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Alpine Lake Loop Trail – Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV

We really enjoyed hiking on the Alpine Lake Loop Trail (we had it to ourselves) and we found it suitable for younger kids.  The trail passes two beautiful alpine lakes, Stella and Teresa Lakes, with great views of Wheeler Peak.  If you still have energy, you can add to your hike a short walk to view the ancient Bristlecone pine grove.

Trail Length

2.7 miles

Elevation Gain

600 feet

Cascade Springs Hike – Uinta National Forest, UT

A beautiful hike where there are a number of springs that bubble to the surface creating a series of pools and waterfalls. There are three easy loops to choose from. The Lower Loop takes you through cool forest and over bridges where you can look for brown trout in the crystal clear water. The Middle Loop crosses over a waterfall, then follows the tinkling streams towards the source. The Upper Loop takes you to the natural springs source where the water is seeping up through the ground.

This hike is on paved paths suitable for strollers. If you did all three loops it still would be under a mile. Plan an hour to hike and to soak in the beauty.

Directions: From I-15, take Orem 800 North Exit 272 and travel east on this road, Highway 52, until you reach the mouth of Provo Canyon. Make a left turn onto Provo Canyon Scenic Byway, Highway 189. Travel on this road past Sundance for approximately 7 miles onto the Alpine Loop Road, Highway 92. You can go to the website for more details.

Emerald Lake Trail – Mammoth, CA

Emerald Lake Trail is located in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, close to the town of Mammoth Lakes.  This moderate and beautiful hike is noted as a less-traveled trail which was true for our visit - we had it to ourselves!  The trail follows Coldwater Creek where we saw small cascading waterfalls, ferns and wildflowers as we made our way to the lake.  Emerald Lake is surrounded by beautiful forest that casts its reflection into the calm, glassy waters of the lake.  Makes for beautiful photos.

Trail Length

2.5 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain

568 feet


Easy parking, bring bug spray, water, hat and a snack.  Was pretty easy on the kids too!

Lost Palms Oasis Trail – Joshua National Park – Twentynine Palms, CA

This hike takes you through breath-taking desert landscape as you make your way to the Lost Palms Oasis.  Sturdy shoes a must as the trail goes from packed trail to loose dirt as it crosses through dry stream beds (may not be passable after a rain).  The oasis holds beautiful palm trees which shade as you enjoy a snack and water. It is important to bring plenty of water for each member of your party.

Trail Length

7.2 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain

375 feet

Stewart Falls Hike – Pleasant Grove, UT

This 4.2 mile out and back trail is heavily trafficked and for good reason. Stewart Falls is a beautiful waterfall close to the Provo, UT area. It falls in two tiers and is over 200 feet tall. The hike is considered moderate, however, I thought with the elevation it was a little more difficult. The forest around you as you hike is beautiful! There is a nice overlook of the falls or you can choose to descend to the base of the falls. NOTE: This section is quite steep with no railing - hold on to your kiddos!!! Not stroller friendly. The trail is also dog-friendly!

To get there: From I-15 take Exit 275 (UT State Road #52 or 800 north in Orem). Go east 3.5 miles to Provo Canyon to US 189. Follow the left turn left onto US 189 into Provo Canyon. Continue up Provo Canyon for 7 miles to Sundance Ski Resort turnoff (UT State Road #92). The turn to Sundance is just after to pass through and small tunnel. Turn left onto UT 92 continue up for 5 or 6 miles either to the Sundance Ski Area. If you are choosing to ride Ray’s Lift to the trailhead then park in the resort parking and make you way to Ray's Lift.
Subway Cave Hike – Old Station, CA

Subway Cave is a fantastic opportunity to explore a lava tube!  This easy hike takes you along a 1,300 feet (1/3 mile) long trail through this remarkable natural wonder.  Inside the lava tube there is ample headroom down the middle but does get low along the sides.  The trail itself is rubble-free for the most-part but is uneven so sturdy shoes are a must.    Note that there are stairs leading from the parking lot to the cave opening so cave is not stroller or wheelchair friendly.  BRING A FLASHLIGHT!  Lava tube does not have any lighting and visibility is zero.  Temperatures remain at about 46F year-round for a light jacket. Be sure to take a light jacket.


Hwy 89/Hwy 44, Old Station, CA

(530) 336-5521

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