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A photographer and writer with full time jobs and a passion for travel. We spend most of our free time exploring our native state of California, while dreaming about and planning our next adventures abroad. www.boundtoexplore.com | @boundtoexplore

Hike the Dreaded Hill Loop in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Lake Forest, California

One of the great things about Whiting Ranch is the trail system branches off and reconnects in several places, so you can make your adventure as long or as short as you like.

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Hike the Quail Hill Loop

Irvine, California

The Quail Hill loop is a short and easily accessible hike in the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This makes it a great place to escape for a quick sunset hike after work, or at the end of a busy weekend.

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Hike Mt. Islip

Azusa, California

There are several route options for summiting Mt. Islip, but we enjoy doing it as a loop from Crystal Lake.

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Backpack to Vogelsang and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps

Tuolumne County, California

If you love the idea of backpacking to remote mountain destinations, but shudder at the thought of carrying a heavy pack and digging a hole to poop in, the High Sierra Camps are a great option.

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Snowshoe to Dewey Point, Yosemite NP

Yosemite Village, California

Take the one-hour shuttle ride from the Yosemite Lodge to the Yosemite Ski Area, so that you don't have to worry about driving in the snowy conditions, or finding parking.

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Photograph the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Newport Beach, California

The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is one of our favorite spots to capture the sunset against the backdrop of the Santa Anna Mountains.

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Hike to Elephant Seal Overlook

Inverness, California

When visiting Point Reyes National Seashore, Elephant Seal Overlook is a great spot to take in the views and see wildlife.

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Photograph a Sunrise at Jackson Lake Lake

Alta, Wyoming

If you are hoping to capture sunrise with Mount Moran reflected in the water, but shudder at the thought of being elbow-to-elbow with other photographers, this location is for you.

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Explore the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Norris Geyser Basin is Yellowstone's most acidic and varying hydrothermal area.

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Explore Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone NP

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Gibbon Falls is a stunning, 84-foot waterfall in Yellowstone National Park.

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Explore the Cunningham Cabin Historic Site

Moose, Wyoming

The Cunningham Cabin Historic Site is located just off HWY 191 in Grand Teton National Park. The turnoff is marked, and will take you down a short road to a parking lot adjacent to the site.

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Photograph the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Upper Geyser Basin is home to a multitude of unique hot springs and geysers that look just plain cool.

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Catch the Sunset Through Keyhole Arch in Big Sur

Big Sur, California

Keyhole Arch is located on Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur.

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Explore the Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach

Laguna Beach, California

Walk along stunning tide pools and explore the famous "Pirate Tower" at Victoria Beach.

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Photographing Moraine Lake

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

Situated just under nine miles from the Village of Lake Louise, Moraine Lake sits at 6,183 ft in what is known as the Valley of Ten Peaks.

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Photograph Tangle Creek Falls

Jasper, Canada

Tangle Creek Falls is a stunning multi-tiered waterfall along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park.

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Hike Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, California

When driving up the General Highways from Three Rivers, Moro Rock is hard to miss.

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Hike the Panorama Loop Trail via the Winter Route

Yosemite Valley, California

Due to icy conditions, this modified version of the Panorama Loop will allow you to explore some of Yosemite's best scenic views in winter.

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Hike to the Toe of the Athabasca Glacier

Jasper, Canada

This short hike is a must-do if you are driving up the Icefields Parkway and don't have the time or funds to take one of the tours that goes onto the glacier.

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Hike Tahquitz Peak

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

From Los Angeles, take I-10 and exit for Highway 243 south. Follow the signs for the 243 and you'll take the highway up to Idyllwild.

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Explore the Hidden Cave in Johnston Canyon

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

Located approximately 30 minutes north of the town of Banff, Johnston Canyon can be accessed via the Bow Valley Parkway.

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Hike the Bear Gulch-High Peaks Loop in Pinnacles National Park

Paicines, California

Begin this adventure by entering Pinnacles National Park's East entrance via CA HWY 146.

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