Alexanna Alvarado

My explorations are driven by curiosity, guided by my love for the world, and supported with smiles on every sun drenched-rain soaked-wind swept day. I go to the outdoors to recharge my spirit and fuel my compassion, which helps me do good in my work as a nurse.

An accidental birthday gift

A friend and I ended up doing this loop when we went to Big Basin for my birthday a couple of years ago. We had a planned a short hike, but felt inspired by the landscape to keep going. It was a fantastic hike that takes you past really big trees, up some crazy stairs, and gives a good workout. I suggest getting there early in the morning for the cool air, and to miss the larger crowds. The store is a great treat afterward, for sandwiches and wraps.

Perfect spot for a weekday workout

I walk, hike, run on this trail several times a week. I work just up the hill at the VA and love to come here after work for some exercise. I prefer to take this trail sometime Monday through Friday, as it gets really packed on the weekends. It is even fun on a rainy day! For more cardio you can hike down to Mile Rock Beach and then back up. Those stairs are tough.

A hard and beautiful hike

I did this trip in 2015, but still think about how much fun I had. The terrain is difficult, great for conditioning, and pretty spectacular to look upon. It is surreal to think we can have this vast open space so close to the Bay Area. I highly recommend this trip! I did it in two days, but wish I'd stayed longer. I had fun walking uphill, saw a mountain lion, and enjoyed gazing at the stars.

A great place for a day hike. Plenty of trails to loop together to make a long trek in the redwoods. Hills and streams keep your feet and mind focused on the surroundings.

Fabulous and fun. It's a hike that can be done in as few as two days, but you should give yourself more. Beautiful views and a comfortable trail. Watch out for mosquitos in the summer!