Twenty Lakes Basin

20 June 2022 Saddlebag Lake and Twenty Lakes Basin Loop (9 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Wow! Today was one of my favorite hiking days of all time. Driving down from South Lake Tahoe, we originally intended to stay in Lee Vining and do some day hikes in Yosemite. But then I remembered there is a new…

Granite & Eagle Lakes Loop

19 June 2020 Granite & Eagle Lakes Loop (8 miles, +2,200/-2,200 feet). The drive around Lake Tahoe was spectacular yesterday. Right as we hit the state parks on the southwest side, it started snowing! Today we went from South Lake Tahoe back to the state parks, choosing a loop hike that heads up into the…

Cold Boiling Lake

18 June 2022 Cold Boiling Lake Trail (2 miles). There was more rain yesterday so we decided to spend a layover day in Redding, which has a very cute downtown with a couple of very good breweries. Today we headed to Lake Tahoe, but not before touring Lassen Volcanic National Park and doing a short…

Redwoods National Park

16 June 2022 Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Tall Trees Trail (5 miles, +800/-800 feet). Yesterday we got a permit to hike the Tall Trees trail in Redwood National Park. They sent us a code for a locked gate we had to drive through to get to the trailhead. But on the way, we first…

Prairie Creek Redwoods

15 June 2022 Miner’s Ridge and James Irvine Trails (12 miles, +1,700/-1,700 feet). Yesterday we arrived in Arcata, an extremely cute town that is home to Humboldt State. We will be staying here for a few days as we explore some of the state and national redwood parks. Since we could leave all our stuff…

Humboldt Redwoods

14 June 2022 Gould Grove, Rockefeller Grove, Big Trees Area, Founders Grove (4 miles). Today we spent a few hours in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, getting out at some of the major groves to wander around amongst the giants. This might just be the most spectacular state park in California. It was a great day!…

Hendy Woods and Russian Gulch

13 June 2022 Discovery and Upper Loop, North Trail (4 miles, + 400/-400 feet). Our son Double Sub just graduated from UC Davis (yay!) and while Half Cookie and I are up here anyway, we decided to do a day-hiking road trip in northern California. First stop: Hendy Redwoods State Park. There is a nice…

Day 4: Killer Trees

5 June 2022 Twin Lakes to Lodgepole (7 miles, +300/-3,000 feet). Today was an easy last day. We packed up our beautiful site at Twin Lakes and then headed into the woods for a three thousand foot descent back to civilization. About halfway down we entered a burn zone from the KNP Complex fire (we…

Day 3: Little Lakes

4 June 2022 Crescent Lake to Ranger Lake to Twin Lakes plus a day hike to Little Lakes (11 miles, +3,000/-3,300 feet). Crescent Lake was absolutely gorgeous this morning, and of course being so far off trail we had it to ourselves. After breakfast we made our way cross country to the north, dropping to…