Trail Guide: Hiking Yosemite’s Mist Trail for Vernal & Nevada Waterfall Views (2,000′ / 5.4 miles / 4-5 hours)

Trail Guides

If you love waterfalls (and really, who doesn’t) and don’t mind getting a little wet to stand right beside not one but two incredible ones, than the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls is for you. Unfortunately it’s not just for you; on a nice spring or summer day literally thousands of people make this hike so while it’s one to experience, it’s not one to find solitude on. None the less, with an early start (think sunrise, or…

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Half Dome from Glacier Point Area

My 4 Favorite Yosemite Valley Day Hikes – Moderate to Strenuous

Adventures

Yosemite Valley is just a tiny part of the total National Park (seriously, it’s like 1% of the area) and yet it’s where the vast majority of visitors head. Crowded as this can make things, there’s a good reason for all the attention: the place is incredible. But unless you’ve totally missed about a billion photos, you already know this. The question is not should you hike Yosemite Valley but rather what trail to head to first. Growing up just…

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Me on the summit of Tallac

Trail Review: Hiking Tahoe’s Mount Tallac Trail (3,300′ / 10 miles / 5-8 hours)

Trail Guides

There are trails that are popular because of hype and trails that earn their crowds and Mount Tallac is definitely in the later group. Hiking Mount Tallac was my first adventure in the Lake Tahoe area when I moved to California and while others have added to my love of the area, there’s a reason why I’m glad to return to it at any time. Why is that you ask? Well, there’s just so much to make Mt. Tallac worth…

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Lava Flow from Helicopter Tour

Trip Review: See Hawaii’s Volcano Lava Flows with Paradise Helicopters’ Doors-Off Tour [2018]

Outdoor Adventures

It was just over a month ago that Hawaii’s Kilauea began to significantly and seriously erupt. Seeing the early images was of course devastating as lava flows carved right through towns — places I’ve spent time, had adventures in, and that are just a few quick turns from where members of my family have a place of their own. But amidst the devastation is also an incredible natural sight and one I most certainly wanted to experience for myself, one…

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Lava boat at the lava

Trip Review: Get Up Close to Hawaii’s Volcano with a Lava Ocean Boat Tour [2018]

Outdoor Adventures

As of late May 2018, lava flows from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano have reached the ocean. While conditions vary by day and even by hour, a few local operators have resumed lava boat tours. This post reflects my experience with Lava Ocean Tours from May 28th, 2018 and some updates from June 2018 as lava entered Kapoho Bay. I’ve seen a lot of incredible sights in my life but there is nothing in this world that compares to seeing lava pour out…

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El Captain from 4 Mile Trail

Trail Guide: Hiking Yosemite’s 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point (3,250′ / 9.6 miles / 5-8 hours)

Trail Guides

I’ll admit it, the idea of hiking up a trail you can drive to the top of at times is a little strange but beyond the solid workout and sense of accomplishment, there’s something to be said for taking the scenic route– that something of course being the scenery. Yosemite Valley is home to many incredible hikes: There’s the Mist Trail, Half Dome Hike, The Upper Falls and on and on but don’t underestimate 4 mile. In winter (also early…

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Mount St. Helens Summit View in Spring

Spring Adventures: Photos from Climbing Mount St. Helens

Adventures

After a late winter, Spring has most certainly rolled into the Pacific Northwest and things look great! Actually, it may be a little too nice out there, at least for those of us who like alpine climbs as the recent warm temps have the snow melting down fast so get to the mountains now. But for now there’s still snow up high and great conditions for adventures. (For more on climbing Mount St Helens in Winter & Spring, see my trail…

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Warning signs on the trail are there for a reason - mostly

Prepare for the worst, enjoy the best: A few words on adventuring safely…

Travel Talk

I write about trails, mountain climbs and other adventures. While it should be pretty obvious, let me perfectly clear: these are all inherently risky things to do. Under the best conditions, on the perfect day, and with all the right planning, things can still go wrong — very wrong.  If you want to be totally safe, stick to the photos. That’s not to be an alarmist or try and scare you out of an adventure, I’m just being honest. In…

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Coast Views from Route 1 to Big Sur

Road Trip: Driving California’s Highway 1 to the “End of the Road” at Big Sur’s Mud Creek Slide

Road Trips

It was a little over a year ago (that’s back in early 2017 depending on when you’ve stumbled on this post) that a series of winter storms wrecked havoc on stretch of Northern California’s Highway 1 around Big Sur. All told, something like a million tons of dirt and rock came down destroying bridges, road ways, and entirely altering the coast. Early on there were several slides and road closures but most of those have since been cleared with some…

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Vernal Falls Rainbow

Spring is the time for waterfalls! Photos from hiking the Mist Trail and Upper Yosemite Falls

Outdoor Adventures

Yosemite has something to offer in every season but when it comes to its waterfalls, nothing compares to Spring. This year, winter rolled in late and while the overall snow-pack in the high country is sadly well under average (67% as of 4/1/2018), the final storms have made for plenty of snow to melt on down and fill the rivers below. They even had to close the Valley for a few days as it flooded over. With less snow up…

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