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 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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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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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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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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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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Backpack to Ropi Lake

The trailhead to begin this hike is located at: 38.8117 N, 120.1237 W.

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Backpack to Susie Lake, Desolation Wilderness

Starting at the Glen Alpine trailhead (best access to Susie Lake): To get to the trailhead, head toward Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe.

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Hike Mount Tallac

The classic 9½ mile out-and-back day hike to Mount Tallac begins at the trailhead on the southwestern side of Lake Tahoe, between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.

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Sunset Picnic at Kite Hill

Kite Hill is nothing more than what the name describes. A simple ascent less than 100 feet in elevation.

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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 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 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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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 Pidgeon Point Lighthouse

Pidgeon Point Lighthouse is conveniently located just 50 miles south of San Francisco. Constructed in 1872 and standing at 115 feet, it is among the tallest lighthouse in America.

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Surf at Pacifica State Beach

If you're looking for a place to surf and Ocean Beach isn't quite your speed or Santa Cruz is too far, head to Pacifica, specifically Linda Mar.

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Sunset Hike to Mori Point

Start at the parking lots close to the pier, where bathrooms are also available. Walk along the pier to watch the sunset as it begins.

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