NorCal

Hiking Taft Point and the Fissures — Yosemite National Park, CA

Hiking Taft Point and the Fissures — Yosemite National Park, CA

A short and easy classic Yosemite hike to the edge of a cliff with vertigo-inducing views of the valley below and incredible geological features

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 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

Hiking to Heart Lake — Mt. Shasta, CA

Hiking to Heart Lake — Mt. Shasta, CA

It's not often you'll get to experience such scenic mountain views from just a short one mile hike. The views of Mt. Shasta are one of a kind from this memorable vista.

Mossbrae Falls Hike — Mt. Shasta, CA

Mossbrae Falls Hike — Mt. Shasta, CA

Mossbrae Falls, which looks like a magical curtain of cascading water, has to be one of the crown jewels in the Shasta area. 

Backpacking Duck Lake Pass Trail — Mammoth, CA

Backpacking Duck Lake Pass Trail — Mammoth, CA

Less than 10 miles roundtrip, the Duck Lake is the perfect overnight backpacking trip to experience classic Sierra lakes and mountains.

Hike and Climb Eagle Lake Buttress — Desolation Wilderness, CA

Hike and Climb Eagle Lake Buttress — Desolation Wilderness, CA

Hiking to Eagle Lake combined with climbing Eagle Lake Buttress make for a great day adventure of mountaineering, alpine views, and fun routes.

Northern California Redwoods: 3 Day Road Trip Itinerary

Northern California Redwoods: 3 Day Road Trip Itinerary

Looking for a weekend escape into a lush, thick forests? In this post I'll lay out a sample road trip itinerary up along the scenic Highway 1

Wedding Rock Trail — Patrick's Point State Park, CA

Wedding Rock Trail — Patrick's Point State Park, CA

The highlight of Patrick's Point State Park, Wedding Rock is an overlook with an impressive and expansive view of the rugged California NorCal coast.

Stout Grove Hike — Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, CA

Stout Grove Hike — Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, CA

Stout Grove could very well be the best of all redwood hikes with its peaceful vibes, lush ferns covering the floor, and old-growth sunlit trees.

Fern Canyon — Prairie Creek Redwoods SP, CA

Fern Canyon — Prairie Creek Redwoods SP, CA

Fern Canyon is one of my favorite hikes along the NorCal coast. This short, easy hike takes you up a canyon covered with 8 different types of ferns.