5 Bragworthy Mountain Escapes

Anne Victoria Clark

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With a high-tech odyssey through the Rocky Mountains, the 2017 Ford Escape proved itself an ultimate mountaineer’s companion to Denver tech entrepreneur Jacqueline Ros. To spread that pioneering spirit across the nation, here are some of America’s most breathtaking summits (from tall to really tall) to climb with the help of the 2017 Escape.

 

5,267 Feet: Mount Katahdin, Maine

The 5,267-foot Mount Katahdin may not be the tallest, but that’s no consolation when hiking the infamous Knife Edge Trail. This pass—which narrows to just a couple of feet in places, along thousand-foot drops—is definitely not for the faint of heart. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, as admittance to the park is limited. But you can count on your Escape with available Intelligent 4WD to navigate your way to the trailhead without a hitch.

 

6,288 Feet: Mount Washington, New Hampshire

At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is a slightly more intimidating adventure, as extreme weather can quickly make the climb difficult. Hurricane-force winds and temperatures dipping to -50°F in the winter are not uncommon.

 

Luckily (at least during the drive), the Escape offers available features like heated seating and a heated steering wheel. What’s more, with SYNC® Connect* and FordPass®** you can start the Escape with your smartphone and warm up the cabin as you make your way down from the mountain. You’ll be glad you did.

 

8,751 Feet: Guadalupe Peak, Texas

Why not try a little change of scenery for something a bit warmer? At 8,751 feet, Guadalupe Peak towers over Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Admire the breathtaking views from the top of what is actually a prehistoric ocean reef formed by millions of fossils. And be sure to pack up your spelunking gear: The legendary Carlsbad Caverns are just a short drive away. If you need more room, fold flat the second-row seats for extra space—up to a maximum of 68 cubic feet.

 

8,842 Feet: Half Dome, California

At 8,842 feet, Half Dome was once said to be “inaccessible” and would “never be trodden by human foot.” Yet today thousands of people have reached the summit of this Yosemite icon. And for good reason: Hiking up the granite formation rewards mountaineers with unparalleled panoramic views of the High Sierra. Those determined to go all the way can climb the sheer rock face using the cables built right into the side of the dome.

 

For an altogether different view of the Half Dome, pilot the Escape and its available powerful 2.0L EcoBoost® engine over to the Olmsted Point parking area. There, whip out your binoculars to see an antlike line of hikers climbing cables along the majestic rock face.

 

14,179 Feet: Mount Shasta, California

If you feel ready to kick it up a notch, head west for even bigger adventure on the towering 14,179-foot Mount Shasta. This legendary mountain demands both grit and sheer athleticism for the trek up the aptly named Misery Hill. But for many, the otherworldly views will be worth it. As you climb up the mountain, the landscape view is transformed from earth into the clouds themselves.

 

Once you’ve finished appreciating this natural wonder, you might find new appreciation for the way your Escape takes confident style into fresh territory with its 19-inch Ebony Black-painted aluminum wheels and LED taillamps with black bezels that come with the available Sport Appearance Package.

 

*SYNC® Connect is an optional feature on select 2017 model year vehicles and includes service for five years from the vehicle sale date as recorded by the dealer.

**FordPass®, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a free download. Message and data rates may apply.

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