South Snake Range: Great Basin NP

Most of the Eastern and Southern area surrounding Great Basin National Park are Bureau of Land Management. There is plenty of exploring to be done and dispersed camping is allowed. However, most of the roads require 4-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles. Highland Ridge Wilderness Area lies directly South of the park so you must stay on…

Baker Creek TH: Great Basin NP

Note: Starting November 1 until winter ends, Baker Creek Road is closed just before Grey Cliffs Campground. From the closure, it is a 2-mile, 1,000 foot climb to Baker Creek TH, by road or trail. Note: The trails are not heavily used during the road closure. We encountered ice and downed trees along the trail.…

Wheeler Peak Area: Great Basin NP

The Climb to Wheeler Peak Campground Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is closed November though (approximately) June. If you are visiting the park during the closure, you will need to use the pull-out at Upper Lehman Trailhead for trails heading to the Bristlecone Forest, Rock Glacier, Stella and Teresa Lakes, and Wheeler Peak. The climb is…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Trinity Alps Wilderness: Saving California and Relaxing

June 20, 2014 – Friday Itching to get into the backcountry we headed to the Trinity-Alps Wilderness in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. We had just made a left onto the unpaved Hobo Gulch Road when the course of our weekend drastically changed. In the next two hours, we managed to save the State of California, or…