Waterfall Wonders | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 21 Exclusive Destinations

Waterfall wondersMountains mean waterfalls, and these places have plenty of both.

When the snow melts in Summit County, the waterfalls turn from a trickle into a roar. Around Breckenridge, check out McCullough Gulch, a 1.2 mile walk that will bring you to a series of cascading falls over rocks, with gorgeous mountain backdrops. Continental Falls is the largest waterfall around Breckenridge, going down through chasms with trails on the side for easy viewing.

Panorama lies in the Purcell Mountain Range, with peaks, forests and rivers everywhere. The Valley Trail is a 3.5 km loop that goes around the village of Panorama. Keep going on the more rugged trail along Toby Creek to find a bustling, gurgling rapid that goes into the creek. For an even more challenging hike, Lake of the Hanging Glacier is an eye-popping turquoise alpine lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The trail winds through a forest alongside several waterfalls and a running creek.

If you’re poking around for waterfalls around Asheville, Brevard is the town you seek. This mountain town is engulfed in the Pisgah National Forest and has an estimated 250 waterfalls hiding in the woods. Looking Glass Falls is a 60-foot rumbling cascade of water right off the roadside. Swim in the rocky pool below on a hot day, or explore the trails around the falls. Nearby Sliding Rock offers more summer fun, as swimmers can slide down the slick rock into a refreshing pool below.

Impossibly steep cliffs, consistent tropical rain, and greenery like you’ve never seen before welcome you to Molokai. Most of the falls are on the northeastern side of the island. Check out Moa’ula Falls, Hipuapua Falls, and Papalaua Falls to see long, skinny tendrils of water falling over the steep green cliffs. Many of these are more than 1,000 feet tall and appear when it rains. Helicopter tours are the easiest and most dramatic way to see these cliffs, as many are close to the sea, but falls accessible via hikes are there too if you’re looking.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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