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OP Adventure Review: December 18-24

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  • Even when the valleys are locked in fog, the views from The Forehead on Mount Mansfield can be incredible.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Overlooking Mussel Rock Beach.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • It is often foggy at the top of the Phleger Estate Loop.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • The sun rises over Bear Creek Falls very late in the morning in fall.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Aerial view of nearby Hahns Peak Lake.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • View of the Western Uintas and Mirror Lake Highway from the summit of Bald Mountain. - OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • View from the summit of Borah Peak.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • As the moon sets, the Milky Way becomes visible in remarkably dark skies over Wellington Lake.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • View of Scout Lake along the Lofty Lake Loop Hike.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Sloqet Hot Springs.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • A typical tent site at Upper Joffre Lake.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Looking out at Lillooet Lake from inside a driftwood hut at Strawberry Point.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Alexander Falls.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Cat Lake.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • The concrete pool at Fish Lake Valley Hot Well is about 105 degrees and large enough for 6 to 10 people.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Big wave day at Mavericks.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Nike Missle Site, Golden Gate National Recreation Area.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Fort Cronkhite, Rodeo Beach, and Rodeo Lagoon from the Lagoon Loop Trail.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Sunrise with a view of Wilson Peak, Lizard Head, and other peaks from Last Dollar Road.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Late afternoon on the dunes at Jalama Beach.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • The Great Heart of Timpanogos in Timpanogos Cave National Monument.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
  • Boofing into a narrow double drop on Brokeback Gorge.- OP Adventure Review: December 18-24
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Greetings and Happy Holidays! This last week was another fine tour through nearly 30 beautiful spots, all courtesy of a fine bunch of Contributors working to share some of their favorite places to explore and recharge. Washington, Utah, Colorado, California, Idaho, a few Northeast states were all featured in this week's adventures, and the adventure types ranged from hikes, special destinations, and beaches to exhilarating whitewater runs.

Kayaking Brokeback Gorge. Photo by Eric Adsit.

Here are a few to get you started, but be sure to check out the featured adventure tiles below.

  • Joffre Lakes Hike: Duncan has made made British Columbia look absolutely stunning this year, and this latest hike is no exception. Fantastic views on this relatively short hike through Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.
  • Borah Peak Climb: Matthew Durrant is a new voice who takes it from the very top by bringing us to Idaho's highest point. The views ain't too shabby, and the workout looks like a great one (5,200 feet!). Looks well worth the remote commute.
  • Wellington Lake: We're lucky to have a few more adventures roll in from Fernando this week, and Wellington Lake is another chapter in his excellent photographic essay on the wonders of Colorado.
  • Brokeback Gorge Kayaking: This run was first explored by Eric and his paddling partner, Taylor Krammen, at low water so they could return when the flows were right. And they were right for this run! You have to see the narrow entrance to One Whistle Falls.
  • Jalama Beach: After the adrenaline subsides, chill out at the beach with Denis' fine shots of Jalama Beach. A burger from the grill followed up by a sunset by the surf sounds like a great way to bring in the new year!
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