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…

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…

Portola Redwoods State Park: Tip Toe Falls

Winter is an eventful season. Snow in Sierras and Cascades, storms on the coast, rain in the Bay. And when it starts to rain the Bay Area, the best thing to do is go hike waterfalls. North Bay has its jewels, as well as Mt.Diablo. Peninsula has Big Basin famous Berry Falls and other smaller…

Hazy Hike at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Fall Creek Unit

It was a smoky November. So hazy, one cannot see ridges around Bay Area. Even coast had poor air quality. We spent two weekends in a row doing nothing, and I felt anxious. Dunno how I decided that redwood forests on the west side of Santa Cruz Mountains should be okay to hike. Visit of…

Redwoods National Park: Bald Hills Rd

I never had any idea where the borders are of Redwoods National and State parks. I imagine the whole region between Trinidad and Oregon Border with redwoods forests to be a national park. On night two days before the long Memorial Day weekend, I planned the trip to the North. And one of the days…

The High Rock River Trail

In four years of living in California, I saw many redwood groves. I even have a plan to write the list of my favorite parks to see the magnificent giants. Though I notice from our road trips north, one place somehow became a favorite. More correct to say, one road became our favorite. Two-line State…

Purisima Creek Redwoods: Whittemore Gulch – Harkins Ridge hike

Our colleagues relocated to the area at the end of June. After a month and a half, their expectations failed completely. I’m not talking about the quality of life and work, right now I’m describing the weather. Everyone who moves to San Francisco Bay Area wants to see long sandy beaches with constant sunshine and…