Breaking Trail in Dome Land Wilderness: Sequoia National Forest

Way in the Southern Sierra Nevada, there is a little-explored piece of our country known as Dome Land Wilderness. The wilderness was first created in 1964 under the Wilderness Act  and has since expanded twice; first in 1984 as part of the California Wilderness Act and again in 1994 under the California Desert Protection Act. #landgrab…

Kelly Lake: Henry W. Coe State Park

Henry W. Coe State Park is notorious for its massive calf-wrenching hills and hot hot heat. This trip was no exception. We headed to the park for a 24-mile over-nighter  to Kelly Lake expecting mild, fall weather. Unfortunately, the day brought on high temperatures and plenty of direct sunlight. At the Coe, spring, fall, and…

Shooting Ansel Adams Wilderness

A campfire helped us (Justin, Dave, Zack, Jason, and me) stave the frigid night air while we ate, drank, and talked at the Reversed Creek Campground. Putting off retiring to our tents as long as we could finally gave in near 3 am. What we were trying to avoid was the following 6 hours of…

Woods Creek Trail: Kings Canyon National Park

The choice to visit Kings Canyon was a sporadic one. Packing on Friday morning, and planning to do a local overnighter, Sharon raised the idea. Sold! We decided to leave that evening and picked Woods Creek Trail, knowing nothing about it. In the past we’ve had trouble locating a trailhead. We’ve had trouble finding the…

North Fork of the Flathead River: Glacier National Park

North Fork of the Flathead River: Close encounters of the 4th kind The North Fork looked to be much less visited than the other areas. An interpretive trail about fire, the Huckleberry Fire Trail, burned down a few years ago and is now about the 2007 fire. However, the trail guides were not available so…

Lee Ridge and The Belly: Glacier National Park

Lee Ridge and the Belly On the way to Many Glacier Backcountry Office, we stopped at Two Sisters Café near Babb. They had good French fries but not much else in the way of vegan food despite the outward appearance of “a vegan joint plucked straight out of San Francisco” as our guidebook put it.…

Two Medicine: Glacier National Park

Two Medicine Our first of three backpacking trips was in the Two Medicine area and on our way in we saw a tan-colored black bear munching on foliage by the roadside. We got a bit of a late start but it was only a 3-hour hike to Cobalt Lake, our campsite. When we arrived at…

Mosquito Pass, Emigrant Wilderness: Stanislaus National Forest

Despite plenty of warnings from redditors on /r/CampingandHiking about the plethora of mosquitoes in the area, we decided to forgo better judgment and head out for a weekend of Backpacking in Emigrant Wilderness. A call to the Summit Ranger Station on Tuesday secured a permit starting from Kennedy Meadows and heading to Horse Meadow.

Solitude So Close to Home: Henry W. Coe State Park

Henry W. Coe State Park is California’s second largest (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park being the largest). Despite it’s 89,000 acres, the park receives only 40,000 visitors a year. It’s a small wonder, given the name of this blog, that we love this park so much. Sitting only a short drive from the populous Santa Clara…