Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve: Blankets of Orange Poppys

Much like the amazing fall season, California shows its colors in the spring with its wildflowers. I was able to see some on my time in the Mojave last month but nothing like what was in Antelope Valley this April. If you hear that there is a super bloom (which only happens every couple of […]

Walker Canyon Poppy Super Bloom in Lake Elsinore

Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore is the home of the poppy super bloom for 2019 and by now you have no doubt heard all about this amazing event. For those that haven’t, the fields of Lake Elsinore along the popular Walker Canyon Trail are basically covered in orange poppies for as far as the eye […]

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 […]

Sunset Cliffs Open Ceiling Sea Cave in San Diego

The open ceiling sea cave in the Sunset Cliffs area of San Diego is one of those places that’s hard to believe is in California. This massive sea cave is a fantastic spot for photos, and due to the difficulty of access (only during a negative tide), it stays relatively secluded. If you want to […]

Headwaters of the Sacramento River in Mt Shasta City Park

The Sacramento River is one of the most impressive natural resources in all of California, and if you are visiting the town of Mount Shasta, you can take this quick stop to visit its humble beginnings. Mount Shasta City Park, on the outskirts of town, features the start of the river and has become an […]

Carrizo Plain National Monument: Soda Lake, Finding Wildflowers & Exploring the Park

Carrizo Plain National Monument is a beautiful range of mountains and valleys in Central California that has been relatively untouched over the years, helping it to maintain a glimpse of what California used to look like. The sprawling green hills, which are covered in wildflowers during the spring, give way to a lush lowland with everything […]

Where to See Wildflowers in Chino Hills State Park

This year has been such an excellent year for rain that the waterfalls were flowing and now the wildflowers are blooming. I had heard on the SoCal Hikers Forum that the blooms were pretty impressive in Chino Hills State Park, so I set out to check it out for myself. It was even better than […]

The Ten Best Redwood Groves in California

The giant redwoods of California are one of the biggest draws for people who visit the state. It’s easy to see why as they are awe inspiring every time you see them. The best way to experience these giants it is to get out on a trail and explore a grove, here are my 10 […]

Muir Woods National Monument: Hiking the Bohemian Grove Trail

Muir Woods National Monument is a fantastic place to see redwood trees right near San Francisco. There are dozens of miles of trails and a couple incredible groves. That being said, it is also one of the busiest places to see redwoods in the entire state. I highly recommend you go, but just know that […]

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville

One of the best things about California is the sheer wealth of options available for seeing redwood trees. From Coastal Redwoods to Giant Sequoias, you can find them up and down the state. The Armstrong Redwoods are one of those special places that has all of the majesty of the redwoods without all of the […]