John ChauExplorer

W-EMT at Whiskeytown, soccer coach, and adventurer - making the most of every opportunity that comes my way. Check out my blog at: theruggedtrail.com and keep on adventuring! If you need a guide or an adventuring partner, shoot me an email at: johnachau@gmail.com!

Hike Munra Point

Cascade Locks, Oregon

This hike starts at the Wahclella Falls trailhead, but does not use that trail. Instead, walk back towards the freeway and take a left onto the Columbia River Highway Trail.

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Backpack to the Natural Bridge

Hagarville, Arkansas

After you drive across the one-lane bridge and take the dirt road immediately after it, follow that dirt road until it begins to bend to the left.

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Hike Up Table Mountain

North Bonneville, Washington

Hike up into the forest (take the right path, not the one going left), and follow it all the way until you get to "Carpenter Lake" (which always seems to be just an empty, marshy field).

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Climb to the Top of Mount Defiance, OR

Cascade Locks, Oregon

This hike starts at the Starvation Creek Rest Area. After parking, head west back along the shoulder of the freeway, where you’ll see a wooden sign stating “Mt. Defiance Trail.

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Hike to Hemmed-In Hollow Falls

Compton, Arkansas

After parking at the Hemmed-In Hollow Falls Trailhead, follow the path down as it descends into the valley.

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Backpacking Cecil Creek

Harrison, Arkansas

From Tulsa, head out east along US-412 until you reach HWY 103. Take a right (south) on HWY 103 and follow it toward Compton, Arkansas.

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Backpacking Along the Buffalo River

Compton, Arkansas

Park at the Centerpoint Trailhead and follow the Centerpoint trail as it heads about 3 miles downhill towards Big Bluff.

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Hike to Upper Palisades Lake

Ashford, Washington

Park at the Sunrise Point parking lot and find the Palisades Trail at the northeast corner of the parking lot.

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Backpack along Hurricane Creek

Mulberry, Arkansas

After arriving at the trailhead near the Shores Lake Campground (there is a $3 parking fee, so bring cash), head along the path and go west at the T-junction.

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Kayak the Illinois River

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

From Tulsa, head out east along US-412 until you reach US-82. Take Exit 6 and go right (south) along US-82 until you reach E Steely Hollow Rd. Turn left and follow E Steely Hollow Rd.

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Backpack Along Whitaker Creek

Kingston, Arkansas

After arriving at the Whitaker Point/Hawksbill Crag trailhead, start going down the path for about 1/8th of a mile. You’ll cross a small stream, and here is where you’ll turn off the trail.

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Hike to Hideout Hollow

Harrison, Arkansas

After parking at the trailhead, head down the well-trodden path and follow it the 0.85 miles downhill to the overlook.

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Underground Urbexing in Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Park at the Blue Rose restaurant’s parking lot on Riverside Drive and head south along the trail until you reach the 23rd Street Bridge.

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Camp at Nickel Creek

Crescent City, California

First, check in at the Crescent City Ranger Information Center in Crescent City to pick up your free backcountry permit and get permission to park your car at the Crescent City Beach Education Center.

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Backpack to North Lake

Cascade Locks, Oregon

Park at the Wyeth Trailhead parking lot and start hiking south along the old road bed.

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Hike up Table Mountain, Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

After parking at the lot near the Platteklip Gorge trailhead, start hiking south up the path.

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Hike Kanaka Peak

Shasta County, California

Head to the Peltier Bridge Campground after entering Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and then go 1.1 miles along the road through the campground until you reach the trailhead for Kanaka Peak.

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Visit the Cape Point Lighthouse

Cape Town, South Africa

This adventure starts at the Cape Point parking lot, from where one can also begin other adventures.

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Hike to the top of South Fork Mountain

Shasta County, California

Starting from the Kanaka Peak Trailhead, follow the Kanaka Peak Trail all the way, continuing on past the Peltier Trail Junction and the Kanaka Cutoff Trail Junction until the trail begins to head ea.

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Hike up Devil's Peak

Cape Town, South Africa

Starting from the parking lot on Tafelberg Road, simply head south from the trailhead and follow the path as it meanders up multiple switchbacks.

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Shark Diving in Gaansbai

Cape Town, South Africa

Although this adventure usually takes place in Gaansbai (due to the higher percentage of Great Whites in the water there), you typically will be picked up in Cape Town at a hotel or hostel by the tou.

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Watch the Sunset at Signal Hill

Cape Town, South Africa

This is a much easier and less adventurous sunset trip than hiking up Lions Head to watch the sunset, so it's better suited for families with small children or folks who aren't too keen on wild adven.

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Hike to the top of Chapman's Peak

Cape Town, South Africa

Starting from the trailhead on Chapman's Peak Drive (one of the most scenic drives in the world), simply follow the trail up as it gradually climbs up east toward a 4-junction.

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Snorkel at Elephant Beach

South Andaman, India

Assuming that you made the ferry from Port Blair to Havelock Island, the best way to reach the trailhead would be to either rent a bicycle ($2/day typically) or a scooter/motorcycle ($8/day) and peda.

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Explore Noordhoek Beach

Cape Town, South Africa

The northernmost part of Noordhoek Beach that touches the jagged rocks of Chapman's Peak is the more scenic place to start exploring (see map location for directions to the north parking lot).

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Hike to Diaz Beach

Cape Town, South Africa

After parking at the Cape Point parking lot, simply take the small unpaved path that leads south towards the ocean.

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Winter Summit Black Butte

Mount Shasta, California

Note: February thru early March are great times to climb it for a winter ascent without snowshoes. If there is no snow seen from the south (e.g.

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Visit the Slangkop Lighthouse

Cape Town, South Africa

After parking in the dirt parking lot, you can simply walk over to the lighthouse (if it's open) and talk to the kind staff there who might let you in for a peek (or a small fee).

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