Red Rock Canyon State Park: Hiking, Camping, Rock Formations & Wildflowers

Red Rock Canyon State Park in Southern California is one of the most beautiful and overlooked state parks in the system. When you try to find out information online about it, you will not see much; but when you show up and see the massive red rock formations, that are unlike any others in California, […]

Where to See Wildflowers in Chino Hills State Park

This year has been such a great year for rain that the waterfalls were flowing and now the wildflowers are blooming. I had heard on the SoCal Hikers Forum that they were pretty impressive in Chino Hills State Park, so I set out to check it out for myself. It was even better than I […]

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. […]

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

Located in the town of Weaverville, about an hour outside of Redding, Joss House State Historic Park is a fascinating stop if you happen to find yourself in this area. The history of this unique temple and how well it has been preserved made it much more enjoyable than I even anticipated it being. It […]

Jack London State Historic Park: Wolf House, the Cottage, Silos & Museum

If you are looking for a place to hike and explore in the Sonoma Valley, then head over to the beautiful Jack London State Historic Park. Built on the property owned by the famous author, this park has miles of trails, lots of historic structures and tons to explore. Here is all the information on […]

Big Basin State Park: Hiking Berry Creek Falls, Silver Falls & Golden Cascade Falls

In California’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the Sunset / Sky to Sea Loop is one of the park’s most popular spots to hike. This hike is not for the faint of heart through as it is around 11 miles and it gains almost 2,000 feet during that time. On the trail, […]

Redwood Grove Trail in Big Basin State Park

The Redwood Grove Trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park is only six-tenths of a mile, and it passes some of the largest redwoods in the entire park. The trail is flat and is readily available from the parking lot near the visitors center. If you are looking for a quick taste of the park, […]

Castle Rock State Park: Hiking to Castle Rock & Castle Rock Falls

Located in the hills above San Jose, Castle Rock State Park is the lesser known of the three state parks in the area, but it is still very unique and worthy of a visit. This park is popular with climbers, and you will see why when you walk around and view all of the massive rocks […]

Redwood Grove Trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

As the main attraction in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, the Redwood Grove Loop Trail is a pretty fantastic way to get immersed amoung these giants. The trail itself is less than a mile, but it could easily take you an hour as there is so much to see that you will want to take […]

Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad: Riding a Steam Engine Through the Redwoods

During my visit to Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, I basically stumbled on the fact that the Roaring Camp Railroad is right on the other side of its parking lot. After walking around the beautiful Redwood Grove Trail, I went over to check out the train and grabbed a ticket for the ride that was […]