Category Archives: California

Boy Scout Tree Trail to Fern Falls (Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, CA)

Together with nearby Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, northern California‚Äôs Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park contains arguably the most spectacular groves of coast redwoods in the world. Nearly the entire park, bounded by the Smith River to the north and … Continue reading

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Mastodon Peak Loop Trail (Joshua Tree National Park, CA)

Mastodon Peak is a rocky knob in the Cottonwood Mountains of southern Joshua Tree National Park, situated in the Colorado Desert of southern California. From the modest summit, hikers gain 360-panoramic views, with the Eagle Mountains unfolding to the east, … Continue reading

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Top 10 Hikes in 2020

Well, what a strange year it has been. In the early days of 2020, it was hard to imagine that, by March, much of the world would be dealing with a global pandemic that would take the lives of millions … Continue reading

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Crown Lake – Kerrick Meadow – Peeler Lake Loop (Hoover Wilderness/Yosemite National Park, CA)

3-4 day backpacking trip to five spectacular lakes in the Hoover Wilderness and Kerrick Meadow in Yosemite National Park. Continue reading

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Lassen Peak Trail (Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA)

Strenuous climb up Lassen Peak Trail to the summit of a recently active volcano with 360-degree panoramic views. Continue reading

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Drake Lake Trail (Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA)

Five-mile stem-and-loop trek to remote Drake Lake in the Warner Valley area of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Continue reading

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Devil’s Kitchen Trail (Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA)

Devil’s Kitchen is Lassen’s second-largest geothermal area and a thoroughly smelly experience in the park’s Warner Valley area. Continue reading

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Terminal Geyser, Little Willow Lake, & Boiling Springs Lake (Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA)

Moderate hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Warner Valley to Terminal Geyser, Little Willow Lake, and Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Continue reading

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Snow Mountain Loop via Deafy Glade Trail (Snow Mountain Wilderness, CA)

Short backpacking trip through Snow Mountain Wilderness in California’s Mendocino National Forest, plus a loop that visits beautiful Milk Ranch Meadow. Continue reading

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Phleger Estate – Huddart Park Loop (Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA)

Moderate loop hike through redwood-covered Phleger Estate and Huddart County Park on the San Francisco Peninsula. Continue reading

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