Salt Creek Trail: Seeing Pupfish in Death Valley

Little did I know before my time in Death Valley in 2016, but there is a creek that runs practically year-round in the park. Sure it was not flowing like what you would see in the Sierra’s or something, but it was in the heart of Death Valley, and it was water. This short trail […]

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 […]

Point Reyes Shipwreck: One of the Area’s Most Iconic Photography Spots

When visiting the Point Reyes National Seashore, one of the easiest and best places to see is the old shipwreck behind the Inverness Store. This shipwreck has become iconic in photographs over the last few years, and even though the back got burned in early 2016, it is still a fantastic place for photography. Here […]

Tomales Point Hike: Seeing Tule Elk in Point Reyes National Seashore

Tomales Point, in the upper part of Point Reyes National Seashore, is one of the best hikes in the Bay Area. It has everything you could want in a hike: coastal views, massive vistas, historic structures and tons of elk. That last one my catch you off gaurd, but the area that Tomales Point is […]

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: […]

Fort Ord National Monument: Hiking from the Creekside Terrace Trailhead

When I went to explore Pinnacles National Park a few weeks ago, I wanted to spend a little time in Fort Ord National Monument as well. There was almost no information about it online when I was researching though so I just drove to the Creekside Terrace Trailhead, grabbed a map and set out to […]

High Peaks Trail to Bear Gulch in Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park is mainly known for the two caves that it has, but if you go and don’t visit the High Peaks, then you are missing out. The High Peaks Trail is one of the best hikes I have been on in a while; it is just so unique and beautiful at each turn. […]