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Trail Mix – West – March 2013

Your region's go-now spring guide: Scramble to Salado Indian cliff dwellings in Arizona, spot bighorn sheep in Wyoming, and more.

Perfect Days

Maui, HI
Sliding Sands Trail 
This 9.2-mile out-and-back in Haleakala National Park drops from the 10,023-foot rim of a dormant volcano into the polychromatic landscape inside the crater. Stick around for a once-in-a-lifetime sunset and some of the world’s best stargazing (pick up a star map at the visitor  center). Trip ID 47077
San Diego, CA
Torrey Pines State Reserve 
Hike across one of SoCal’s last undeveloped stretches of beach on a 5.8-mile out-and-back that starts with a 330-foot descent to Black’s Beach. (Heads-up: Black’s is popular with nude sunbathers.) Then drive 15 minutes south for a kayak tour to look for migrating gray whales, which pass through from mid-December to March ($59; Trip ID 8364
Seattle, WA
Heather Lake
Hike into a Cascades forest thick with old-growth red cedar, Douglas fir, ferns, and vine maple on this 4.4-mile round-trip to a subalpine lake cradled in the cirque beneath 5,324-foot Mt. Pilchuck. Heading home, swing by Mill Creek’s Frost Donuts ( for a gourmet post-hike treat (local favorites: Aztec Chocolate and Smoky Maple Bacon). Trip ID 5734
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