Mammoth Consolidated Mine Trail in Mammoth Lakes

The Mammoth Consolidated Mine Trail is a short, less than a mile trail in Mammoth Lakes that takes you to the ruins of a once “somewhat successful” mining district. This area was used from the late 1920’s to the early 1930’s, and it ended up producing a little over $100,000. Today you can walk through […]

Hiking to Rainbow Falls, Devil’s Postpile, and Red’s Meadow via Devils Postpile Trail

Devils Postpile National Monument is a beautiful park on the backside of Mammoth Mountain. It has lots of hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, lakes for fishing and unusual geological formations. This trail combines some of the best spots on a 5-mile hike that takes advantage of the summer shuttle system. Here is all the information. Details […]

White Mountain Peak: Hiking California’s Third Highest Mountain

California is home to over a dozen 14’ers (peaks over 14,000 feet) with some of the most popular being Mt. Whitney and Mt. Shasta. If you are training for either of those two or if you just want to take down a 14,000-foot peak, then White Mountain is a good one to test your skills on. […]

Inyo Craters Hike in Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Scenic Loop has a lot of short hikes that most people never do, Inyo Craters is one of those hikes. I admit that I have been to the area multiple times over the last six years and this was the first time I had heard about it as well. This short hike leads to […]

Heart Lake Trail in Mammoth Lakes

The city of Mammoth is full of amazing high altitude lakes pretty much all over the city and surrounding areas. I have only been to a couple, with one of my favorites being the hike to Crystal Crag, but on a recent trip, I wanted to hike to another, so we picked Heart Lake. While […]

Hiking Mt Shasta via the Avalanche Gulch Trail

Mt Shasta is a 14,180-foot volcanic peak in the northern part of California, only an hour or so from the Oregon border. Hiking to the summit is 11 miles round trip, but it is the hardest hike I have done to date and something you absolutely need to be prepared for before you undertake it. […]

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 […]