It's a legit question often asked on Instagram and for good reason, everyone's always sharing only the most epic of perspectives.
I really appreciate you even considering to ask where that picture is from and any likes or comments on our pictures. All those small actions of support are the reason Sticker Art is able to survive as a small business.
So please, don't be too terribly upset with me when I don't give you the location details of that epicness.
Overuse of trails due to social media influencers posting specific location details is a real threat to sustainable access. All of the sudden a certain area will see hundreds more people than average visiting and the Forest Service or BLM hasn't prepared the trails to deal with it. Also without a proper education of the landscape, it's really impossible to know sometimes if you're doing damage. Knowing you need to pack out your poop and toilet paper when hiking is obvious.
But did you realize this picture below of some dirt is actually a living organism known as Cryptobiotic Soil?
Aside from tree's, they are one of the main organisms that change carbon dioxide into oxygen so we can breathe. If you simply walk on this stuff it can take 50 years to repair itself, if ever.
We aren't fully educating you on these things and it's just too easy to simply ask where something is via DM on Instagram. So we'd love it if you got out there in person and started making friends with locals to find out where the real gems are.
Go to a coffee shop and try awkwardly asking the person next to you - "what's the coolest trail around here?". You could make a new friend for life.
Exploring, getting lost, getting found, talking to locals to find out where the epicness is - that's where the real magic happens. That's where the best memories come from.
I hope you can use our posts as inspiration to pursue adventures in a specific type of landscape you're drawn to. It won't matter if this beautiful blue lake is the exact one you end up at, wherever you go will be beautiful and epic in its own unique way.
- Bryant AuCoin