Lukens Lake on Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park

Lukens Lake is one of the easiest high altitude lakes to access in the high country of Yosemite. This lake is less than a mile hike each direction, and it is one of the most peaceful and relaxing areas you can access on Tioga Pass Road. Here is all the information on this spot. Details […]

Westwood Hills Park: Hiking in Downtown Napa

Westwood Hills Park, at only 5 minutes from downtown Napa, is a great city park for hiking, trail running and dog walking. This trail is about 2 miles round trip, and while it is steep, the path is shaded most of the way. If you are looking to take a break from wine and food […]

The Grotto Hike in Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains

The Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu are one of those places that can still feel very remote even so close to Los Angeles. I have done many hikes in this area, such as a personal favorite of mine, Sandstone Peak. The Grotto is one of those places that I have wanted to go to for […]

Unicorn Peak and Elizabeth Lake in Yosemite

Elizabeth Lake is a high altitude lake in the Yosemite high country, Tioga Pass region. This is a beautiful spot for a short hike and a great place to have a picnic and just take in the scenery. It sits at the base of Unicorn Peak as well, which is a challenging hike with not […]

North Dome Hike & Indian Rock Arch Stargazing

Views of Half Dome are commonplace in Yosemite National Park; however, some views are certainly better than others. Places like Glacier Point have become the go-to spot for Half Dome photography, but if you want something away from the crowds, then I recommend the trek out to North Dome off Tioga Pass Road. This 8-mile […]

Mist Trail: One of Yosemite National Park’s Most Popular Hikes

Yosemite National Park’s Mist Trail is probably one of the most popular trails in all of California. It is the trail that leads to the iconic Half Dome, but even by itself, it still combines a grueling uphill charge with two amazing waterfalls. Here are all of the details if you want to take down […]

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves in Anza Borrego State Park

Located deep in the southern section of Anza Borrego State Park, the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves are one of the most popular attractions. That being said, getting out to them requires 4 wheel drive and entering the caves is dangerous and should not be taken lightly. If you want to go, make sure you don’t […]

Borrego Palm Canyon in Anza Borrego

In the Anza Borrego desert, one of the most popular spots to hike is Borrego Palm Canyon. This three-mile trail climbs into a canyon and ends at a good sized palm oasis and a small seasonal waterfall. It’s a great hike but there is a decent amount of uphill so don’t do it on a […]

Dana Point Sea Caves: Hiking to Pirate’s Cave

While there are many sea caves up and down the California coast, the Dana Point Sea Caves are some of the easiest to access. This short hike takes you along the coast to a large cave with a great view of the water crashing on the rocks in front of you. It is a relatively […]

Desert View Trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness from Palm Springs Tram

The Desert View Trail leaves from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Station and goes out on an easy 2.5-mile loop. It’s a great trail for the whole family as there is not much elevation gain and there are five notches where you can get different views of the valley below you. Here is all the […]