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Blog Profile / Northern California Hiking Trails Blog


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Filed Under:Fitness / Hiking
Posts on Regator:144
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Archived Since:July 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Hiking the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River with Gambolin’ Man

Hiking the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River country is often not easy. Yes there are trails, but many of the best canyon sections and swimming holes aren’t accessible to the casual hiker. Enter Gambolin’ Man. His latest post takes you to many of out-of-the-way destinations, and he has the pictures [...]

Hiking to Lower, Middle, and Upper Caldwell Lakes along Parks Creek

Here’s all the info you need to hike or backpack the trails to Lower Caldwell Lake, Middle Caldwell Lake, and Upper Caldwell Lake in the Parks Creek drainage in the Eddy Range west of Mount Shasta. I just did the hike last weekend, along with hiking to the nearby West Parks Lakes. (This is just [...]

Hike the Lassen Peak Trail over the Labor Day Weekend

The Lassen Peak Trail has been undergoing some major changes this summer, so access to the summit has been restricted to just a few days, although visitors are allowed to hike in 1.3 miles to the Grandview area on any day Lassen Volcanic National Park is open. Hiking the Lassen Peak Trail,  Labor Day Weekend [...]

Yes, I Did Go Skinny-Dipping with 12 Naked Women in the Trinity Alps…

Mount Shasta area writer Tim Holt just wrote a really good piece in the Redding Record Searchlight called “Naked sunbathers, Mt. Shasta oddities: In the great outdoors, expect the unexpected.” I’m one of the hikers he featured, and he discusses a very pleasant and memorable experience I had while backpacking in the Trinity Alps in [...]

Hiking Manzanita Creek Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Stephanie and I just hiked the Manzanita Creek Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Wow! Meadows, flowers, Loomis Peak, Lassen Peak… It had been many years since I hiked this trail for my two hiking guidebooks and we picked the best time to return: flowers everywhere in the meadow and all the snow is gone. [...]

When Deer Run from Bears and Mountain Lions…

When I see deer running fast, I wonder if they have a good reason. I wrote recently about my writer’s camping retreat in the Trinity Divide mountains west of Mount Shasta, which ended yesterday afternoon with Thai food in Mount Shasta. Bears On My Hike to Chipmunk Lake near the Pacific Crest Trail On Tuesday [...]

How I Mix Camping, Writing, and Hiking…

I’m leaving in a few hours to camp for three days in the Trinity Divide Mountains west of Mount Shasta. I’ll primarily be working a freelance writing project for a college textbook publisher (Friday deadline), but I’ll also find time to do some hiking. I just wrote a post about how much writing I can [...]

Backpacking and Hiking Class at College of the Siskiyous This Fall

For you folks that live in the far north state, this is a great class. It’s taught by my friend Charlie Unkefer, and it begins at College of the Siskiyous on August 24th, 2011. Here’s the press release: Take the next step outdoors with College of the Siskiyous new Backpacking and Hiking class starting this [...]

Outdoors Writer Paul McHugh’s Intriguing Presentation In Mount Shasta

“Quite Risky to a Bit Risque: Outdoors Stories I Could Never Write” by Paul McHugh, a well-known former writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Sounds very interesting! It’s goin’ down on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Mount Shasta Resort at 7:30 p.m. It’s a benefit for the Siskiyou Land Trust.  (I’m a member.) It’s [...]

On the Potential Closure of Castle Crags State Park

As many of you long-time readers know, I’ve written often here about the major threat of closures of California’s state parks due to the California budget crisis and the choices our lawmakers are making to deal with that crisis. I’ve made my stand in favor of protecting California State Parks and their hiking trails many [...]

Hike to Cliff Lake West of Mount Shasta on July 3, 2011

Stephanie and I did one of our favorite Mount Shasta area hikes to Cliff Lake  in the Trinity Divide Mountains on Sunday, July 3. As we’ve discussed here (see recent posts), it’s been a heavy snow year. However, except for a few spots below the north-facing slope, Cliff Lake (elevation 5770 feet)  is free of [...]

Fourth of July in Mount Shasta Is For Hikers, Runners, Fun Lovers

Calling all hikers, runners, outdoors lovers, and just-plain-fun lovers: Come to Mount Shasta for the Fourth of July! Here’s why. There’s a ton of stuff happening here, including a very popular foot race and 2-mile walk, great fireworks, and the opportunity to explore my home territory, including the hiking trails. All the details of the [...]

Trinity Alps Snow and Hiking Trail Conditions, June 26, 2011

OK fellow hikers, all of northern California got buried under monster snowpack this winter and spring, including the Trinity Alps. As some of you may know, I started my backpacking career in the Trinity Alps, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself when I backpacked to Caribou Lake, Emerald Lake and elsewhere in the Alps last summer. [...]

Black Butte Hike and Mount Shasta Area Snow Conditions, June 22, 2011

Did an early evening hike to the summit of Black Butte near Mount Shasta yesterday, my first major hike at elevation this year. As regular readers know, we’ve had way above-normal snow pack in northern California, and I’ve been advocating that California hikers do middle-elevation trails for most of the summer. Well, here’s some visual [...]

Brooks-Range Cirro Jacket Review

The good folks at Brooks-Range sent me their new Cirro jacket to review, so I took it on my recent hiking trip to southern Utah. Now I’m not an expert on clothing and gear, just a hiker who’s very interested in having quality stuff that will help me better enjoy my time in the outdoors. [...]

State Park Advocates Rally at Capitol on June 21, 2011 Against Planned Park Closures

WHAT On May 13, the Department of Parks and Recreation released a list of 70 state parks that will be closed because of budget cuts. As part of the FY 11-12 state budget, the state park system will begin to implement $11 million in cuts that will grow to a permanent $22 million General Fund [...]

Your Suggestions for Middle-Elevation Hikes in Northern California…

So Stephanie and I are back from a fantastic trip to southern Utah. Yes, the same weather that dowsed y’all here in northern California made its way east to harass us, but for the most part we were able to dodge and weave and still do a lot of great hiking. I have several hundred [...]

On Listening to Birds at Dawn

With the longer days of late spring, I’ve been taking dawn walks down to the shore of Lake Shastina with my morning coffee. Recently, as I stood watching the lake, the birds, and the mountains, I was struck by all the different wildlife I could hear at one time: Canada goose Mallard Gull Redwing blackbird [...]

Need Your Suggestions for Best Day Hikes in Southern Utah

Stephanie and I will spend roughly two weeks hiking and camping in the Southwest. We plan to focus on southern Utah and environs, roughly in the area that includes: San Rafael Swell Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park Natural Bridges National Monument Capitol Reef National Park Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Bryce Canyon National Park [...]

Hiking Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais Trails — Gambolin’ Man’s Take

Gambolin’ Man doesn’t post often on his blog, but when he does he writes beautiful descriptions of the natural and human history of his chosen area. He recently hiked the trails on Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais. See his post for the full description and all the luscious photos. Here’s taste: These are the twin [...]

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