Rock Hill Trail: Birdwatching at the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge

This two-mile trail in the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge, right on the Salton Sea, is one of the best ways to explore the shoreline and see the vast array of birds that make the area their home during migrations. The trail is a nice leisurely walk with a short climb at the end, and I […]

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 […]

Point Castillo Walk in the Santa Barbara Harbor

Point Carrillo is a fantastic viewpoint on the harbor in Santa Barbara. It is accessed via an easy half-mile trail that is used by visitors and locals alike. If you are looking for a nice way to be active while staying in the city or a great viewpoint for sunrise then read on for all […]

Black Star Canyon Falls: One of Southern California’s Best & Most Elusive Waterfall

Located in the hills of Orange County, Black Star Canyon Falls is one of Southern California’s most beautiful waterfalls. The problem with it is that it only flows after a lot of rain, since the area that it drains is relatively small. This makes it an elusive waterfall to see, and one that hasn’t been […]

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 […]