Desert View Trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness from Palm Springs Tram

The Desert View Trail leaves from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Station and goes out on an easy 2.5-mile loop. It’s a great trail for the whole family as there is not much elevation gain and there are five notches where you can get different views of the valley below you. Here is all the […]

May Lake: One of Yosemite High Country’s Best Short Hikes

If you are looking for an easy hike with a fantastic payoff on Tioga Pass, then look no further than May Lake. At a quick 2.4 miles round trip (when the road to the trailhead is open), this hike takes you through beautiful scenery on the way up to a stunning high altitude lake, a […]

Clouds Rest: One of Yosemite’s Best Viewpoints

Sitting at over 1,000 feet above Half Dome, Clouds Rest is one of the quiessential hikes in all of Yosemite National Park. Sure, it doesn’t have the grandeur of completing it that Half Dome has, but having been up both of them, I can say that the view from Clouds Rest is the better of […]

Lembert Dome: Hiking Tuolumne Meadows Famous Granite Dome

When driving Tioga Pass through Tuolumne Meadows, one of the most impressive features of the landscape is the large granite slab that sits right next to the meadow known as Lembert Dome. I have driven by it many times and always wondered what it would be like to look out from the top, so on […]

Rubicon Trail Hike: D.L. Bliss to Emerald Bay State Park

The Rubicon Trail in South Lake Tahoe connects two of the most beautiful state parks in all of California, D.L. Bliss, and Emerald Bay. For years I have wanted to hike this trail, but since I do not get to Tahoe as much as I would like, it has taken me a while to finally complete […]

Cave Rock: Best Sunset Spot in South Lake Tahoe

If you are looking for one of the best sunset views in all of South Lake Tahoe, then look no further then Cave Rock. This spot is popular with the locals, and for good reason, as it is a fantastic place that is easy to access and that provides an 180-degree view of the lake. Here is […]

Lower Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay State Park

Eagle Falls is a set of waterfall tiers that eventually cascade down into the creek that runs into Emerald Bay. This post is specifically about the short spur that leaves from near the Emerald Bay Visitor Center and goes to Lower Eagle Falls. It is a short .3 miles if you leave from there, but […]

Madrona Marsh Preserve Hike in Torrance

The Madrona Marsh, in the middle of Torrance, is one of the last vernal wetlands remaining in the South Bay area of Southern California. With a few miles of hiking trails, it is a great spot to get a little open space time right in the middle of the city. I was surprised by how […]

Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail & Abandoned Oil Well on Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park has lots of great hiking trails. However, if you are looking to see what the island has to offer on a day trip and don’t have the time/stamina to reach Smugglers Cove, then the Scorpion Canyon Loop is a great option (as is Potato Harbor). Here is […]

Potato Harbor Overlook to Cavern Point Trail on Santa Cruz Island

If you are looking for a great hike on a day trip to Santa Cruz Island and don’t want to take on Smugglers Cove, then this is the hike I would recommend. Potato Harbor Overlook is beautiful on its own, but adding the Bluffs Trail and the Cavern Point Trail to it makes it an […]