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Destinations – California (outside Bay Area)

Pinnacles National Park Family Camping
Pinnacles National Park Family Camping

Pinnacles National Park Family Camping

Pinnacles National Park is an excellent  family camping destination for the spring & fall. The park is located ~100 miles south of San Francisco between the Central Valley & the Salinas Valley.  Pinnacles protects volcanic peaks, accessible caves, interesting hikes,…

Halloween Themed Hike: Caves, Crags, Spiders, & Bats at Pinnacles National Park
Halloween Themed Hike: Caves, Crags, Spiders, & Bats at Pinnacles National Park

Halloween Themed Hike: Caves, Crags, Spiders, & Bats at Pinnacles National Park

Outdoors California is a treasure trove with coastal mountains, redwoods, the Sierra/Cascades, and the desert.  People often drive past the Central California on their way to somewhere else.  Pinnacles National Park, about 30 miles South of Hollister, is an excellent…

Take What is Given: Weather & Weekend Adventures
Take What is Given:  Weather & Weekend Adventures

Take What is Given: Weather & Weekend Adventures

Life has been especially busy recently with family and work.  This Thursday night and Friday, I’m planning a 24 hour adventure to a California National Park.  My original plan was to leave Thursday night, summit an objective on Friday, and return…

Where To Find CA & Bay Area Camping Reservations
Where To Find CA & Bay Area Camping Reservations

Where To Find CA & Bay Area Camping Reservations

REI Let’s Camp, glamping, & other campaigns are increasing the popularity of camping & backpacking.  With more parks using quotas, the campaigns are also increasing the popularity of backcountry reservations.  Obtaining a coveted site can take planning and a little luck,…

Family Winter Backcountry Adventure: Loon Lake Chalet, a USFS Cabin
Family Winter Backcountry Adventure: Loon Lake Chalet, a USFS Cabin

Family Winter Backcountry Adventure: Loon Lake Chalet, a USFS Cabin

How can families safely explore the backcountry in winter when poor weather can transform an adventure into a survival situation?  Visiting warm spots like the CA coast is one solution.  Another approach is reserving a backcountry National Park or Forest…

Best Time for Outdoor Adventures: During NFL Playoffs
Best Time for Outdoor Adventures: During NFL Playoffs

Best Time for Outdoor Adventures: During NFL Playoffs

I visited a popular local park with my boys today.  At noon ~75% of visitors disappeared in line with the 12:05 Patriots/Broncos kick-off.  A few years ago, I climbed the tallest peak at Lake Tahoe (Mt Freel) on Super Bowl…

Climbing Tahoe’s Mt Tallac SE Chute
Climbing Tahoe’s Mt Tallac SE Chute

Climbing Tahoe’s Mt Tallac SE Chute

Drought stricken Sierra had its first significant snowfall last week.  What better time for a quick one night trip to climb one of Northern California’s iconic peaks, 9735’ Mount Tallac.  Tallac towers overs Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, & the Desolation…

Yosemite’s Disappearing Glaciers
Yosemite’s Disappearing Glaciers

Yosemite’s Disappearing Glaciers

Glaciers carved Yosemite Valley and once covered the Sierra.  Remnant glaciers dot the Sierra but are rapidly receding.  Several recent articles have documented the disappearing glaciers of the Sierra – especially the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite.  I’ve also climbed amidst…

Best California Long Distance Trails
Best California Long Distance Trails

Best California Long Distance Trails

California hosts many of America’s best long distance trails.  The trails mirror California’s diversity, but the trails and routes all showcase the best of California and are over 30 miles in length.  The trails range from the John Muir Trail…