Redwood Grove Trail in Big Basin State Park

The Redwood Grove Trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park is only six-tenths of a mile, and it passes some of the largest redwoods in the entire park. The trail is flat and is readily available from the parking lot near the visitors center. If you are looking for a quick taste of the park, […]

Castle Rock State Park: Hiking to Castle Rock & Castle Rock Falls

Located in the hills above San Jose, Castle Rock State Park is the lesser known of the three state parks in the area, but it is still very unique and worthy of a visit. This park is popular with climbers, and you will see why when you walk around and view all of the massive rocks […]

Redwood Grove Trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

As the main attraction in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, the Redwood Grove Loop Trail is a pretty fantastic way to get immersed amoung these giants. The trail itself is less than a mile, but it could easily take you an hour as there is so much to see that you will want to take […]

Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad: Riding a Steam Engine Through the Redwoods

During my visit to Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, I basically stumbled on the fact that the Roaring Camp Railroad is right on the other side of its parking lot. After walking around the beautiful Redwood Grove Trail, I went over to check out the train and grabbed a ticket for the ride that was […]

Five Parks to Visit in Santa Cruz and the Best Hike in Each

Santa Cruz is peppered with state parks and natural reserves throughout the county, which is part of the reason it’s such a wonderful place to visit and an even better place to live. For outdoor enthusiasts, Santa Cruz is nothing short of paradise. With hiking, biking, and walking trails that take you through forests, shaded […]

Bird Rock Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is by far one of my favorite state parks in all of California. The majestic piece of coastline it protects is some of the best in the area, even comparable to the Big Sur area to the south. I got a chance to do the Bird Rock Trail and Cypress […]

Cypress Grove Trail & Allen Memorial Grove in Point Lobos

Point Lobos is one of the most beautiful state parks in all of California, and while it doesn’t have a ton of trails, it still has a lot of things to get excited about. My favorite spot in the entire park is the Cypress Grove Trail, which heads through Allen Memorial Grove and takes you […]

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in Downtown Sacramento

If you grew up in Northern California, then you have no doubt visited the historic Sutter’s Fort as a kid on a field trip. However, if you are Southern California kid like me, then you may have never seen this fort until becoming an adult. I visited for the first time when I was 30, […]

Ano Nuevo State Park: Elephant Seal Viewing Up Close

While driving along Pacific Coast Highway you will have a lot of opportunities to see elephant seals, such as in San Simeon and Point Reyes, but for the best up close and personal viewing, I would recommend Ano Nuevo State Park. This park, located 30 minutes north of Santa Cruz, features miles of trails that […]

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

When I heard the history of Allentown I was immediately interested in visiting and surprised that I had not heard about it before in school. Essentially this town was the first in all of California to be founded, financed and governed by African-American individuals. The town is now a ghost town / state park, but it […]