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. […]

Pinnacles National Park Guide: Caves, High Peaks and Condors

Pinnacles National Park is the USA’s newest national park, created in late 2013. This park is an amazing place to explore due to the fact that it still flies under the radar with insanely popular places like Yosemite and Sequoia nearby. It is worth a day of exploration though as it has two awesome caves […]

Bear Gultch Cave & Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park is home to not one, but two unique caves; both of which are made by cave-ins and not by lava flow like most of the California caves are made by. I got a chance to explore Balconies Cave a couple of years ago but finally got to check off Bear Gulch Cave […]

Lava Beds National Monument Guide: Caves, Buttes & Lava Fields

Lava Beds National Monument is the best park you have never been to. It is so far up in the Northeast part of California that it took me five years to finally make it, but I am glad I did. The monument itself has over 46,000 acres and on that property, it features more than […]

Sentinel Cave: The Longest Easy Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

As the longest of the nonextreme caves in Lava Beds National Monument, Sentinel Cave is an amazing experience for anyone who isn’t afraid of a little darkness. This cave has you hiking in the dark for about 15-20 minutes and over 3,280 feet. It’s pretty surreal when you do it and make sure to bring […]

Sunshine Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Sunshine Cave is unique in Lava Beds National Monument as it is one of the few caves that has cave-ins that let in the light. There are a couple of others in the park that have this but what sets Sunshine Cave apart is how big the cave in is and that the light coming through […]

Golden Dome Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Golden Dome Cave is a great lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument if you are feeling adventurous and want to do some more legit caving. This cave has a less defined trail and some areas which require you to bend over to get through, so it feels more intense than many of the other […]