Start Making Your Summer Outdoor Plans!

March 23, 2018

Are you ready for summer? Here at MI OLA, we can't wait...especially after two NorEaster snow storms within the past week. Yes, two NorEasters in one week...when does that ever happen?! Thankfully, the spring months are in sight, which means that summer will be here before you know it! Heck yes!!!! So why not get a head start to planning epic summertime trips now - before the campgrounds and park passes sell out!

Read on  for inspiration... we know you'll be adding these spots to your bucket list. Check out our top places to #getoutthere this summer!

MI OLA Ambassador Ashley B. camping.

Hike through dreamy canyons, sleep under the stars, and swim in waterfalls in Escalante, Utah

You might think Escalante, Utah, is just a blip on the map. It’s a town with less than 1000 residents, a small handful of restaurants, a few lodging choices, and a gas station. However, Escalante is the hub for all things outdoors in south central Utah where visitors can hike, rock climb, race around in ATVs, explore amazing slot canyons, and just get away from it all. The land surrounding Escalante, UT is public land for everyone to do what they enjoy. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses almost 3,000 square miles of pristine backcountry paradise. Check out Becca’s #GetOutThere Guide to Escalante, Utah!

Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

Hike Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park

The Kesugi Ridge trail is one of MI OLA brand ambassador Ashley's favorite hikes. In her words, "Kesugi Ridge is the most rewarding, and beautiful backpacking missions I have done.  Being a mountain girl from the Sierra Nevada’s, I had high expectations for this backpacking trip, and this trail surpassed any preconceived notions I may have had."  She highly recommend this trail for any intermediate backpacker wanting to explore the various terrain of Alaska.   Expect your jaw to drop around each bend on this one of a kind North American trail! Check out her guide to hiking Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park!

(If you're a less advanced hiker, we have you covered. Hike Like a Girl offers some great advice on how to start out and work your way up to doing a 14er by doing shorter, less ambitious hikes.)

MI OLA Ambassador Ashley B.

Explore the Grand Canyon!

Welcome to THE Grand Canyon -  you’ll never experience anything like it anywhere else. It’s impossible to comprehend the vastness of this beauty without being there. It’s one of the U.S.'s most recognized landmarks, twisting and turning to around 277 miles of the Colorado River, spanning 18 miles across in spots, and boasting a depth of a mile. Get inspired to visit by exploring the depths of one of MI OLA brand ambassador Becca's (@roamwildandfree) favorite National Parks, the Grand Canyon, through her eyes. 

Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree


Hike, SUP, Kayak, and Whitewater Raft through Glacier National Park

Imagine jagged peaks reaching towards the Heavens, turquoise water inviting you to take an dip and hiking trails leading every way you could want to explore. If this sounds amazing, head to Glacier National Park. The park is quite literally changing before our eyes. The glaciers have been melting at an unprecedented rate so much so that they could be entirely gone by the next generation - - which means you need to go now! Check out Becca’s #GetOutThere Guide to Glacier National Park for more!

Taking an alpine dip in Grinnell Lake. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

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