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Lassen Volcanic National Park
Brokeoff Mountain
7.4
2585
4:13
9
Manzanita Lake 2013
[Lassen Volcanic National Park ]
2.2
100
1:30
8
An easy walk around a pretty lake, with great views of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags reflected in the waters.
Manzanita Lake
1.6
80
1:38
8
Short hike around a pretty alpine lake, with views of Chaos Crags and Lassen Peak.
Shadow Lake
1.6
570
1:08
8
Short hike to two beautiful alpine lakes.
Kings Creek Falls and Sifford Lake
[Lassen Volcanic National Park ]
6.1
960
5:56
7
A hike to some falls (along with lots of other hikers), then up to an isolated lake perfect for skipping rocks.
Mills Creek Falls and Crumbaugh Lake
[Lassen Volcanic National Park ]
7.4
1630
5:35
7
A hike with a fair amount of climbing, past the tallest waterfall in the park to a pretty lake in a dramatic setting.
Bumpass Hell
3.0
445
1:48
7
Lassen Peak
5.0
2055
3:27
7
Crags Lake - Not!
[Lassen Volcanic National Park ]
4.1
920
2:36
6
A gradual climb up to some nice views, but be sure to get here early in the summer before the lake dries up.
Lower Twin Lake
7.8
1215
3:44
6
Bathtub Lakes
1.0
240
2:41
5
Short hike to one of the most disappointing alpine lakes I've visited.
Lassen 2007 Trip
[trip report]
A 4-day 3-night car camping trip with some great short hikes to lakes in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and a side trip to beautiful Burney Falls.
Lassen Trip Report
[trip report]
Lassen Trip 2013
[trip report]
A 4-day camping trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park, with day hikes to 4 lakes, with 2 waterfalls and lots of meadows.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
North Grove Trail
1.5
105
1:02
8
A short stroll along the mostly paved trail through lots of towering sequoias.
North Grove Overlook Snowshoe Hike
[Calaveras Big Trees State Park]
1.6
257
2:57
7
A short snowshoe hike amongst the sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
South Grove Trail
5.0
630
3:17
7
A quiet loop through sequoias and mountain dogwoods.
Lava Bluffs Trail
2.2
545
1:35
6
A hot trail with not much in the way of views or sequoias, but some nice wildflowers.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
[trip report]
A short weekend trip to the land of sequoias.
Redwood National & State Parks
Fern Canyon
[Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ]
0.8
130
1:08
9
Short hike through a beautiful fern-filled canyon, and a beautiful forest too.
Elk Prairie Trail
[Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ]
2.6
160
1:18
7
Hike around a prairie that's one of the best places to spot elk, and through an old-growth redwood forest.
Lady Bird Johnson Grove
[Redwood National Park ]
1.0
130
1:30
7
Short hike through a redwood forest.
Enderts Beach
[Redwood National Park ]
1.8
260
3:08
7
Short hike down to a nice beach, with great views of the ocean from above.
Redwood National And State Parks 2007 Trip
[trip report]
A 5-day 4-night car camping trip to the beautiful redwood forests, beaches, and creeks of Redwood National Park and nearby state parks.
Joshua Tree National Park
Barker Dam
1.6
150
2:17
7
A hike to an unexpected body of water in the desert, some petroglyphs, and some great views of Joshua trees.
Ryan Mountain
3.0
1050
3:11
7
A steady climb above fields of Joshua trees, up to great views of much of Joshua Tree National Park.
Arch Rock
0.4
60
0:29
6
A short nature trail over and through some interesting rock formations.
Hidden Valley
1.1
150
1:01
4
A short uneventful loop nature trail.
Cap Rock Nature Trail
0.4
20
0:25
3
A short nature trail amongst boulders, cactus, and Joshua trees.
Joshua Tree 2010 Trip
[trip report]
A 10-day trip with 3 nights of car camping in Joshua Tree National Park, with 5 short hikes encompassing views, rocks, Joshua trees, and cacti, followed by 5 nights in the San Diego area with a beach hike and a mountain hike.
Channel Islands National Park
Potato Harbor
[Channel Islands National Park]
4.3
480
3:33
8
A quiet semi-loop hike on Santa Cruz Island along some fantastic cliffs to an awesome view overlooking beautiful Potato Harbor.
Smuggler's Cove
[Channel Islands National Park]
7.6
1410
6:23
7
An out and back up and down rolling hills on Santa Cruz Island to a large rocky beach, with expansive views most of the hike.
Cavern Point
[Channel Islands National Park]
1.7
310
1:08
7
A short loop hike with some great views from a cliff on Santa Cruz Island.
Channel Islands 2011 Trip
[trip report]
A 10-day trip with 3 nights of car camping in Joshua Tree National Park, with 5 short hikes encompassing views, rocks, Joshua trees, and cacti, followed by 5 nights in the San Diego area with a beach hike and a mountain hike.
San Jacinto Wilderness
Tahquitz Peak
[San Jacinto Wilderness ]
9.0
2400
5:31
8
A moderate hike with nice views of Suicide Rock on the way up, and then a panoramic view of the Idyllwild area from the fire lookout on top.
Suicide Rock
[San Jacinto Wilderness ]
7.3
1900
5:17
7
A moderate hike up to a nice viewpoint of the Idyllwild area.
Other
Big Elk Lake
[Marble Mountain Wilderness]
24.1
4685
19:25
9
A great 3-day backpacking trip in the Marble Mountain Wilderness in Northern California. A bear sighting, great mountain views, and lots of wildflowers.
Snow Mountain
[Snow Mountain Wilderness]
8.0
2385
6:54
9
Burney Falls
[McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park ]
1.2
180
1:25
8
Short hike to one of the prettiest waterfalls in California.
High Peak Loop/Bear Gulch Caves
[Pinnacles National Monument]
5.8
1500
4:07
8
Soberanes Canyon
[Garrapata State Park]
5.0
2000
3:10
8
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
[Death Valley National Park ]
1.5
150
2:59
7
A fun hike for kids up and down sand dunes, with some nice views from the top.
Palomar Mountain State Park
3.1
710
3:09
7
A loop hike through a partially burned forest with views from over 5000 feet elevation.
North Chalone Peak
[Pinnacles National Park]
8.1
2070
5:49
7
Moderate hike to the top of the highest point in Pinnacles National Park, with great views all around.
Cache Creek
[Cache Creek Natural Area]
14.0
3280
13:01
7
A 2-day backpacking trip through chaparral, grasslands, and brush to wildflower-filled Wilson Valley.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
2.3
480
3:18
7
A hike to coastal bluffs with great views of the Pacific, and down to the beach itself.
Gualala Point
[Gualala Point Regional Park]
1.5
65
0:46
6
A short hike to some beautiful coastal bluffs on the Mendocino coast.
Hiding Camp
[Ventana Wilderness]
19.4
4800
13:38
6
Golden Canyon
[Death Valley National Park ]
2.5
400
2:53
6
A short hike through a barren canyon to red rock mountains.
Crystal Cove State Park
[Crystal Cove State Park]
5.3
840
4:00
6
A basic hike on wide dirt roads through a hot dry area, but with some nice views of the beaches and ocean.
Manchester Beach
[Manchester State Park]
2.5
130
1:18
5
A short hike along the beach to Alder Creek, marred by strong winds.
Death Valley 2008 Trip
[trip report]
A 3-night car-camping trip in Death Valley National Park, including a canyon hike and sand dunes hike.



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