The Ten Best Redwood Groves in California

The giant redwoods of California are one of the biggest draws for people who visit the state. It’s easy to see why as they are awe inspiring every time you see them. The best way to experience these giants it is to get out on a trail and explore a grove, here are my 10 […]

Redwood Regional Park Stream Trail in Oakland

On a recent trip to Oakland, I was shocked to find out that there is a regional park with coastal redwoods only 15 minutes from downtown. The park features dozens of miles of trails, some heading through redwoods and some just along the ridge. Either way, it is a great spot to get active in […]

Mount Tamalpais: Verna Dunshee Trail & Fire Lookout from East Peak

Mount Tamalpais is one of the tallest mountains in the San Francisco area, and it provides fantastic opportunities to view the surrounding region from above. It is also a favorite for photographers at the end of the summer as it is where you can get those fantastic views of the fog rolling in from above. […]

Muir Woods National Monument: Hiking the Bohemian Grove Trail

Muir Woods National Monument is a fantastic place to see redwood trees right near San Francisco. There are dozens of miles of trails and a couple incredible groves. That being said, it is also one of the busiest places to see redwoods in the entire state. I highly recommend you go, but just know that […]

Malibu Wine Hikes: Meeting Stanley the Giraffe at Saddlerock Ranch

In the hills above Thousands Oaks, there is a fantastic property known as Saddlerock Ranch. This area has animals, rocks, cave paintings and vineyards and you can access it via safari car or on foot. I did the safari version previously which you can read about here, so I decided to connect with Malibu Wine […]

Mt Hollywood: Hiking Above Griffith Observatory and Downtown LA

While there is no shortage of great hikes in Griffith Park, it is hard to beat the 2.5-mile round trip hike to summit of Mt Hollywood. The trail is gradual, but will still get your blood pumping. Along the way, you will see some of the best views the city has to offer of the Hollywood […]

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville

One of the best things about California is the sheer wealth of options available for seeing redwood trees. From Coastal Redwoods to Giant Sequoias, you can find them up and down the state. The Armstrong Redwoods are one of those special places that has all of the majesty of the redwoods without all of the […]

Abalone Cove Preserve: Beach Hiking & Tide Pools in Rancho Palos Verde

The hills of Rancho Palos Verdes have become one of my favorite places for coastal hiking in California. Of course, there is the epic shipwreck hike, but if you are looking for something relatively easy and family friendly then check out the stunning Abalone Cove Reserve with its miles of trails, beaches and tide pools. […]

Cedar Creek Falls: San Diego’s Most Famous Waterfall Hike

If you spend any time researching hikes in San Diego, then you have no doubt ran into the infamous party spot known as Cedar Creek Falls. I had heard about it many times myself but never set out to hike it as it did not seem like my scene. However, in 2014 they instituted a […]

Tomales Point Hike: Seeing Tule Elk in Point Reyes National Seashore

Tomales Point, in the upper part of Point Reyes National Seashore, is one of the best hikes in the Bay Area. It has everything you could want in a hike: coastal views, massive vistas, historic structures and tons of elk. That last one my catch you off gaurd, but the area that Tomales Point is […]