About California Trekking

The author at Horsetails Falls, Desolation Wilderness

California Trekking is devoted to providing up-to-date information about hiking and other outdoor adventures in California.  We aim to deliver thorough, detailed descriptions of a wide variety of trekking opportunities throughout the state.

The site will initially focus on day hikes, but will eventually expand to include backpacking, car-camping, and other outdoor pursuits.  As the author is currently living in the Paso Robles wine country, there will be a special emphasis on the Central Coast region.

Advances in technology are having a profound impact on the sport of hiking, particularly in the aspects of maps and navigation.  We’ll include discussions on how to take advantage of the latest GPS and online mapping tools to plan your hike in ways that weren’t possible just a few years ago, and how to use them out on the trail to stay safe.

There will also be an emphasis on out-of-the-way, lesser-known trails that don’t receive many visitors.  As California’s population continues to expand, it seems that the opportunity for true solitude, even out on a hiking trail, is becoming harder and harder to find.  However, there are plenty of places where you can still “get away from it all” and have the trail to yourself – if you know where to look.   We’ll try to shine a light on some of those places.

About Me

California Trekking is written by Frank Kehl, a retired Air Force navigator and freelance writer living in Paso Robles.  I’ve hiked, climbed, and backpacked in California since the 1980s, and have been *almost* everywhere between the Siskiyous and San Diego.  I’ve also hiked and climbed throughout the US and around the world, including Kilimanjaro and Pico de Orizaba. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

About California Trekking

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  2. Frank Kehl – Paso Robles, CA
    californiatrekking says:

    The Film Festival sounds like a lot of fun. If you can provide some contact information, I'm sure I can help to spread the word…

  3. trekking says:

    Glad to read about California Trekking and its seems to me lot of information included indeed! Thanks Frank Kehl for written up in such input here.

  4. Timothy Seth says:

    Hiking is most wonderful sports in California. It also one kind of cultural sports too. I invite to enjoyable traveler for making their exciting traveling is possible in California bcz it is best place for Hiking and trekking. Thanks!

  5. bigol'walker says:

    Really great write-ups so far. As another SLO county resident I look forward to what you come up with in the future!

    • Frank Kehl – Paso Robles, CA
      californiatrekking says:

      Thanks! As a relative newcomer to the Central Coast, I'm still exploring and looking for new places to visit. If there's any local trail that you would like to see covered in this blog, feel free to nominate it in the comments and I'll see what I can do.

  6. I think it’s interesting to learn more about hiking opportunities in California. When I think of California, the first thing that comes to mind is wine. after that, I probably think about cycling.

    You’ve certainly had the opportunity to visit a number of places and enjoy the natural beauty of those areas. This should be a good resource for anyone who is interested in hiking at different locations in the United States. I’ll look at your posts and add to my knowledge. Thanks.

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    GTA 5 Apk says:

    Really great write-ups so far. As another SLO county resident I look forward to what you come up with in the future!

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    I think of California, the first thing that comes to mind is wine. after that, I probably think about cycling.

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