Tag Archives: California

Badwater Basin (Death Valley National Park, CA)

At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America and a main draw for visitors to California’s Death Valley National Park. Situated 18 miles south of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, visitors can walk … Continue reading

Posted in California, Death Valley National Park | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sidewinder Canyon (Death Valley National Park, CA)

Sidewinder Canyon Death Valley slot canyon California Continue reading

Posted in California, Death Valley National Park, Strenuous Hikes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in California, Death Valley National Park, Moderate Hikes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Artist’s Drive (Death Valley National Park, CA)

Artist’s Drive is a popular, 9-mile one-way scenic road in the heart of California’s Death Valley National Park that weaves through craggy badlands and skirts colorful hillsides in the shadow of the Black Mountains. The drive bears east from Badwater … Continue reading

Posted in California, Death Valley National Park, Scenic Byways | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Natural Bridge (Death Valley National Park, CA)

California’s Death Valley National Park sports many natural archways, but there is none more prominent than the natural bridge in Natural Bridge Canyon, which slices through the Black Mountains south of Furnace Creek and Artists’ Drive. The natural bridge is … Continue reading

Posted in California, Death Valley National Park, Easy Hikes | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fall Canyon (Death Valley National Park, CA)

Carving a dramatic gorge hundreds of feet deep in the Grapevine Mountains, Fall Canyon is a relatively popular destination in California’s Death Valley National Park. The hike through the lower reaches of the canyon is moderately difficult but climbs relentlessly, … Continue reading

Posted in California, Death Valley National Park, Moderate Hikes | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Teutonia Peak Trail (Mojave National Preserve, CA)

Mojave National Preserve is a wild playground of desert peaks, sand dunes, Joshua tree forests, rocky jumbles, and dry lakebeds situated in southern California, near the Nevada and Arizona borders. Considerably less crowded than nearby Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave … Continue reading

Posted in California, Moderate Hikes, Mojave National Preserve | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bald Mountain Loop (Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, CA)

Towering above California’s wine country, Bald Mountain (2,729’) is the highest point in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and one of the tallest peaks in the Mayacamas Mountains, a subset of the Coast Range in the North Bay. While the main … Continue reading

Posted in California, North Bay, Strenuous Hikes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fremont Peak Trail (Fremont Peak State Park, CA)

Fremont Peak, one of the highest in the Gabilan Range south of the Bay Area, takes its name from the 19th century explorer, military officer, senator, and presidential candidate John C. Fremont, whose survey expedition passed through the area in … Continue reading

Posted in California, Moderate Hikes | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chalone Peak Trail (Pinnacles National Park, CA)

Rising to 3,304 feet, Chalone Peak is the highest point in California’s Pinnacles National Park and a worthy challenge for peak-baggers who seek to brave the exposed sun and 2,000 feet in elevation gain to reach the summit. The Chalone … Continue reading

Posted in California, Pinnacles National Park, Strenuous Hikes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment