Category Archives: Strenuous Hikes

Lafayette Ridge Trail to Russell Peak (Briones Regional Park, CA)

The East Bay’s Briones Regional Park is a hiker’s paradise, with dozens of interlocking trails traversing a scenic stretch of hills between the suburban centers of Lafayette, Orinda, and Pleasant Hill. Lafayette Ridge—a lengthy spine that stretches southeast from the … Continue reading

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Buckeye – Cruikshank – Salmon Creek Trail Loop (Silver Peak Wilderness, CA)

The Silver Peak Wilderness covers 31,555 acres of the Santa Lucia Range along the central coast of California between Monterey and Cambria. Hikers can explore the heart of the wilderness area by combining the Buckeye, Cruikshank, and Salmon Creek Trails … Continue reading

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Piestewa Peak (Phoenix Mountains Preserve, AZ)

Piestewa Peak (2,608’) is the second-highest summit in the Phoenix Mountains, a smattering of cactus-covered peaks in the heart of Arizona’s largest metropolis. Situated inside the Phoenix city limits, Piestewa Peak is extremely popular, but the panoramic views across nearly … 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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Peekaboo Loop Trail (Bryce Canyon National Park, UT)

The Peekaboo Loop Trail via Bryce Point is a challenging stem-and-loop hike through some of Bryce Canyon’s most spectacular hoodoo landscapes. 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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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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South Fork Lakes (Trinity Alps Wilderness, CA)

Short but strenuous hike on the Pacific Crest Trail and South Fork Lakes Trail to a pair of alpine lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Continue reading

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Ohlone Wilderness Trail (Ohlone Regional Wilderness, CA)

Excellent two- or three-day backpacking option in the East Bay, connecting Del Valle Regional Park with Mission Peak Regional Preserve. Continue reading

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