tourons that swarm the easy trails.

    Brian Andrews completed Glymur Falls Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Evergreen Mountain Trail

    9 months ago

    Kind of a mini-Bergen Peak. Great trail close to Denver. Home-trail-lunch-home was a little under 4 hours (probably 2 hours on the trail). Late February the trail was snowpacked (recent snowfall) with no ice. Didn't need snowshoes or traction. On a Saturday morning saw 15-20 hikers and half a dozen bikers. You're in forest most of the way, but with some scenic views at the top. We'll be going back.

    Brian Andrews reviewed Raccoon Trail

    9 months ago

    Great views along the trail and from Panorama Point. Didn't needs snowshoes, but traction devices increased speed and safety. A lot of time in the trees.

    Brian Andrews completed Raccoon Trail

    9 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Bootjack Trail Loop

    11 months ago

    Brian Andrews completed Bootjack Trail Loop

    11 months ago

    Brian Andrews reviewed Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Good parts: Easy access from Denver (Exit 253 off I-70). Bottom section is scenic.

    Bad: What goes down must come up - and the best part is at the bottom. Return to the trailhead was quite a slog. Trail is a bit easy to lose near the bottom - when in doubt cheat close to the stream.

    The Chavez section (east) is more scenic than the west (Beaver Brook) - so consider going clockwise so the more scenic trail is your uphill section.

    Brian Andrews saved Rustler's Gulch

    over 1 year ago