California

Backpacking the Lakes Trail Overnight to Pear Lake — Sequoia National Park, CA

Backpacking the Lakes Trail Overnight to Pear Lake — Sequoia National Park, CA

Only a six mile hike past an epic valley lookout and four gorgeous alpine lakes makes the Lakes Trail one of the most popular trails in Sequoia National Park

Backpacking Fontanillis Lake to Dicks Peak — Desolation Wilderness, CA

Backpacking Fontanillis Lake to Dicks Peak — Desolation Wilderness, CA

Only a 5 mile hike in, Fontanillis Lake is a quiet oasis that also offers access to Dicks Peak, a fun off-route scramble to its 9,974 ft summit.

Backpacking Minaret Lake — Mammoth, CA

Backpacking Minaret Lake — Mammoth, CA

Doable in a short weekend backpacking trip, Minaret Lake sits below the Minarets, some of the most dramatic peaks in the Sierra.

A Winter Weekend in Siskiyou County — Northern California

A Winter Weekend in Siskiyou County — Northern California

Only 5 hours from the Bay Area, Siskiyou County has so much to offer, even in the winter! Here are some ideas of things to do in California's north

Favorite Caves to Explore at Lava Beds National Monument, CA

Favorite Caves to Explore at Lava Beds National Monument, CA

Located on the very northern edge of California, the park makes a great day trip for spelunkers of all ages and experiences

Backpacking the High Sierra Trail in 6 Days

Backpacking the High Sierra Trail in 6 Days

I finally hiked the High Sierra Trail, a trip I've been dying to do for years! Those 6 days in remote backcountry absolutely blew me away.

High Sierra Trail Day 6 — Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney

High Sierra Trail Day 6 — Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney

The final day on the trail was an intense one from summiting Mt. Whitney to descending 6k+ feet, we can definitely say finished our trip with a bang!

High Sierra Trail Day 5 — Junction Meadow to Guitar Lake

High Sierra Trail Day 5 — Junction Meadow to Guitar Lake

Our 5th day was mostly spent climbing uphill nonstop up to Guitar Lake with hard-earned views of Kern Valley and the Kaweah Peaks in the distance

High Sierra Trail Day 4 — Moraine Lake to Junction Meadow

High Sierra Trail Day 4 — Moraine Lake to Junction Meadow

On day four of the High Sierra Trail, we descended down and into Kern Canyon with a relaxing and much-needed stop at Kern Hot Springs.

High Sierra Trail Day 3 — Hamilton Lake to Moraine Lake

High Sierra Trail Day 3 — Hamilton Lake to Moraine Lake

Our third day on the High Sierra Trail took us through a variety of terrains and set the record for the most elevation climbed - 4,000 ft!

High Sierra Trail Day 2 — 9 Mile Creek to Hamilton Lake

High Sierra Trail Day 2 — 9 Mile Creek to Hamilton Lake

Day 2 on the HST was a memorable one continuing with the best views of the Great Western Divide and my favorite camp site of the entire trip.

High Sierra Trail Day 1 — Crescent Meadow to 9 Mile Creek

High Sierra Trail Day 1 — Crescent Meadow to 9 Mile Creek

Our first day on the High Sierra Trail had no shortage of vast, exposed, and dramatic views of the impressive Great Western Divide.

How to Plan Transportation for the High Sierra Trail

How to Plan Transportation for the High Sierra Trail

Here I'll provide and review several transportation and shuttle options to help plan your High Sierra Trail through-hike backpacking trip

Backpacking Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes — Bishop, CA

Backpacking Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes — Bishop, CA

This flat trail spanning no less than 6 spectacular lakes in less than 5 miles makes for a leisurely hike with some of the best views in the Sierras

The Perfect Shasta County Weekend Getaway

The Perfect Shasta County Weekend Getaway

Only 4 hours from the Bay Area, the Shasta Cascade makes the perfect weekend getaway with its vast forests, numerous lakes, and snow-capped mountain views