The High Sierra Trail showcases some of the best landscapes, features, and trails in the Sierra Nevada. It begins at Crescent Meadows on the western side of Sequoia National Park, among the groves of Giant Sequoia and ends at the highest point in the contiguous United States — the 14,505′ summit of Mt. Whitney. It passes multiple alpine lakes, meadows, valleys, canyons, rivers, and mountains along the way. At times, it feels like you’re a character in Lord of the Rings.
After years of drought, this winter finally brought relief to California as storm after storm walloped the state, leaving it drenched with rain at lower elevations and covered in snow in the mountains.
Fish Canyon Falls is beautiful three-tiered waterfall that drops over eighty feet in a canyon in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains near Azusa. Early spring is the perfect time to visit the dynamic waterfall, when the water flows well and the canyon is green. A rock quarry occupies the bottom of Fish Canyon and for many years Fish Canyon Falls Trail could only be reached by shuttle on special access days.
This is a killer hike! – A must for the extreme day hiker. With some careful planning, some conditioning, and the right mental attitude this can be a successful day and an unforgettable experience. Mt. Whitney is a 22 miles round trip hike, has an elevation climb of over 6000 feet, and is one of the most famous extreme day hikes.
Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. It features 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness and an offshore underwater area.
The park also features the federally listed Historic District, an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek.
This is basically the Round Valley Loop hike with an extension to Wellman Divide. It’s a 7-mile out and back hike that takes about 4 hours. The 1-mile stretch to the Divide is more challenging than the Willow Creek and Round Valley trails. Stunning views at the Divide coupled with changes in vegetation and cooler weather (a treat in the summer) make the uphill trek worthwhile.
The Skyline to the Sea Trail is one of the most popular hiking routes in the Bay Area. Descending through wilderness old growth, passing by Berry Creek Falls, and ending at Waddell Beach.