North & Central America

California

ROUTE: Gaviota State Park to Piedras Blancas, California ROADS: California 1, U.S. 101 MILES: 120Elsewhere on the Pacific Coast Highway, weekenders in minivans...

Nevada

ROUTE: Baker to Lake Tahoe, Nevada ROADS: U.S. 50 MILES: 412 "Highway 50 is all mine," I tell myself, flooring the accelerator. "I own this road." There's no...

Washington/Oregon

ROUTE: Toppenish, Washington, to Bend, Oregon ROADS: U.S. 97 MILES: 195 The Cascade Range (and U.S. 97, which rides its eastern flank) splits Washington and...

The Great Indoors

Q: I like dried fruit, camping and bugs. My wife likes brie, soft beds and spas. Question: Where can we go in August where we can hike and bike by day, and have a full service...

Papoose Creek Lodge

ROGER ANS CINDY LANG became legends to environmentalists when they exchanged their Silicon Valley lives for a 25,000-acre Montana ranch, then leased the water rights to a trout-conservation...

Fresh Tracks

HIGH DESERT OASIS On June 1, the posh El MONTE SAGRADO TAOS hotel in Taos, New Mexico, will open its teak doors. A showcase for local owner Tom Worrell's waste treatment systems,...

10. Mount McKinley

* SUMMIT ELEVATION: 20,320 feet * TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 12,920 feet * DURATION: Three weeks * SNAPSHOT: Combine alpine, ice, and glacier skills on the roof of the...

Nimmo Bay Resort

THERE'S THE ONLY ICE I know that you can ruin with a fine scotch, Craig Murray proclaims, pointing to our landing spot, a glacier-crowned peak rising from a fjord. Moments later, sudden fog...

Rancho de la Osa

SCANNING THE DUSTY arroyos around Rancho de la Osa, a guest ranch near the border town of Sasabe, Arizona, it's easy to imagine a time when outlaws crossed this parched landscape to the safety...

Pelican Inn

AFTER A BREAKFAST of grilled tomatoes and eggs-over-medium, my girlfriend and I narrowed our hiking options down to two. She, a tireless trekker, proposed a hike east through the coastal...

The Tropics Next Door

It was our first morning in paradise. The deserted white beach at our tent flap stretched a quarter-mile out to the breakers. The backdrop was a sheer-walled green valley—some oo aa birds...

7. Wolf's Head

* SUMMIT ELEVATION: 12,165 feet * TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 3,045 * DURATION: Three days * SNAPSHOT: A remote rock climb featuring a gutsy knife ridge DEEP...

1. Half Dome

* SUMMIT ELEVATION: 8,842 feet * TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 4,800 feet * DURATION: One Day * SNAPSHOT: A demanding walk-up in the heart of America's climbing capital

2. Longs Peak

* SUMMIT ELEVATION: 14,255 feet * TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 4,850 feet * DURATION: One Day * SNAPSHOT: Your first taste of thin air on a nontechnical ascent THE...

3. Mount Shasta

* SUMMIT ELEVATION: 14,162 feet * TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 7,212 feet * DURATION: Two Days * SNAPSHOT: Learn the art of upward flow on snow AT 14,162 FEET,...

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