Category Archives: Moderate Hikes

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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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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Diablo Foothills Loop (Diablo Foothills Regional Park, CA)

Beautiful loop hike in Diablo Foothills Regional Park, featuring rugged canyons, verdant hills, and shady ravines. Continue reading

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Trail Gulch Lake (Trinity Alps Wilderness, CA)

Short day hike to Trail Gulch Lake in the northern Trinity Alps Wilderness. Continue reading

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Fen Trail to Pacific Crest Trail (Klamath National Forest, CA)

The short Fen trail connects Kangaroo Lake with the Pacific Crest Trail but boasts excellent views of the Klamath Mountains in its own right. Continue reading

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Steep Ravine – Matt Davis Trail Loop (Mount Tamalpais State Park, CA)

The Steep Ravine – Matt Davis Trail Loop in California’s Mount Tamalpais State Park is a longer and more popular variant of the Steep Ravine – Dipsea Trail Loop (described in an April 2015 post). Though not as expansive as … Continue reading

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Falls Trail Loop (Mount Diablo State Park, CA)

The East Bay, for all of its wonderful hiking, is not known for its waterfalls. Flowing streams, let alone tumbling cascades, are scarce amid the largely scrubby, chaparral hills that separate San Francisco Bay from California’s vast Central Valley. After … Continue reading

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Rings Loop Trail (Mojave National Preserve, CA)

The Rings Loop Trail at Mojave National Preserve’s Hole-in-the-Wall area meanders through Banshee Canyon, a wild, narrow notch named by early settlers for its howling desert winds. Though only 1.4 miles, this brief circuit packs a punch, passing through desert … Continue reading

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White Rock Canyon – Arizona Hot Spring Canyon Trail Loop (Lake Mead National Recreation Area, AZ)

Nestled in the depths of a slot canyon downriver from Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, Arizona Hot Spring boasts sizzling temperatures of 85-120 degrees year-round. On weekends in winter and spring, residents of the Las Vegas area flock in … Continue reading

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Golden Canyon, Badlands Loop, and Gower Gulch Trail Loop, including Red Cathedral & Zabriskie Point (Death Valley National Park, CA)

The Golden Canyon Trail is one of the most popular hikes in California’s Death Valley National Park—and with good reason: its dazzling colors, sun-soaked badlands, and valley views entice hikers of all stripes to the park’s Furnace Creek area. Yet … Continue reading

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