Category Archives: News and Commentary

Includes recent news items, announcements, upcoming events, and commentary (opinion) relevant to the hiking community.

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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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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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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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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Los Padres National Forest Implements Level IV Fire Restrictions [UPDATE: Lifted December 11, 2013]

UPDATE: Now that we’ve had some rain here along the Central Coast, Level IV fire restrictions for the Los Padres National Forest have been lifted. A California Campfire Permit is still required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire … Continue reading

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Mount Whitney May Be Higher (or Lower) Than You Thought

Everyone knows that California’s Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States, but exactly how high is it? Official measurements have ranged from a “low” of 14,494 feet above sea level to as high as 14,505 feet. … Continue reading

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Welcome to California Trekking

Hello and welcome to California Trekking! California Trekking is a blog devoted to discussing hiking opportunities and other outdoor activities throughout California.  As the site expands, I’d like to include a wide variety of hiking trails from around the state, … Continue reading

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