Hike to Alamere Falls

The hike to Alamere falls is ~8.4 mile out-and-back. Start at the Palomarin Trailhead located in the parking lot near the restrooms.

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Camping at The Pots

This fantastic camping or chilling spot has beautiful granite pools and slides of all sizes.

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Backpack to the "Waterfall Camp" in Desolation Wilderness

Although this hike can be done as a day hike, it is an awesome place to camp. There is a lot to explore and you will want to spend as much there time as you can.

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Hike the Tomales Point Trail, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

This hike will take you through the Tule Elk Preserve in Point Reyes Nation Seashore, and offers fantastic views of Bodega and Tomales Bay, as well as the Pacific Ocean.

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Run the Stanford Dish

If you live in the Palo Alto area and are looking for a place to hike or run, The Dish is a close, and great way to get that exercise.

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Hike or Bike the Old Growth Redwood Loop at El Corte de Madera

This hike starts at the middle parking lot of the El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve. The middle lot is located roughly a mile south on Skyline Boulevard from the Skeggs Point Vista.

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Hike to Ribbon Falls in Grand Canyon NP

Although this hike can feasibly done in a day, it is highly recommended that you spend more than one day in this area and visit the falls as a side trip on a larger trip.

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Explore Montezuma's Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle is actually one of the United State's first National Monuments. This five story 50 room cliff dwelling is one of the best preserved in all of North America.

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Hike Glen Alpine Falls and Grass Lake

Park your car at the Glen Alpine Trailhead adjacent to Lily Lake and southwest of Fallen Leaf Lake. Head west on Glen Alpine Creek Trail passing Lily Lake on your left.

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Hike Maggie's Peaks

This hike starts from the Bayviews Campground Trailhead. This day use area is usually pretty crowded so arrive early to get a parking spot.

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Bike the Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail

This trail begins at the Cowell State Beach parking lot and is only open on the weekends. From the lot, take the short Cowell Ranch Access trail to a scenic overlook.

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Hike to Wapta Falls, Yoho National Park

This short 1.

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Camp at Usal Beach on the Lost Coast

Getting to Usal beach can be a little tricky, but it is well worth the effort. Usal Road (Mendocino Country Rd 431) is found 13 miles north of Westport or 14.5 miles southwest of Legget on Highway 1.

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Soak at Buckeye Hot Springs

From the parking lot, walk down the short but steep incline to the springs (200m). There is also a campsite within 0.25 miles.

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Bike "Holy Guacamole" Outside of Zion NP

This incredibly scenic ride is just out of Zion National Park and is a great place to escape the tourists. The ride starts at the end of Dalton Wash Rd just off of Route 9.

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Hike the White Domes Trail in Valley of Fire State Park

The White Domes Loop Trail is at the end of Mouse's Tank Road. Travel north from the visitor center until you get to the White Domes Parking Lot.

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Capture the Sunset at the Angora Ridge Fire Lookout

The Angora Ridge Fire lookout sits above the serene Fallen Leaf Lake with incredible views of Mt. Tallac and Desolation Wilderness. You can hike, bike or drive to the lookout.

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Hike to Lost Horse Mine

To get to the trailhead, take Key's View Road from Park Blvd for around 2.5 miles and turn left onto a dirt road. The trailhead is at the end of this road. From here, you have the option to do the 6.

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Hike to Little Devil's Tower in the Black Hills

The trail starts at the Little Devil's Tower Trailhead which is located roughly one mile east of Sylvan Lake on Highway 87. Take Trail #4 for around 1/2 mile until a fork in the trail.

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Camp at Ryan Campground in Joshua Tree NP

The Ryan Campground is but one of many beautiful campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. It is located just south of the Hidden Valley use area. There are 31 sites as well as a horse camp.

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Camp Under the Redwoods at Memorial Park

With old growth redwoods and a creek swimming area, Memorial Park is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area. Memorial Park is only a few miles east of the town of Pescadero.

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Explore Lake Tahoe's Vikingsholm Castle

The drive to the location of Vikingsholm was beautiful with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay, when approached from South Lake Tahoe.

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Camp at Cottonwood Campground in Joshua Tree NP

The Cottonwood Campground is roughly 40 minutes south of the main attractions in Joshua Tree on Pinyon Canyon Rd and is located right next to the visitor center The biggest advantage of this site is .

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Hike the Canyon Rim Route in Butano State Park

Located deep within the Santa Cruz Mountains, Butano State Park boasts a large redwood canyon with many miles of hiking trails as well as campsites.

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Bike Pescadero Creek County Park

Pescadero Creek County Park and the connected Sam McDonald and Memorial Park are located deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains holding a vast network of secluded trails.

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Explore the Alpine Lakes of Desolation Wilderness

This incredible hike offers you the opportunity to visit the heart of desolation without climbing more than about 600 feet of elevation. Begin at the boat taxi at Lower Echo Lake.

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Chillin at Lake Tahoe's Kiva Beach

Kiva is a secluded sandy crescent beach flanked by a beautiful meadow and mountain backdrop. This beach is rarely crowded and has free parking unlike other beaches in Tahoe.

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Camp Goose Island Campground

Many of the campground in Arches National Park are extremely hard to book and almost impossible to get walk-in spots during the peak season in this area.

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Catch a Sunset at Cave Rock

This short hike is just off of highway 50 and provides one of the best views of Lake Tahoe. From South Lake Tahoe, head north on Highway 50 past Zephyr cove until you see Cave Rock Drive.

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Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf Lake is truly one of the more beautiful places in California. Separated from Lake Tahoe by just a one-mile strip of land, it feels worlds away from the crowds and fuss.

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Hike the North Grove Trail in Calaveras Big Trees SP

When thinking of the iconic Sequoias of the Sierra Nevada, one usually thinks of Yosemite and Sequoia National Park.

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Hike to Barney Lake in Hoover Wilderness

Barney Lake makes for an incredible day hike or trail run, but is also very accessible for camping.

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Mountain Bike at Purisima Creek

This beautiful mountain bike ride can be started at the Purisima Creek Road Trailhead or on Skyline Boulevard.

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Hike to Jabu Lake in Desolation Wilderness

Although this hike can be done as a day hike, there are incredible camping spots near the lake. The easiest way to start this hike is to start at the Echo Lakes.

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Explore Deer Creek Falls

This extremely short hike starts just off of Highway 32. From Chester, head southwest on 32 for roughly 21 miles. There is a turnout and a sign where the trail starts.

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Summit Price & Agassiz from Desolation Wilderness

Mount Price (9,975') is the second highest summit in the Desolation Wilderness, standing just eight feet lower than Pyramid Peak to the south.

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Hike through Lady Bird Johnson Grove in Redwood NP

This hike starts in the parking lot of the Lady Bird Johnson Grove Picnic Area.

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Hike to Snow Lake in Desolation Wilderness

This wonderful alpine lake is a relatively short hike in Desolation Wilderness and is a perfect introduction to off trail exploration.

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Hike to Half Moon Lake in Desolation Wilderness

This hike starts at the Glen Alpine Trailhead near Fallen Leaf Lake. Because Desolation is a wilderness area, you are required to fill out a day-use permit which can be found at the trailhead.

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Hike the Año Nuevo and Goat Trail Loop

This steep and winding trail takes you to the top of a ridge where you can see the Pacific coastline and the redwoods piercing through the forest canopy.

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Hike to Mouse's Tank in Valley of Fire State Park

This short hike takes you through a red sandstone canyon covered in beautiful Native American rock art.

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Backpack to Leavitt Lake in Stanislaus National Forest

Situated on the eastern edge of Emigrant Wilderness, Leavitt Lake is a great introduction to backpacking in the Sierra Nevada.

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Camp at Arch Rock Campground in Valley of Fire State Park

Arch Rock Campground is first come first serve campground in Valley of Fire State Park. It is the more "primitive" of the two campsites in the park.

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Hike to Snowbird Pass, Mount Robson Provincial Park

This epic day hike to Reef Icefield can be done if you are staying at the Berg Lake Campground. Berg Lake is accessible from the Berg Lake Trailhead just off of Canada Highway 16.

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Camp at Algoma Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

The Algoma Campsite is a free campsite along the Upper Portion of the McCloud River. It features eight sites and a pit toilet.

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Hike the South Grove Trail in Big Trees SP

The South Grove Trail of Calaveras Big Trees State Park sees far less traffic than the North Grove due to its increased mileage and distance from the park entrance.

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Hike the Little Butano Creek Trail

This short hike follows Little Butano Creek through a lush redwood forest. The trail crosses the creek multiple times as you walk over redwood pine needles and through pockets of ferns.

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Hike through the Founder's Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park

The Founder's Grove is easily accessed from Highway 101 in northern California. The grove is also on the Avenue of the Giants Scenic Highway.

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Bike the Cowboy Trails Near Red Rocks Canyon

The Cowboy Trails offer a perfect break from climbing in Red Rock Canyon or a night on the Town in Las Vegas. You will need to be as tough as a cowboy (or cowgirl) to ride these trails.

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Backpack to Gilmore Lake in Desolation Wilderness

The easiest way to get to Gilmore Lake is to start at the Glen Alpine trailhead. The trail head is southwest of Fallen Leaf Lake.

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Explore the Frozen Waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon

There are a multitude of frozen waterfalls throughout Spearfish Canyon. Some require a short hike and others can be seen from the road.

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Camp at Last Chance Creek Campground on Lake Almanor

This PG&E campsite is located on the northern most inlet of Lake Almanor and is slightly more remote than the other sites around Lake Almanor.

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Hike to the Summit of Mount Fox above Fox Glacier

The trail starts 3 km south of Fox Glacier Township. Take the Haast Highway until Thirsty Culvert, which has a small parking lot on the right side of the road.

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Cross-Country Ski the Big Hill Trails

From Spearfish, head south on Tinton Rd. for roughly 8 miles. There will be a large parking lot to your right with a pit toilet and an information kiosk.

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Backpack Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park

Situated in the northwest portion of Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy is is a not often visited treasure of the Central Sierra Nevada.

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Hike to Tomales Bluff at Point Reyes National Seashore

This hike will take you through the Tule Elk Preserve in Point Reyes Nation Seashore, and offers fantastic views of Bodega and Tomales Bay, as well as the Pacific Ocean.

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Hike the Ipiwa Trail in the Skyline Ridge Preserve

The Ipiwa Trail starts in the Russian Ridge Open Space preserve parking lot just west of the intersection of Alpine Road, Page Mill Road and Skyline Boulevard.

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