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Anyway, this will give you a visual of the trip from a map point of view. If you start at Camino Cielo road South of Forbush it is about 1. That will just give you an idea of the scale of the map. One of my favorite sections is the hike south from the river to Forbush. There is a section here that has some travertine pools, small waterfall depending on the present lflow and lots of ferns. Very different from the surrounding vegetation and terrain. Santa Cruz mountains: Lots of trails split across many parks. Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument has some nice trails and backpacking, though big chunks have burned recently:.

Channel Islands National Park — camping and hiking on several islands.

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Ferry riders often see whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. You can always connect trails, as Rex suggested. If you call Big Basin ranger station and Henry Cowell state park, you might get more info on permits and places that are open for overnighters.

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REI has a few good maps of the area. I was a guide there and I cannot recommend it enough; 6 zips, 2 suspension bridges, feet in the air, zip up to 35 mph, and zip among old and new growth redwoods.

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My favorite hike on that trail involved dropping bikes at Usul Beach, driving to Matole, and then hiking back to the bikes, biking to Matole, and then driving to pick up packs for a fast 5 day trip. You can rent Garcia cans from the ranger station. I also thing Henry Coe is worth dorking around in. You can actually do a lot of miles. Nice mountain biking or bike packing. Subscribe Home New? Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 of 15 total.

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Login to post Basic Membership required. Aug 31, at pm Thanks, Jay Wilkerson. Window walker BPL Member. Some of my favorite hikes of the area: Indian caves out of Doe Flat — it has been over ten years since I was there, but it was fabulous. Not sure I could find it again but PM me if you want some more info, would rather not post it publicly Alder Creek and beyond out of Doe Flat.

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Camping at beartrap is rather nice, it is our annual December trip, elevation feet and we have camped in the snow and other years Montana De Oro — not so much a backpacking trip but my wife and I spent 2 nights in the environmental camps a year or two ago, and did tons of day hiking. Hope that helps, Matt. Sep 1, at pm Sep 2, at am For the more adventurous driver, the unpaved Davison Road travels to Gold Bluffs Beach, a mile stretch of waterfront where s prospectors mined for gold dust in the sand.

Continue past Gold Bluffs to the end of the road and Fern Canyon trailhead. Here you have two options: a one-mile loop through spectacular Fern Canyon, or a longer walk on the Coastal Trail past three mini-waterfalls.

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History explains how, in the late s, limestone was harvested from a nearby slope, then fed into the hulking kilns. Intense heat—with kiln fires fueled by felled redwoods—extracted pure lime, a key ingredient in construction cement, which was used in buildings in San Francisco and Monterey. Once all the nearby reserves of limestone and redwoods were used up, the kilns were abandoned.

Slowly, the forest recovered, and the second-growth redwood stands in this park today make for a pleasant and shady escape not to mention one with an interesting past. In the midst of this intensely naturalistic setting, the four iron-and-stone kilns rise, scarred and imposing, like monuments to some bygone civilization. Pitch a tent—car and RV camping is not accommodated—in one of the 29 campsites located creekside, on the beachfront, and in the forest. You can reserve a site up to six months in advance. A wild and beautiful meeting of land and sea, Salt Point State Park encompasses 6, acres along the Sonoma coast, about 95 miles north of San Francisco.

Grassy terraces crown wind-lashed headlands where sandstone cliffs drop abruptly to the Pacific. Bisected by Highway 1, this beautiful coastal park, 17 miles north of the mouth of the Russian River and the hamlet of Jenner, gives you plenty of reasons to pull over and start Instagramming. Better yet, get out and explore: choose from some 20 miles of trails leading to sights such as wind and water-carved tafoni, or honeycombed sandstone formations. Head north from the main park entrance to Fisk Mill Cove, popular for abalone diving, to follow a bluff-top trail. This level path meanders through a forest with rhododendrons and ferns to peek-a-boo views of rocky pocket beaches with crashing waves, playful seals, and abalone divers.

Save energy to climb to the top of Sentinel Rock for a striking coastal overlook. Insider tip: Salt Point State Park has two campgrounds—perfect for first time family campers. Best on calm days, Gerstle Cove Campground, on the ocean side of the highway, features exciting sea views, while pine-shaded Woodside Campground, on the more protected east side of the highway, offers better shelter on windy days. This state park, just west of the quiet mountain town of Markleeville, may or may not have been discovered in by John C. Fremont, the explorer credited with first sighting Lake Tahoe.

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This is one of them. At this high-desert preserve, on the eastern side of the towering Sierra, ghostlike tufa towers trim the edges of a one-million-year-old lake, the salty remnant of an ancient inland sea. Over a million sea birds feed on the surface and swirl overhead—AN incredible show of life in this seemingly desolate setting. Get yourself oriented with a visit to the excellent interpretive center, just off U.

Inside, exhibits shed light on the natural and human history of the Mono Basin, including major environmental challenges caused by water diversions that almost killed the lake. Huge efforts by the local Mono Lake Committee, with a gift-filled shop in Lee Vining, have successfully saved it. Wraparound decks offer expansive views of the dramatic setting—Sierra peaks to the west, chaparral-dotted desert to the east, and views of the lake and its tiny Wizard Island, an important nesting site for Western gulls and other sea birds.

Bird walks are offered at 8 a. Fridays and Sundays, mid-May through Labor Day. The Visitor Center is closed Dec-Mar. Guided paddles are also offered through Caldera Kayaks. Whether you dream of carving a wave for the first time, relaxing at a wine country estate, taking a spin on an iconic theme park ride Kevin Jorgeson spent 19 days last December and January quite literally focused on scaling a massive wall. He was also trying to avoid the inevitable fact that his life was By , Los Angeles had become the center of California wine-making.


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