Author Archives: California Trekking

Rancheria Falls National Recreation Trail – Sierra National Forest

An Easy, Family-Friendly Hike to a Spectacular 150-Foot Waterfall Near Huntington Lake Residents of the Central Valley have long escaped the oppressive summer heat by heading up into the western Sierra Nevada during the hotter months of the year. Only … Continue reading

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Visiting the Tarantula Fest at Henry W. Coe State Park

An Excellent Introduction to the Wildest Park in the San Francisco Bay Area Tarantulas are unloved. Frequently cast as monsters in horror films, these unusually large and hairy arachnids are actually quite common in California. About 18 different species of … Continue reading

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Soberanes Fire Prompts Closures and Evacuations in Northern Big Sur

After five years of unrelenting drought in California, it was pretty much a safe assumption that the 2016 fire season would be one of the worst in recent memory. Although it’s only late July and the wildfire season still has … Continue reading

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Lodging Review: Tuolumne Meadows Lodge in Yosemite National Park

An outstanding base camp for exploring the Tuolumne Meadows area Yosemite National Park is, of course, one of the crown jewels of the US National Park system, and an extremely popular destination for California residents and visitors alike. While most … Continue reading

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Cuesta Fire Forces Temporary Closure of Santa Lucia Wilderness

If you live in San Luis Obispo County, you’re probably already aware of the Cuesta Fire, which has been burning near Santa Margarita for the past several days. Due to the spread of the fire, the Los Padres National Forest … Continue reading

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E-book Review: Paddler’s Secret Places, Where to Kayak in San Luis Obispo County, by Andee Allen and Ashala Taylor

San Luis Obispo County is, of course, a great place for hiking enthusiasts. With generally mild weather year-round, an abundance of public lands, and a delightful combination of coastal and mountain ecosystems, it’s an ideal destination for everything from short … Continue reading

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National Park Fee-Free Days for 2015

It’s a new year and the National Park Service is continuing its popular Free Entrance Days program on select holiday weekends and special anniversaries. For the dates listed below, the normal entrance fees at national parks that charge them are … Continue reading

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Hilltop, Inn, and Zinfandel Trails – Opolo Vineyards

A rare hiking opportunity in heart of the Paso Robles wine country Here’s something a little different for your hiking pleasure: a chance to hike on the grounds of a working vineyard nestled in the pastoral Adelaide Hills west of … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Park Week With Free Admission to Your Local National Park This Weekend (April 19-20, 2014)

To kick off the start of National Park Week, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees for all national parks this weekend (April 19-20, 2014). While you’ll still have to pay for campground reservations, this is nonetheless a great … Continue reading

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Enjoy Free Admission to California’s National Parks and Forests This Veterans Day Weekend

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees for all national parks this Veterans Day weekend (November 9-11, 2013). This will be the last fee-free weekend of 2013, so get out there and enjoy your national parks! … Continue reading

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