Hiking Peters Creek Loop at Portola Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park is frequently forgotten. Its more famous brother, Big Basin State Park, sees way more hikers. Nestled deep in the redwood-covered Santa Cruz mountains, the park has so many to offer. Peters Creek Loop trail features, probably, the most scenic area, that could compete with northern coastal groves. The trail is kick…

Lassen National Park

If one day someone asks me what my two favorite California National Parks are, I would say Lassen and Redwoods. No, not Yosemite – that is amazing but always busy, sometimes way too busy to be enjoyable. Not Death Valley, which is though very likable but still is a desert that is deadly half of…

Early Fall in Grand Teton

I had a chance to spend several days in Grand Teton, my favorite national park, at the end of August, beginning of September. As always, I wished aspen would already start to turn yellow but no – they were summer green. But fall felt everywhere – brown grasses and bright yellow bushes were first signs…

Yosemite Hike

Do you have one track that you never able to complete? Always something happens. Weather, timing, closures… For me its four mile trail that starts from Yosemite Valley and slowly climbs up to Glacier Point. On our first visit, it was so hot so after a mile of the hike, my not trained body gave…

Waterfall hikes. San Francisco South Bay and Peninsula edition

Winter brings rain, and with the rains, waterfalls season starts. When mountains and their mighty falls are still covered with the deep snow, Bay Area local waterfalls bring joy. This list includes waterfalls located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Except for Long Ridge, you will need to pay for parking or entrance. Uvas Canyon also…