Captain Jacks Stronghold in Lava Beds National Monument

Lava Beds National Monument is a popular location for caving in Northern California, but it also holds a lot of historical significance too, mainly related to the Native American population and their interactions with the settlers in the area. One of the primary historic points of interest is in the Captain Jack’s Stronghold area and here […]

Strawberry Peak in the San Gabriel Mountain Range

Strawberry Peak is one of those hikes that I have wanted to do for years but never made a priority. It is the tallest mountain in the front range of the San Gabriels, beating San Gabriel Peak by 3 feet, and it stands at 6,164 feet tall. This peak is a great hike, relatively close […]

Lizard Mouth Rock in Santa Barbara

Located in the hills above Santa Barbara, this short trail takes you to a rock that looks like a lizard’s mouth. Whether or not it really looks like one is up for debate, but that is the name given to this rock formation, and it is a fun short hike in the area with great […]

Cerro San Luis: Hiking “Madonna Mountain” in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is a fun town located between the coastal communities of Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. It is a great spot to spend a few days with lots of shopping and places to explore like the Gum Wall, Madonna Inn and Bishop’s Peak. On a recent trip, we decided to hike to Cerro San […]

Moonstone Beach Boardwalk in Cambria

The town of Cambria is a hidden gem in Central California as this small town has a super relaxing vibe with beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and fun places to stroll like the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk. You can access the boardwalk from any part of Moonstone Beach Drive and walk in either direction for as long […]

Black Hill Trail in Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay is one of the most beautiful spots on California’s Central Coast, with the vast Morro Rock sitting in the ocean and adding a stunning backdrop to the beaches. There are a bunch of great ways to see the rock, including walking out on the jetty and exploring Morro Strand State Beach, but one […]

San Simeon Point Trail on the Central CA Coast

San Simeon Point is a trail that starts from the beach across the street from Hearst Castle. This beautiful area features a historic pier and a few buildings from the 1800’s as well as the stunning beach and trail to San Simeon Point. The point was once threatened to be turned into a resort and […]

Yosemite Falls Trail: Hiking to Upper Falls & Yosemite Point

Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and one of the ten tallest in the world. Because of that, it is a popular destination in Yosemite Valley for hikers. If you are looking to make it to the top though, be prepared for grueling uphill and downhill to reach the summit but an amazing view […]

Runyon Canyon: Hollywood’s Most Popular Hike

Runyon Canyon is a hike in Central Hollywood that often gets a bad rap from the hiking community due to the trendy outfits and “Instagram celebrities” that often use it. Looking past that though it is actually a great hiking spot in the middle of Los Angeles, and it is excellent for people watching as […]

Annie’s Canyon Trail in Solana Beach

Annie’s Canyon is a short hike in Solana Beach, San Diego County, with some fun scrambling in a small sandstone canyon. It was off limits for a long time and had become a graffiti-ridden location until some residents took up the cause to make it pleasant again. The trail opened a few years ago, and […]