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EBRPD Challenge: Bishop Ranch ROSP

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve – 3.5 miles, easy This is a small preserve 6.5 miles south of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Parking is available on the street. No bathrooms or water are available. You can opt to complete the 2.5-mile loop or, as we did, hike to the Northern edge for a 3.5-mile…

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park

A Brief History Long before Humboldt Redwoods was a state park, the Sinkyone-Lolangkok lived in the area. Europeans began to arrive in 1850; this is when things began to go awry for the Redwoods. 1914 brought a railroad and 1922 brought the Redwood Highway to the area; with new transportation came heavy logging. Luckily, in…

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EBRPD Challenge: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline – 4 miles, easy Popular with locals, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline offers great views of the San Pablo Bay. The park once housed explosive manufacturers, was considered for NASA Mission Control Center, and was eventually acquired by the East Bay Regional Park District. Remains of its sordid history are still visible;…

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EBRPD Challenge: Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail

We decided to thru-hike the Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail, from Sunol Regional Wilderness to Del Valle Regional Park, in 1 day. 23 miles, 5,600 feet of elevation gain, and 9 litres of water later, we could barely walk. For those looking for a more leasurely time, we recommend taking 2 or 3 days to complete…

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Brokeoff Mountain and Lassen Peak: Lassen Volcanic NP

Fall has arrived! With fall comes dramatic weather, cooler temperatures, and rain. What’s a hiker to do? Hit the trails! So we packed our warmer sleeping bags and rain gear and off we went to Lassen Volcanic National Park… Lassen Peak – 5 miles, strenuous The California Conservation Corp and National Park trail crews have…

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Manzanita Lake Area: Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Manzanita Lake Area is probably the busiest area of the park that we have visited thus far. Camping cabins, a store, showers, laundry, and easy lakefront access make this area attractive to families and others on a relaxing weekend. While the area is great for families, rugged adventurers can also find enjoyment. While good…

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Seeking the Impossible: Solitude in Yosemite NP

Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited parks in the country but that does not mean you can’t find peace and quiet. This trip is a 33.4-mile out-and-back. We completed it in 3 days. There are a ton of lakes in the area as well as the potential for longer loops. We turned around…

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8 Must-See California Wilderness Areas

  “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” – Wilderness Act, September 3, 1964 To celebrate the 50th…

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The Butte Lake Area: Lassen Volcanic National Park

  Prospect Peak, Cinder Cone, Butte Lake, as well as trails leading to other lakes can all be accessed from the Butte Lake entrance. The campground is large but was mostly empty when we were there. Lassen National Forest is adjacent to the park and offers great camping that is accessible to most vehicles. Why is…