View to the south from Arch Rock

Point Reyes: Arch Rock View Loop 
11.7 miles – 1895 ft

Update. Original posted Aug. 2012 Point Reyes National Seashore is a birder’s paradise with more than 45% of North American avian species living in the…

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Mt. Hoffman's views - 360 degrees of Yosemite

Yosemite: May Lake High Sierra Camp to Mt. Hoffman 
4.2 miles – 1677 feet

The High Sierras, especially in the more remote backcountry of Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest, are without a doubt my favorite outdoor destination….

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View from Turtlehead Peak

Red Rock Canyon: Turtlehead Peak 
7.5 miles – 2267 feet

If you happen to be in Las Vegas and need a break from the bright lights and late nights, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area…

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Rock scramble

Joshua Tree: Lost Palms Oasis & Mastodon Peak 
9.4 miles – 1750 feet

Joshua Tree National Park gets its name from the Dr. Seuss-like Joshua trees that can be seen through much of the park’s higher elevations, but…

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A perfect view of May Lake on the return trip down from Mount Hoffman (day three)

Yosemite backpack: Glen Aulin, May Lake & Mount Hoffman 
3 days – 18.6 miles – 4537 ft.

The High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park are a much-sought after way to see the park’s mountainous backcountry without the trouble of carrying all…

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Backpacking over Donahue Pass on the John Muir Trail

Inspiring videos: Backpacking the John Muir Trail

A year ago I was training for an epic adventure: Backpacking the northernmost approximately 60 miles of the John Muir Trail. It was a 6-day…

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Several people walk the meditation labyrinth at Lands End Point with Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

Lands End Loop: Sutro Baths, China Beach & Cliff House 
 5.2 miles – 916 ft.

This quintessential hike on the northwestern shore of the city of San Francisco (Lands End) offers one of my favorite views of the Golden Gate…

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A movie-perfect view of the Pacific coast.

Coastal Trail: Tennessee Valley to Pelican Inn 9.7 miles – 2386 ft.

The stretch of the Coastal Trail from Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach is one of my all-time favorites in the Bay Area with postcard perfect…

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Redwood Creek

Muir Woods and Mt. Tam loop 
4.5 miles – 1831 feet

Muir Woods National Monument is a major tourist destination in the Bay Area with good reason. The majestic redwood trees are a wonder of Mother Nature…

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Marin Headlands buddy hike

Marin Headlands buddy hike

Last weekend was a “buddy hike” in the Marin Headlands. For those who have been following the blog for awhile, you’ve heard that phrase before….

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