My January 2016 Patagonia trip was cut short. Only a month.
I’m planning to stay longer this time.
Arriving Santiago January 20th. Planning to start in Mendoza. Head to Bariloche from there for hiking and cycling.
I’m looking at photos of the Patagonian Andes for inspiration. These are from the upcoming documentary Unbounded. It should be released sometime Spring 2018.
One of the best day hikes in the world.
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Tongariro Northern Circuit — including the Crossing — is even better.
Zach Urness, Statesman Journal:
While occasionally spectacular during the depths of winter, it’s the spring months of April, May and June when the Gorge reaches its scenic peak.
Blooms of wildflowers, roaring waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints and mossy forest combine to offer singular hiking experiences up and down the national scenic area.
To get you prepared for the season, I’ve put together a list of the 13 best overall hikes the Gorge has to offer, in consultation with the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.
As ever, it’s important to remember that hiking during the week or early in the morning is highly recommended. The Gorge becomes as crowded as shopping malls in many places on weekend afternoons.
The Tongariro Circuit in New Zealand is one of our top 10 hikes in the world.
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trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
Climbing to the rim has been closed for decades. Hikers were doing too much damage.
I did the partly wheelchair accessible 1-mile (1.6km) trail Lava Flow Trail and some of the 1-mile (1.6km) Lenox Crater Trail. Both were snowy.
But if you are passing anywhere close to Flagstaff, Arizona, any time of the year. I recommend you make this stop. The Visitor Center is excellent.
The date of the eruptions that formed the 340-meter-high cone (1,120 ft) was initially derived from tree-ring dates, suggesting the eruption began between the growing seasons of A.D. 1064–1065. However, more recent geologic and archaeological evidence places the eruption around A.D. 1085. …
On the same road trip visit nearby Wupatki National Monument.
If you book in advance, Rangers offer guided hikes from October through April. Anywhere from two hours to two days.