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Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail

HIKING

DOGS NO

0.3 (miles)

 Very; Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ – ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail is a very easy hike in Mount Rainier National Park that is perfect for kids or the elderly. The park says this hike starts at the “Carbon River entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Rain forests seldom occur far from coastal areas, making the forest that grows in this valley unique. Use this trail to explore the only true inland rainforest at Mount Rainier.” Mount Rainier has plenty of camping available. Cougar Rock Campground is located in the southwest section of the park, Ohanapecosh Campground is in the southeast, White River is in the northeast section and Mowich Lake is a small tent only campground in the northwest section of Mount Rainier.

Red Tape

Entrance, Camping and Backcountry Fees
Contact: Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Ave East Ashford, WA 98304…

Vernal Falls Footbridge

Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park.
Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park.

                      

HIKING

DOGS: NO

WATERFALL

1.6 (miles)

 Easy;

Out & Back

~400 (+) (Elev. Δ – ft)

California

Yosemite

Vernal Falls Footbridge is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park that leads to an amazing view of the falls. This trail is paved and only has 400 feet of elevation gain, making it an ideal choice for hiker traveling with younger children. However, what it lacks in distance it makes up for in sheer beauty. The view of the 317-foot Vernal Falls from the footbridge is nothing short of breath-taking. This is a very popular trail in Yosemite Valley. If solitude is what you seek, look elsewhere. There is camping available in Yosemite National Park.

Red Tape

Entrance, Camping and Backcountry Fees
Contact: Public Information Office PO Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389…

Gear Madness 2015 bracket

SPONSORSGear Madness 2015 – Bracket ContestAn Outdoors Contest like no other!We’ve pitted top-of-the-line gear against each… well, obviously they can’t “play” like teams do in that other bracket that runs in March. Instead, we developed the Challenges below to serve as your guiding light and inspiration!Use them to determine who advances if you like. If not, that’s cool too! Submissions received prior to March 22nd will be used to determine who advances and results released on the schedule below.Please don’t hesitate to shoot us a message via social media @TrailMob if you have questions or comments (FAQ also below).Rounds 1 & 2 Suggested Challenge (by group)Round 1 ChallengeRound 2 ChallengeTents & BagsWhich piece of gear is more likely to get a couch-potato millennial interested in the great outdoors?50 Shades of Camping… enough said… pick one!Packs & ApparelJohn Colter was running the original naked and afraid when he was famously chased by young Blackfoot Braves, which piece of gear could he have used most?The guy on a buffalo would likely prefer which piece of equipment?Gadgets & What-notYou’re castaway with Tom Hanks and his volleyball Wilson. Which piece of gear do you hope washes up?Someties it just comes down to whether is it a need or a want (but can’t it be both?).Filters & CookwareYou just landed a reality tv spot, you get one luxury item, which would you bring?TSA felt a little extra frisky on your trip back from Colorado, but yeed more if lost in the wilderness?Round 4 Suggested ChallengeAll groupsIt’s the final 4! Which is the better all-around piece of gear, from car-camping to epic thru-hikes?Final Suggested ChallengeThe FinalWe leave this one up to you, which should be crowned Last Gear Standing?


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All gear prizes are awarded by a drawing-style raffle. Submit your bracket with the form above. Entries must be received by April 4, 2015 at Noon (MST) to qualify. See below for more info and terms and conditions.Submit a Bracket:

  • Before March 22nd, 2015 (3:00 MST): Two chances to win (if Last Gear Standing correctly chosen, three chances to win).After March 22nd, 2015 (3:00 MST): One chance to win.
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    *Until submission deadline, one additional chance for each of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest & Instagram; so long hashtags used as requested.

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    Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 1 Backpacking tent, INOVA X3R Rechargeable LED flashlight, Osprey Daylite pack, MSR MicroRocket stove, assorted TrailMob schwag & much more from the sponsors of #GearMadness (25 prizes in total)!

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  • March 22nd: Submission deadline for maximum entries and chance for winner bonus (but you can still submit after this date).March 22nd: Results of Round 1 released with analysis.March 29th: Results of Round 2 & 3 released with analysis.April 4: Results of Round 4 & analysis released. Bracket submission deadline at Noon (MST)!April 6: Results of Final and raffle contest winners are contacted!
  • FaqI didn’t receive a confirmation e-mailThere is no confirmation e-mail – if you saw the congratulations screen after clicking ‘submit’ you are entered! Congratulations and good luck!How do you determine which piece of gear advances?GearMadness is by no means scientific (if you couldn’t tell from our questions!). Match-up winners are decided based on submissions received, in combination with our own review. Check back for the recap commentary for post-match analysis!How was this seeded?TrailMob editors based on personal experience and in the interest of creating worthy match-ups!How do I keep track of my entry?Please print or take a screenshot prior to submission!

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    • Entry to the Gear Madness Bracket Contest (the “Contest”) is available only to U.S. persons over the age of 18. You may be asked, at any stage, to provide TrailMob Media, LLC (“TrailMob”) with proof of age and/or identity.Promotional consideration (the “Prizes”) for the Contest were provided by the sponsors listed above and TrailMob.Employees and relatives of employees of TrailMob and any entities affiliated or related therewith shall not be eligible to enter the Contest. For the purposes herein, the term “relative” shall mean spouse, partner, parent, child or sibling.A raffle will be held to determine winners. The raffle shall take place on or around April 6, 2015. The odds of winning are directly related to the number of entrants. The period prior is referred to as the Promotional Period.Each entrant shall be entitled to make entry during the Promotional Period by hitting ‘Submit’ on forms above and/or through social media sharing. Entry into the Contest is free. In the event that TrailMob deems an entrant to have in any way acted in bad faith with respect to the Promotion, such entrant shall be excluded from the Contest and consequently deemed ineligible to win any Prize.In order to enter the Contest via bracket submission each entrant shall submit their fully completed bracket, first name, last name, and valid email addressThe Prizes awarded to entrants for winning the Contest (a “Winner”) shall be determined by TrailMob based on the results of the raffle and Prizesavailability.Winner specifically acknowledges that Winner shall be responsible for the payment of all tax, title fees, license fees, insurance requirements and other charges as may be required under any law, ordinance, statute, regulation or otherwise.TrailMob shall notify winner via e-mail or social media, as appropriate, within five (5) business days of the Contest. Winner shall then have ten (10) business days to respond (and provide shipping information) or the Prizeswill be considered forfeit.TrailMob’s decision is final with respect to all matters relating to awarding of the Prizes and the Contest generally and shall not be subject to review or appeal by any entrant or by any third party. Some prizes may ship directly from the manufacturer.Your participation in the Contest is deemed your agreement that TrailMob may (i) contact you in the future and (ii) use your name, likeness or image for promotional and marketing purposes without the requirement for any payment to you and you hereby grant TrailMob the right to do the same and expressly waive any claims against TrailMob in this regard.A Prizesis neither transferable nor exchangeable and cannot be exchanged for money or money’s worth.By entering the Contest, each entrant unreservedly agrees to these terms and conditions which govern the Contest and the awarding of the Prize.By entering the Contest each entrant agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless TrailMob, its legal representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents from any damages whatsoever suffered, sustained or allegedly sustained in connection the Contest or the acceptance of the Prize.TrailMob reserves the right to alter these terms and conditions at any time and in its sole discretion.TrailMob reserves the right, at any time, to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest if, in its sole judgment, the Contest is not capable of being conducted as specified.These terms and conditions and any matters relating hereto shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Idaho.

    “Wow!” – NPS Spokeswoman Remarks on National Park Service Vandalism Investigation

    The investigation into Casey Nocket’s actions is gaining steam.  Today, TrailMob.com spoke with her mother and National Park Service Spokeswoman, Alexandra Picavet.  Nocket is accused of a string of vandalism across western National Parks.  During a conversation with her mother earlier today, she reiterated Casey’s remorse for the acts, her willingness to accept the punishment and that she is fully cooperating with the investigation.  Casey’s mother informed us that “she is preparing for a meeting with investigators tomorrow.”  When we asked the Park Service to verify these claims, we were told “the National Park Service does not comment on open investigations.”   Picavet did, however, say that “the investigation is on-going and we are doing a full investigation and cannot say if just one person is responsible.”  The NPS’ Initial Press Release indicates they are investigating ten acts of vandalism, to date Nocket has not been linked to all ten.   Picavet went on to say “we have forums for artistic expression but vandalism and destruction of National Parks is not one of those forums.”

    While the Park Service would not comment on the details of the investigation, Spokeswoman Picavet was willing to address a few things with us.  This story has gone viral on social media and has also been reported by nearly all national media outlets.   With that comes widespread sharing of the vandalism images… it’s that sharing that has the NPS very concerned.  “The Park Service is asking all media outlets to blur the pictures and to stop sharing unblurred images so as to not give the vandal publicity for these destructive works.” 

    TrailMob is now honoring that request.  While a likely oversight by other media outlets, those that are glorifying Nocket’s action should perhaps rethink their own actions.  Does Cosmopolitan magazine really think that a person who vandalized public property someone who should be celebrated as a “hero” for “inspiring a lot of girls to break some rules”?  To many, breaking a rule is skipping school, not vandalism.  Breaking the law surely conflict with at least one of the commandments of Cosmo’s Mission Statement.  Spokesman Picavet had not heard of this article yet when we shared it with her yet her response says it all:  “WOW?!?!?!!!!”  We reached out to Cosmo’s Public Information Officer Lacey Drucker but our calls have not been returned.
    Screenshot of Cosmo Headline (pixelation added)

    The scope of this investigation means that this is all going to take some time to resolve.  While details of the current investigation are in the dark, Spokeswoman Picavet was able to shed some light on the process:  “Each park must do its own assessment of the damage,” something we’re told has not been completed yet, but “once the investigation is complete, it is given to the U.S. Attorney’s office who will determine how the case will be brought.”  The investigation and results from each  park’s damage assessment will determine if the damage falls into the realm of misdemeanor or felony.   If any areas of historic or archaeological significance were damaged, then the penalties will likely escalate to felonies under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.   As for penalties, if misdemeanor charges are brought, the maximum is one year in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.  That could really add up on a per count basis, depending on how the U.S Attorney’s office decides to pursue the case.  If felonies are pursued, the maximum penalty stiffens to 1 year in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.  A second offense felony carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.  Again, this is all subject to how and if U.S. Attorney pursues the case.  

    While this vandalism is a horrid act to parks that don’t belong to any one of us, but rather to all of us, the attention highlights a larger problem that can still hopefully result in a positive outcome.  As Spokeswoman Picavet says, “the National Park Service has 80 million acres in its jurisdiction, 20,000 employees [law enforcement is only small subsection of that], and 280 million visitors year.”  The vandalism in this case “has made many people aware and outraged… people are helping by turning in reports and by not encouraging this type of destructive behavior…  these are national treasures and we all have a part in protecting them for future generations.” …

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    Shades of Death Trail

    The Shades of Death Trail is a renowned hiking trail located in Warren County, New Jersey. Stretching over seven miles, this trail offers a unique and thrilling experience for outdoor enthusiasts. With its intriguing name and breathtaking scenery, it has become a popular destination for hikers from near and far.

    The trail gets its name from the dark and mysterious history surrounding it. Legend has it that in the 19th century, this area was plagued by a series of unexplained deaths, giving rise to its ominous name. While the exact origins of these stories remain unclear, they have only added to the allure of the trail, attracting thrill-seekers and history buffs alike.

    Despite its eerie reputation, the Shades of Death Trail is a beautiful and peaceful place to explore. Surrounded by dense forests, tranquil lakes, and picturesque landscapes, it offers a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner looking for an adventure, this trail has something to offer for everyone.

    the Shades of Death Trail is a captivating hiking destination that combines natural beauty with a touch of mystery. Its rich history and stunning scenery make it a must-visit location for outdoor enthusiasts. So, grab your hiking boots and embark on a journey along this intriguing trail to experience the shades of death for yourself.

    5 Reasons you should visit the Shades of death trail

    Firstly, the trail offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and eerie history. As you venture through the dense forest, you’ll be surrounded by towering trees, babbling brooks, and picturesque landscapes. However, what sets this trail apart is its haunting past. Legends and stories of mysterious disappearances and supernatural occurrences have shrouded the trail in an air of intrigue, making it an unforgettable experience for those seeking a thrill.

    Secondly, the Shades of Death Trail provides a challenging and exhilarating hiking experience. With its rugged terrain and steep inclines, this trail is not for the faint of heart. As you navigate through the winding paths and rocky outcrops, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a novice looking for an adventure, this trail will test your limits and leave you with lasting memories.

    Thirdly, the trail is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The diverse ecosystem along the trail is home to a wide array of flora and fauna. From vibrant wildflowers to elusive woodland creatures, you’ll have the opportunity to observe and appreciate nature in its purest form. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the variety of avian species that call this trail home, while animal lovers may spot deer, foxes, and even the occasional black bear.

    In addition, the Shades of Death Trail offers a unique opportunity for history buffs to delve into the past. The trail takes its name from the legends and tales that have been passed down through generations. Exploring the trail allows you to immerse yourself in the rich history of the area and discover the stories behind its intriguing name. From Native American folklore to tales of early settlers, this trail is a treasure trove of historical significance.

    Lastly, the trail provides a peaceful and rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With its serene surroundings and tranquil atmosphere, the Shades of Death Trail offers a chance to reconnect with nature and find solace in its beauty. Whether you’re seeking solitude or a place to unwind with loved ones, this trail offers a much-needed respite from the chaos of modern living.

    the Shades of Death Trail offers a unique and captivating experience for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and adventure seekers alike. With its blend of natural beauty, thrilling hiking opportunities, diverse wildlife, rich history, and peaceful ambiance, this trail is a must-visit destination. Embark on this journey and discover the allure of the Shades of Death Trail for yourself.…

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