Solstice Canyon Trail: Exploring the Waterfall and Ruins

Solstice Canyon is an easy 2-mile hike in the hills of Malibu that takes you to a small waterfall and a collection of ruins. It is an excellent way to get the blood moving, while also seeing some pretty unique sites at the same time. I got a chance to revisit this spot in 2017, […]

Knapps Castle: Hiking Santa Barbara’s Famous Mansion Ruins

Knapp’s Castle is a very popular hike in the hills above Santa Barbara both because it has fantastic views and because it is less than a mile round trip. The area is technically on private property so there is always the chance that the owner will revoke access to this popular spot but that has not […]

Albany Bulb: Former Landfill in the San Francisco Bay

The Albany Bulb is one of those places that is both awesome and weird at the same time. It reminds me of a place like Glass Beach, where the way that humans have messed with nature has actually created a pretty unique spot. Albany Bulb is a tiny little peninsula on the San Francisco Bay […]

Point Reyes Shipwreck: One of the Area’s Most Iconic Photography Spots

When visiting the Point Reyes National Seashore, one of the easiest and best places to see is the old shipwreck behind the Inverness Store. This shipwreck has become iconic in photographs over the last few years, and even though the back got burned in early 2016, it is still a fantastic place for photography. Here […]

Sutro Baths: One of San Francisco’s Most Unique Spots

One of the most popular spots for sunset in San Francisco is not the Golden Gate Bridge, but the Sutro Baths. These unique ocean fed baths were once a popular area for the public to play while in San Francisco. Today they have been preserved so that you can explore them, but I doubt you […]

Jim Morrison Cave in Malibu

By now there is a good chance you have seen someone post a picture of this pink, graffiti cave in Malibu. It is ones of those places that has become incredibly popular and is actually supposed to close soon for rehabilitation/cleaning. I got a chance to check it out a few weeks ago and even […]

Davenport Pier: An Abandoned Pier that is a Photographer’s Dream

Thanks to Dan for writing this fun guest post for us! This unique spot is the site of old concrete pier ruins in the small coastal village of Davenport, which now is just a set of concrete pylons that used to hold it up. Davenport is located just North of Santa Cruz, on the northern edge […]

Silver Bell Mine in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park doesn’t do a great job of letting you know where things are, I literally stumbled on this mine. This does add to the sense of adventure in the park though, as you are driving through the main road and it will say exhibit ahead letting you know something is coming up. […]

Wall Street Mill: Mine & Abandoned Cars in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is full of mines from a century of settlers looking to get rich. While Wall Street Mill is just one of the many, it is one of my favorites in the park. This gold ore crushing mill was one of the last remaining mills in the park, with operations up until the mid […]

Donner Pass, Summit Tunnel Hike: Old Abandoned Railroad

A few people have said in the comments that this is Union Pacific Railroad property. I did not see any signs when I went but be sure to do your research and abide by any signs to avoid getting a ticket. The Donner Pass Summit Tunnel Hike is one of the best hikes I have […]