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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…

The Ritter Range

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…

Lassen Peak from Prospect Peak

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…

Pass-the-Grass

8 Must-See Sites in Dinosaur National Monument

In 1915, the 80-acre Carnegie Quarry, excavated under Paleontologist Earl Douglass for the Carnegie Museum, was protected to create Dinosaur National Monument. Today, the monument covers 210,000 acres of gorgeous country. While the park is not protected as wilderness, it is managed as such until Congress acts on the recommendation to formally declare it as…

Sky on Fire

Summit Lake to Cinder Cone: Lassen Volcanic National Park

If you have read our previous posts (Warner Valley, Confessions) about Lassen Volcanic National Park, then you know we are participating in the Reach Higher Trail Challenge. To learn more about the challenge, visit the NPS website. Our 3rd challenge was to visit a water source. Lassen Volcanic is home to 4 watersheds so the…

Family-of-Trees

EBRPD Challenge: Briones RP

For our second East Bay Regional Trails Challenge Hike, we headed to Briones Regional Park for a 12-mile (Ivan Dickson memorial) loop. There is little shade but LOTS of Poison Oak. Luckily, the hike is mostly on fire roads so the beautiful but troublesome plant is easily avoided. This hike follows the outer rims of…

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EBRPD Challenge: Contra Loma and Black Diamond Mines

If you live in the East Bay and have yet to register for the East Bay Regional Park District Trail Challenge, you can do so here. You can also purchase a membership for the Foundation. We look forward to utilizing the Annual Parking Pass, one of the many benefits of membership. Check out other benefits…

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Kayaking the Klamath River

Kayaking is a ton of fun, but for some reason we do not get out on the water as often as we would like. What better way to spend the 4th of July weekend than to combine our love of paddling and exploration on a 4 day river float. With the current drought our choices were…