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Hiking the Hartman Cutoff

Sometimes you just to need to get outside in winter and take a brisk walk on a dirt road through rolling green foothills with cows. Where: Near Raymond and Coarsegold, following a dirt road. Distance: 9.89 Miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 1,171′ – 1,752′ Date: December 19, 2016 Maps: Ben Hur and Daulton Topographic Quad Maps Dog Hike? Yes, depending ...

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Favorite Local Dog Hikes of SNO Readers

Favorite Dog Hikes of SNO Readers Thank you to the SNO readers who shared their favorite dog hikes with me. I look forward to adding more to this “living document” as more come in. I have included some basic information on these dog hikes and purposefully did not include detailed information on health, safety and conditioning related to hiking with ...

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Hiking the Lewis Creek Trail to Corlieu Falls and Beyond

Storms were scheduled to come in later in the day and we were thinking of a hike close to home, so we headed up the Lewis Creek Trail, traveling back in time as we walked along what was once the Sugar Pine Madera-Sugar Pine Lumber Company flume. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 3.81 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: ...

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Snowshoeing from Chinquapin to Monroe Meadows

The first big snow of the season had fallen and we needed to check out the conditions. We were pleasantly surprised to find lots of fresh, virgin snow to snowshoe along the historic route that we know of as Old Glacier Point Road. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 5.59 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 6,071′ – 7,281′ Date: ...

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Tioga Pass High Country before the Storms

The National Weather Service was forecasting storms lining up over the next week or so and I knew that the snow from those storms could shut down Tioga Road for the season. That made me sad, so Sally and I headed up to the Tioga Pass area to check out some of my favorite high lakes in the Tioga Pass ...

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Hiking from Olmsted Point to Mt. Watkins and Beyond

It was a warm November day and Tioga Road had just re-opened. We had the trail and amazing views all to ourselves of Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon and the snow covered peaks beyond. It was a perfect day in my book! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.77 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 7,437′ – 8,497′ Date: ...

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Going Green Is The New Black Friday

OAKHURST — “Green is the new black,” says Visit Yosemite Madera County, with the goal of “Green Friday” being to get more people outside and moving this week. As families begin to prepare their Thanksgiving meals, and others are developing their holiday shopping list for the sales of Black Friday, Visit Yosemite Madera County is encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors this Friday, ...

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Hiking up the 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point

Views of snow capped mountains and flowing waterfalls were our reward once we made it to the top but Yosemite Falls with rainbows was also pretty darn special. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.85 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,980′ – 7,221′ Date: November 4, 2016 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No, dogs not allowed in ...

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Hiking from Nelder Grove to Kelty Meadow

We headed up to Nelder Grove to check out those fall dogwoods and we discovered surprises along our adventure to Kelty Meadow. Distance: 8.44 miles (but you can go more or less if you want to) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Elevation Range: 5,275′ – 6,115′ Date: October 26, 2015 Topographic Quad Map: Falls Ridge Topographic Quad Dog Hike? Absolutely!! It ...

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