Backpacking The Lost Coast Trail

We started the journey late into the day, probably too late in retrospect. Our minds were turning in the decision if our hike would have to wait. Smoky air blew around California with little signs of letting up. There was a small sign that the winds could switch directions after starting our hike Monday- so we took the chance, and packed. The drive took 6 solitary hours from San Jose to Black...

Backpacking the Trinity Alps Wilderness

Four Lakes & Siligo Peak Loop AllTrails Stats: 18.4 miles || Elevation Gain: 5997ft || Loop Driving through Redding, we stopped at Weaverville Ranger Station on our way to the trail for a permit. It was about 2 hours south of where we had camped the previous night. The 53-mile distance as-the-crow-flies looked much shorter than the 131 it took to get to Long Canyon Trailhead. We took shifts...

A Weekend in Death Valley

My first trip to Death Valley was in the spring of 2019. This park far-exceed my expectations and I honestly believe it to be one of the most underrated parks in America. The diversity alone of this park is incredible, but before going here I knew virtually nothing about it. The neighboring parks of Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Yosemite capture most of the attention in California. The night before...