Check out one of the rare blowholes at Nakalele Blowhole

Tom’s experience at the Nakalele Blowhole:

Maui’s Nakalele blowhole is one of a few blowholes in the world.
Nakalele Blow Hole Maui

You can see the blowhole from the road but there are numerous dirt trails that lead down to the blowhole and allows you to be right next to it.

Nakalele Blow Hole Hike

You can stand close to the blowhole and have your picture taken just be careful you don’t fall in.

Maui Nakalele Blow Hole

There are also a dozen crabs that walk around the blowhole that are fun to watch.

Hike Nakalele Blow Hole

It is recommended that you wear decent shoes since the dirt trails can get a little slippery and the lava rocks are sharp.

Trail Nakalele Blow Hole

There is also a heart shaped hole in one of the lava rocks near the ocean.

Nakalele Blow Hole Trail

If you are looking for the best photo of the blowhole, go during sunrise to catch it in the background.

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Trail Info: The trailhead is easy to find, it is directly across the highway from mile marker 38.5 along highway 30. If you’d like to hike a little further, you can park at 38.0 and make your way to the blowhole and hike through some neat rock formations. This is also known as the acid war zone.


Main Parking Lot: 21.024519,-156.590364

Nakalele Blowhole: 21.027078, -156.588579

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Enjoy the peaceful Ryder Lake in the Uintas

Tom’s experience at Ryder Lake:

Ryder Lake is a popular overnight camping spot in the Uintas. You begin the trail at Christmas Meadows which is the same trailhead as the more popular Amethyst Lake.
Ryder Lake Christmas Meadow

The trail is 17 miles round trip. You follow the same trail as to Amethyst but when you come to the fork instead of turning left to Amethyst you stay on the trail and go straight.

Ryder Lake Fork

The trail is mostly level at the beginning but there are a few river crossings and a lot of mud. I was able to find rocks and logs to cross over rivers so my feet stayed pretty dry.

Trail to Ryder Lake

However, I did get muddy. My dog got very muddy. After the Amethyst fork there is one more fork where you take the left fork.

Ryder Lake Trail


Hiking to Ryder Lake

Both forks have signs but both are difficult to see if you aren’t paying attention.

Ryder Lake Hike

After the second fork the trail begins to gain elevation and is quite steep for a short distance.

Ryder Lake Uinta

There is plenty of water along the trail so if you bring a way to filter it you can stop many times along the trail rather than carry all of your water.

Uinta Ryder Lake

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

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Trail Info: The trail to Ryder Lake starts out at the Christmas Meadows trailhead off of the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta National Forest. The road from the highway to the trailhead is a graded dirt road and any car could make it so long as it isn’t too wet or snowy. The trail is well maintained and well signed all the way to Ryder Lake but is rocky and steep in a few spots. It is 17 miles round trip to the lake and back. The trail can get very muddy and there is a lot of access to water along the trail and at a few lakes if you bring a purifier.


Christmas Meadows Trailhead = 40.822245,-110.800906

Ryder Lake = 40.726377,-110.826007

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