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Highland Peak California

Hike/Scramble of Highland Peak, California

Highland Peak is a remote summit located near Ebbetts Pass in the Sierra Nevada was a delightful fall adventure. Its altitude and isolation make it a destination for solitude seekers like myself. Highland Peak of Ebbetts Pass  Fall is my favorite time of year for hiking the Sierra Nevada. With the season come pleasant temperatures,...

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Portola Valley Trails

Bay Area Backyard: Hiking Portola Valley Trails

Tucked away in a remarkably equestrian area of Silicon Valley lies the Coal Mine Ridge of the Portola Valley Trail system. Managed by the town, these trails offer respite for those of us living and hustling up and down the Peninsula. Portola Valley Trails: It’s impossible for me to live in a place like the...

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El Corte de Madera Creek Redwoods

El Corte de Madera Creek: Bay Area Backyard Hikes

El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space quickly became one of my favorites here in the Bay Area. This is a large park with near continuous swaths of redwood wilderness which I love to hike and run. Life in the Peninsula is costly but its not without perks! In the past several months, I’ve been...

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Round Lake, Lake Basin

Hiking the Lake Basin Loop, Plumas County, CA

This is an easily completed 5 mile loop hike of an alpine glacial basin in the Northern Sierras. Have you ever been to Plumas County, California? For the 15 years I’ve spent in California, this was my first visit! The Sierras between Lake Tahoe and Mt Lassen seemed mysterious to me. Marked by tiny mining-era...

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