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The High Sierra Trail
The High Sierra Trail

The High Sierra Trail runs approximately 70 miles from its western end at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park to Whitney Portal on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. The trail passes through...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Bommer Meadow, Irvine, CA
Bommer Meadow, Irvine, CA

Bommer Meadow's Trail is about 5.9 miles long (roundtrip) and located near San Joaquin Hills, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours.

Access by turning onto Shady...

Nightmare Gulch Loop - Red Rock Canyon State Park
Nightmare Gulch Loop - Red Rock Canyon State Park

Nightmare Gulch in Rock Canyon State Park attracts many
raptors. In order to protect the raptor nesting sites, the gulch is closed to hikers and vehicle travel yearly from February 1 to July 1.

The...

Tarwater Loop at Pescadero Creek County Park
Tarwater Loop at Pescadero Creek County Park

This is one of the better redwood hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area -- which is nice because not so long there was no forest left here: almost all of it had been clear-cut.

The second-growth...

9.4 miler Bommer Cyn to Laguna Trails
9.4 miler Bommer Cyn to Laguna Trails

9.4 miler Bommer Cyn to Laguna Trails is located near Irvine, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes about 3 hours or 3.5, all depending on your pace, of course.

I did this to...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Red Cliffs Trail
Red Cliffs Trail

The Red Cliffs Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park travels past reddish cliffs comprising sandstone, mudstone, and some volcanic rocks. Evidence of slumping, or possibly faulting, is seen in this...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 6 of 7
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 6 of 7

This is the sixth of a series of Guides to the High Sierra Trail, an approximately 70 mile trail that runs from Crescent Meadow on the western side of the Sierra Nevada to Whitney Portal on the...

Año Nuevo-Goat Hill Trail Loop
Año Nuevo-Goat Hill Trail Loop

This is one of the best moderate hikes at Butano State Park. It can start out from the park entrance or from the campground.

Highlight of the loop is the Año Nuevo Trail, which make a rugged ascent...

The High Sierra Trail: Segment 5 of 7
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 5 of 7

This is the fifth of a series of Guides to the High Sierra Trail, an approximately 70 mile trail that runs from Crescent Meadow on the western side of the Sierra Nevada to Whitney Portal on the...

Opal Canyon OHV Trail
Opal Canyon OHV Trail

Red Rock Canyon State Park contains over 30 miles of 4WD back roads traversing the scenic desert terrain. A good map is needed and the visitor center gives out free rough maps showing the trails,...

Waterfall Tour of Uvas Canyon County Park
Waterfall Tour of Uvas Canyon County Park

Uvas Canyon is a treasure tucked in the hills just beyond the suburban bedlam of Silicon Valley and the South Bay.

Spring-fed creeks keep the water running all year -- albeit at a trickle in the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Mount St. Helena Trail
Mount St. Helena Trail

You might forget you came for the wine when you gaze upon the stunning panorama at the 4,342 summit of Mount St. Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.

The peak north of Calistoga looms large...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Slate Creek Trail
Slate Creek Trail

This is an excellent moderate hike through the second-growth redwood forest at Portola Redwoods State Park. It ends at Slate Creek Trail Camp, a popular overnight camping destination.

The park is in...

South Grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
South Grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

This hike through the south grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park is one of the most popular areas of the park (the other being the north grove near the park entrance). This guide will take you...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Peters Creek Loop
Peters Creek Loop

Delayed gratification is the story of this hike at Portola Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Silicon Valley.

The first six miles are nice enough -- lots of ups and downs in...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Jackson Flats and Ray Linder Trails
Jackson Flats and Ray Linder Trails

Butano State Park has an impressive range of ecosystems -- coast redwood, coastal scrub, evergreen forest -- and this 14-mile hike goes through all of them.

It starts out in the valley at the park's...

Kibbie Lake, Yosemite
Kibbie Lake, Yosemite

This trip takes you on an eleven mile loop across streams, through fields of ferns, and to a beautiful Sierra lake. On the way to the lake, you take the Kibbie Creek trail. The Kibbie Creek...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Coyote Ridge to Summit Trail Loop
Coyote Ridge to Summit Trail Loop

This is the essential loop at Portola Redwoods State Park. In just over six miles it ascends two ridges and stops in on the most impressive old-growth redwood in the park.

It starts out near the park...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Sandstone Peak
Sandstone Peak

A 7.1 mile loop through some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful terrain in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

This route takes you through scrubland and native oak groves to...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Gray's and Torrey's peaks
Gray's and Torrey's peaks

Gray's and Torrey's peaks is about 7.5 miles long and located near Bakerville, Colorado. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day.

This is a spectacular hike and has plenty of...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Natural Bridges State Beach
Natural Bridges State Beach

In this oasis between the ocean and the edge of Santa Cruz lies one of the largest monarch butterfly overwintering sites in the western United States. The park also includes large coastal scrub...

Black Oak Picnic Area to Jamajab Point
Black Oak Picnic Area to Jamajab Point

This trail navigates around the southeastern wing of Silverwood in Miller Canyon. Most of the trail is on paved trails, with a few exceptions where the trail's been covered with silt, damaged by...

Heart Rock
Heart Rock

This is an easy trail near Crestline, CA. You park in Camp Seeley in a small dirt parking lot. This trail is short and along a creek with some small water falls and 10 - 15 foot water fall near Heart...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Buzzard's Roost at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Buzzard's Roost at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

This is one of the favorite Big Basin hikes: It starts on the legendary Redwood Trail near the park headquarters, heads over to Blooms Creek Campground and zigags up the Pine Mountain Trail -- leaving...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Hagen Trail
Hagen Trail

The Hagen Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park travels past red-stained sandstone curtains, rock windows, and desert cliffs. Well over 100 movies have been filmed in Red Rock Canyon State Park,...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Grand Canyon Hiking
Grand Canyon Hiking

The Grand Canyon is one of the country's most-visited National Parks--a title it rightfully deserves. Many families travel from around the world to marvel at this vast, breathtaking canyon, but few...

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Perfect Day

One Full Day in Yosemite Valley (PacificNWFamily, 23 Jan 2010)
5.0 of 5 stars 5 Votes
San Francisco - Top Attractions (BradJill, 26 Oct 2012)
5.0 of 5 stars 25 Votes
Santa Monica - A Perfect Day (ElleBeinLA, 29 May 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes

Perfect Weekend

Columbus Day Weekend in San Diego (Roadtravlr, 20 Dec 2009)
5.0 of 5 stars 7 Votes
Big Sur Long Weekend (Scott H, 29 Sep 2007)
5.0 of 5 stars 53 Votes
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Best Of

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The Real LA (VC1850, 26 Nov 2007)
5.0 of 5 stars 4 Votes

Recent Trip

A Long Weekend in Napa Valley (FreqTravelers, 16 Sep 2009)
5.0 of 5 stars 8 Votes
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