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Redwood National Park Redwood National Park
The visitor center, both the main one a the southern coastal end of the park, and the one at Elk Prairie, were both wonderful, with great exhibits, and friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Big Tree and the trail to Cathedral trees is an iconic hike in the best of the Redwood Habitat- takes you back to the age of the dinosaurs- multiple trailheads leave the narrow- tree lined road north of Big Tree f...
The High Sierra stretches out in front of you and the views are limitless (if you are lucky with the weather - having done this only in September and always having perfect weather I can’t vouch for any other time...
Overall, the scenery (during daylight) was awesome and views along the hike were spectacular at times; beautiful streams and small waterfalls too.
Stout Grove Crescent City
You will feel like you are in a Jurassic Park movie, every time we are here I am waiting for a dinosaur to walk by.It takes your breath away at the size of some of the trees in Stout Grove, tt is truly an amazing...
The redwoods along the easily trail there are incredibly beautiful and the trail is very well designed and marked, running near a scenic stretch of the Smith River.
Nevada Falls Loop Yosemite National Park
My wife and I did this hike on May 14, 2019; we reveled in the beauty along the way and the accomplishment of finishing the whole loop (John Muir Trail, Mist Trail, John Muir Trail in that order.
The hike up to Vernal falls on the mist trail, followed by Nevada falls, returning on the John Muir trail took about 5 hours which included lots of photo stops and a lunch stop at the top.
Mist Trail Yosemite National Park
The views at Vernal Falls are beautiful – the power of the water; the rainbows in the clouds of water; all so breathtaking from the large rock plateau that provides a great place for lunch and snacks in the warm sun.
Great views of Nevada Falls and Liberty Cap (the big domeish mountain you've been next to on the way up the Mist Trail) and you avoid the Nevada Falls switchbacks with so many steps from the Mist Trail.
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Panorama Trail Yosemite National Park
high above Glacier Point to the east, and best of all behind the dome you can feast your eyes to Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls pouring down from Merced River which is best seen at close range on your hike down the...
While parts of the trail can be quite crowded in the summer (i.e., around the falls), many parts of the trail allow for solitude and quiet enjoyment of the beautiful back country.
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What I loved most about this were the pristine views of the coast from up high, the incredibly beautiful sandstone cliffs featuring intricate patterns created through erosion, and the rare Torrey pines with their...
I really enjoyed taking in the ocean breeze, surrounding scenery of buttes and vegetations, and gorgeous panoramic views including Pacific Ocean to the west, La Jolla to the south, and Del Mar to the north while h...
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Moro Rock Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
The absolute best view we had in all our explorations in the Great Sequoia and King's Canyon N.P. Moro rock is a moderate hike to get through along a well marked and well traveled trail.
This short trail climbs about 380 stairs carved into the granite of Moro Rock and you end up on top of the 6,500 foot in elevation rock that overlooks the canyon below and can see East to the High Sierras and West...
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Discovered Scenic Drive last year and have enjoyed walking along the roadway trail, enjoying the architecture of the houses with their beautiful landscaping, the beautiful views of Carmel Beach and the ocean.
You will be walking in what the locals call the "Golden Rectangle" You will encounter very unique residential homes, large cypress trees and breathtaking views of white sandy beaches of Carmel Bay.
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Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
The hike itself is a great Sierra sampler, it starts winding through the giant forest, then and offers expansive views of deep valleys, endless Sierra granite, and 4 beautiful subalpine lakes--Heather, Aster, Emer...
9/8/2018 Wolverton Lot --> up via Watchtower Overpass --> Heather Lake > Emerald > Pear --> backdown via Hump Trail --> Wolverton Lot Description of hike: The trail head begins at Wolverton Lot where you can park...
Congress Trail Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
To get to this trail you have to first battle the crowds on the paved trail down to the Sherman tree as the trailhead is off the base of the Sherman tree trail.
Fairly easy trail as you see the Chief and President tree as well as other names such as McKinley etc Around 2 miles of easy walking, next to general Sherman Tree.
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Point Reyes Hiking Trails Point Reyes National Seashore
Driving from the information centre to south along the ocean coast was at moments a once in a lifetime experience - unforgettable views both up high and down at beach level, wildlife (elk, coyote, seals) and domes...
... do a 13 mile loop over Mount Wittenberg, along the skyline Trail, the Woodward Valley Trail,the coast trail and the Bear Valley Trail reminded me how much I missed the incredible variety this area has to offer.
Death Valley National Park Death Valley National Park
This park is truly amazing, from the moment we arrived the scenery was breath taking, So much to see, canyons, salt beds, devils gold course, we loved the Artists Drive, the colours were amazing, its definitely wo...
Yes, it is partly that but the site offers very interesting geological phenomena and stunning landscapes: sand dunes, a beautiful canyon with mosaic effets that are so incredible, a salt lake that is the lowest po...
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That trail is “furnished” with some wonderful, unique benches make of natural materials, including large pieces of driftwood — great places to sit down, relax, breathe deep, and take in the breathtaking views.
We accidentally stumbled upon this walk trail, we decided to start walking, glad that we did the trail is made well, with paths, there was a lot of people with their dogs walking the trail, the view was amazing, y...
General Grant Tree Trail Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
A easy trail loaded with history do read the information boards as the history is an education, For all ages truly amazing being able to walk inside a tree that fell over a century a go, a log cabin of great inter...
We were staying in John Muir lodge and from there this is a 20 minute walk down a forest trail (starts at the Grant Grove visitor centre - pick up a trail map inside), much more pleasant than driving!
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Lands End San Francisco
On a wonderfully clear and sunny day, this was a thoroughly enjoyable walk, during which we were able to get lots of fantastic shots of Golden Gate Bridge, visit the war memorial, and marvel at the Sutro Baths.
If you are a hiker then walk the Lands End trail that goes along the coast for views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, see remains of 3 shipwrecks, historical monuments and end at the Palace of the Le...
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Situated at a higher elevation than many other parts of the most frequented areas of the Redwood National Park, this grove offers different vegetation and scenery than other groves as well as throughout this grove...
... needing a little dose of courage to ascend especially and descend Bald Hills Road, but once there the trail was an easy one mile loop with a few places to sit on a bench and soak in the magnitude and beauty.
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Yosemite National Park
Pretty amazing walk .. got to see the grizzly and the tunnel sequoia trees .. nature’s Wonders Easy shuttle ride .. slow peaceful walk and huge trees .. definitely worth a visit
Ranger John Woolman did a fantastic job of explaining the history of the grove, teaching us about all of the types of trees in the grove, and explaining about how prescribed burning helps the forest thrive.
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Rubicon Trail South Lake Tahoe
the trail is easy and winds you along some popular (campground) beaches and offers various views of the mountains and lake, but the BEST PART of the trail is the small, rustic, unique lighthouse.
* Parts of the trail are shaded by the big, beautiful redwoods and there's many places to set up an impromptu picnic or jump in the lake, so pack your snacks and layers!
We were awe struck by the sheer enormity of these ancient, majestic trees:-) It is an easy walk of about a mile and a half and the trail is paved for wheelchair access.
The narrow, windy road with breathtaking views along with the Trail of 100 Giants made for a beautiful day.
Ryan Mountain Joshua Tree National Park
... we planned our hike with a bit of care -- we arrived early at the trailhead, before the crowds so we could easily get parking and take our time up the trail, stopping every so often to rest and enjoy the scenery.
I heard from the ranger it is a popular sunset hike, in which case you would want to start at about 2 - 3 hours before sunset, depending on how fast you hike, so you can enjoy the sunset and then get back down bef...
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The Trail is easy to access, kid, bike, stroller, and wheelchair easy... Dog friendly, keep the furry kids on leash and bring your camera... Park at Glass Beach and hit the trail...Northern California coast is rug...
With 10 miles of trail, you can take a leisurely stroll or really get some exercise...all along the beautiful rocky coast while listening to the waves crash
Lassen Volcanic National Park Hiking Trails Lassen Volcanic National Park
Hike mountains, rivers, falls, meadows, forests, scenic overlooks, lakes, deer, singing colorful birds, on quiet, well marked and maintained trail, with great parking.
Mill Creek Falls is much easier but Brokeoff Mountain has it all ... wildflowers, wetland areas, spectacular vistas and a breathtaking grand finale if you can manage an all-day 7.5 mile roundtrip that climbs the e...
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Mt. Tallac Trail South Lake Tahoe
This is place must see by anybody that live in our beautiful country Amazing views, moderate climbing, trees are supernatural and big , summer is the dream weather
The first quarter, or even first half, are a relatively easy hike through a wooded trail that has wonderful views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe.
Lembert Dome Yosemite National Park
Apart from the wonderful drive along Tioga Road which is worthwhile in itself, Lembert Dome offers a chance to walk up a dome without too strenuous a hike, as you start from high up to begin with.
The hike is deceptive--if you are on a tight timeline, use the Dog Lake Trail, which is steeper but shorter than the signed Lembert Dome trail.
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... and easy- Victor is up the mountain/down the mountain- get your cardio on!) Glad we did both as the palm showcases the incredible trees while the 'Victor' offers some fantastic views of the Indian Canyons.
this is a great place to hike, its also a great place to have a picnic which we have done several times with friends, a little stream runs from andreas canyon, they have picnic tables and its a quaint place to hik...
Four Mile Trail Yosemite National Park
... at this trailhead, walking to Happy Isles Nature Center (bus was full and couldn’t take us!) then starting our hike climbing up to Vernal Falls, then Nevada Falls and taking the Panorama Trail to Glacier Point.
This trail will take you to Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point and is an excellent start of a longer day hike to Nevada Falls via Panorama Trail.
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Generally, there is slight elevation uphill to Gem Lake but the change of elevation is reasonable for most folks along this trail.
It took us about 4 hours to go in and back - as we took many "soaking in the scenery" and photo breaks and would highly recommend enjoying your hike in rather than rushing as the scenery is awesome!
I also walk it in the evening with my dog.You have surf, surfing and sometimes dolphins in the ocean.Views are great and the ocean breeze is wonderful.You can enjoy good sunrises and fantastic sunsets.
The trail extends from State Beach and all the way to North Beach; there are two Amtrak stations along the way, the pier, Linda Lane park, several parking lots, several well known beaches and a few restrooms.
An easy, paved walk on gently sloping hills, the trail is a perfect fit for just about anyone from cyclists and runners to moms with little ones or even strollers.
Skirting the pristine Crystal Springs Reservoir and surrounded on both sides by lush and vibrant vegetation and trees, walking, running or biking this trail is a treat for all senses.