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!

Camp on Orcas Island

Olga, Washington

When your ferry ports at Orca, make your way to Obstruction State Park on the east side of the island. The trail head breaks off in two directions. The fastest way to the campground is the 0.

826 Saves

Camp in Golden Ears Provincial Park

Maple Ridge, Canada

Backcountry permits are required to camp on Panorama Ridge ($5) and can be paid online. The trailhead is located at the West Canyon Parking lot.

197 Saves

Summit Golden Ears

Maple Ridge, Canada

Day 1 Starting from the Golden Ears parking lot, your journey begins up a relatively small incline passing two bridges and entering the forest.

293 Saves

Hike the East-West Canyon Loop

Maple Ridge, Canada

Park your car in the Gold Creek Parking lot ( at the end of the dirt road), and look for a yellow gate at the far end of the parking lot. This will be the East Canyon trail.

108 Saves

Hike Evans Peak in Golden Ears Provincial Park

Maple Ridge, Canada

Start on the West Canyon Trail and then take a left up the View Point Trail. Along the View Point trail you’ll cross a creek.

152 Saves

Hike to Alder Flats in Golden Ears Provincial Park

Maple Ridge, Canada

If you're looking for a challenge and hope to get into the mountains this is a great adventure to set out on.

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Climb Mt. Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver

Ashford, Washington

Mt. Rainier is a technical climb on all routes and is covered with glaciers all four seasons.

161 Saves

Camp at Francis Beach Campground

Half Moon Bay, California

If you love to log as much water time as possible, this little gem is the campsite for you.

564 Saves

Catch a Sunset at Natural Bridges State Beach

Santa Cruz, California

Natural Bridges State Beach is a wonderful place to photograph located in Santa Cruz off of West Cliff Drive.

640 Saves

Backpack The Lost Coast: Mattole to Black Sands Beach

Petrolia, California

This is an absolutely stunning 25 mile thru-hike on the northern part of California's coast. To accomplish this hike, you'll either need to bring 2 cars or use a shuttle service.

835 Saves

Camp at Black Sands Beach on the Lost Coast

Whitethorn, California

Black Sands Beach, and all of the Lost Coast, is almost indescribable in its ruggedness and beauty.

315 Saves

Snowshoe to the Tilly Jane A-Frame

Mount Hood, Oregon

Built in the 1930's, the Tilly Jane A-Frame sits on the North side of Mount Hood at around 6,000ft.

216 Saves

Hike the Damnation Creek Trail

Klamath, California

Located right on Highway 101, the Damnation Creek Trail is one of the best trails in Redwood National and State Parks.

196 Saves

Camp at Cape Blanco State Park

Sixes, Oregon

Perched atop the cliffs of Cape Blanco, this is a small state park that features big views of the beautiful southern Oregon coastline.

186 Saves

Camp at Gold Bluff Beach

Orick, California

Located at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, the access road to this beach is a dirt road through the redwoods. Once you arrive to the beach area there is a park booth.

381 Saves

Backpack Redwood National and State Parks

Orick, California

Day 1: Check with the Rangers station before heading up for best camping opportunities. Assuming you've checked with the rangers for approval...

1698 Saves

Explore the Beaches of Bandon

Bandon, Oregon

Bandon, Oregon, located on the Southern Oregon coast, is about 90 miles north of the California border and about five hours south of Portland.

308 Saves

Surf Smuggler Cove

Nehalem, Oregon

The beach in Oswald West State Park is one of the more secluded beaches on the Oregon coast. Most tourists tend to stay by Canon Beach and Seaside, Oregon, so this little gem gets much less traffic.

226 Saves

Climb Mt. Shasta via Clear Creek Route

Siskiyou County, California

The least technical route to the summit of Mt Shasta begins at the Clear Creek Trailhead (elevation 6390 ft).

155 Saves

Run to Lower Wildcat Lake

Leavenworth, Washington

Friday after work I headed out to Snow Lake Trail and found my perfect camping spot.

135 Saves

Snowshoe to Snow Lake

Leavenworth, Washington

Summer is a great time to visit Snow Lake, but you will miss out on the true beauty of the area and the reason for its namesake.

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4 Day Backpacking Trip in the Enchantments

Leavenworth, Washington

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness named “The Enchantments” draws explorers from all over the world.

917 Saves

Tuna Fish Off of Tofino

Tofino, Canada

Warm water tuna are among the fastest swimming game fish in the North Pacific Ocean.

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Hiking to Lassen Peak (10,462ft.)

Shasta County, California

One of my personal favorites and a hidden gem of California that keeps circling my mind is the Lassen Peak Trail. Don't let the trail map (2.

262 Saves