Exploring the White Mountains

The White Mountains live in the Eastern shadow of their taller, but younger sibling, the famous Sierra Nevada. While millions of visitors flock to parks such as Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon every year, only a handful outside-the-box thinkers venture into the Whites, and their journey is greatly rewarded. Unparalleled night skies, breathtaking views…

Hayward RS and Robert Crown State Beach

Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach – 5 miles, easy This artificial beach is a great place to enjoy a sunny day with friends and family. The beach is 2.5 miles long with a bike path running the entire length. Kayaking, car-top boats, and SUPs are allowed but there is no official put-in so no…

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…

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;…

Brushy Peak and Morgan Territory Regional Preserves

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve – 6 miles, moderate At a meek 1,702 feet, Brushy Peak might seem insignificant but it was an important landmark for trade routes amongst the Bay Area Ohlones, Bay Miwoks, and Northern Valley Yokuts. The area has also been used as grazing grounds even to this day; the effects of grazing…

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…

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…

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…

Sibley Volcanic RP, Temescal RRA, Roberts RRA

We completed these 3 hikes in 1 Friday afternoon. The circuit took approximately 8 hrs (includes driving time). These 3 parks are in close proximity to each other. Plan a driving route before leaving to optimize your time. You could also bike from park to park for a full day of exercise.

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…