Tips for Backpacking and Hiking Alone

Tips for Backpacking and Hiking Alone | How To Be Safe | Somewhere Sierra

Solo backpacking and hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors at your own pace. Depending on your past experience outdoors, backpacking and hiking alone can seem daunting, scary and downright dangerous. As a woman, I am often told that people “don’t backpack outdoors for a reason” and “it’s too dangerous for women”, but […]

What To Know Before Backpacking The Wonderland Trail

The Wonderland Trail is a 93 mile trail that circumnavigates the base of Mt. Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park. The loop climbs over 25,000ft of elevation throughout the trail and varies between groups on how long it takes to complete (usually between 6 and 10 days). The trail is rated as difficult and is […]

Backpacking The Thousand Island Lake Loop to Ediza and Iceberg Lakes.

Backpacking the River Trail to Thousand Island Lake, Iceberg Lake and Ediza Lake will wind you up towards one of the most breathtaking mountain ranges in the Sierras, the Ritter Range. This loop is about 25 miles long and has an overall elevation gain of 4,665ft. The loop will go south on the John Muir Trail […]

A Local’s Guide to Santa Cruz, California

The real Surf City, USA. A notable stop on the famous Highway 1 that has morphed into a bustling haven of college students, surf bums, and local hippies. Its been the nesting grounds of several Silicon Valley start-ups, the surfing powerhouse O’Neill, and recognizable Santa Cruz Skateboards. The city is a locally-made oasis for artists […]