Dante’s View: Death Valley’s Best Viewpoint

Death Valley is the land of stark contrasts and amazing experiences. It can be hard to appreciate fully but when you visit a place like Dante’s View you can’t help but be blown away by how impressive this area is. Situated more than 3,000 feet above Badwater, Dante’s View gives you an almost bird’s eye […]

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes: Best Sunrise Spot in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is a variable playground for the landscape photographer. Both Zabriskie Point and Dante’s View are absolutely spectacular for sunset and while they are good for sunrise as well, the light is coming from behind you so it is not as epic. Enter the Mesquite Dunes as one of my favorite places […]

Amargosa Opera House: Death Valley’s Historic & Haunted Hotel

Death Valley National Park has a ton of amazing natural wonders in its vast expanse, but for man made attractions it is hard to beat the crazy, fun Amargosa Opera House. Located on the east outskirts of the park, this hotel and fully functional opera house is a must stop on any visit to the […]

Hiking to the Palisade Glacier from Second Lake on the Big Pine North Fork Trail

Palisades Glacier is the southernmost glacier in North America and it sits right around 12,4000 feet. It is accessed by a short but very difficult trail which splits off from the Big Pine North Fork Trail. Getting there is an incredible accomplishment but one that shouldn’t be taken lightly as you have to deal with […]

North Fork of Big Pine: Backpacking to the Glacial Lakes

When researching spots to explore, my friend Chris from Last Adventurer told me about the North Fork of Big Pine and it’s blue glacial lakes (not unlike those in Banff). I was immediately excited as I had never seen this area before, so we grabbed a permit and set out to backpack the area in […]

Hiking to the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne & Waterwheel Falls in Yosemite National Park

If you are backpacking to Glen Aulin ( it should be on your list) then you must make the trek into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne and see the three waterfalls it has to offer. The most popular of these three is Waterwheel Falls, but you will pass the other two on your way […]

Backpacking to Glen Aulin from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is known all over the world for its stunning granite domes and waterfalls. What many people don’t know, is that the part of it that is easy to access is only 5% of the park. To really experience its beauty you need to get out into the backcountry and start to see the […]

Soda Springs & Parsons Memorial Lodge in Tuolumne Meadows

When visiting the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite National Park, there are two quick and easy attractions that most people choose to see, Soda Springs and Parson’s Memorial Lodge. These two spots are pieces of history in Yosemite and make for a great little hike in the area. Details 1.5 miles round trip Flat Location: […]

Ancient Bristlecone Forest: Discovery Trail at the Visitors Center

Located high in the hills above Big Pine / Bishop, the Ancient Bristlecone Forest is one of the most unique spots you can visit along Highway 395. Many of these trees have been here for over 3,000 years and the stark landscape they survive in is something you have to see for yourself. I got […]

Ancient Bristlecone Forest: Patriarch Grove & the Largest Bristlecone Pine in the World

I can’t believe that in California we have two of the biggest trees in the world and a few of the oldest living trees in the world as well. The former can be found in Sequoia, and the latter can be found in the Ancient Bristlecone Forest. These trees sit right at around 11,000 feet […]