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Escape to Death Valley: Ubehebe Mine

Imagine a copper strike in the middle of nowhere, so huge that it warranted building a railroad 60 miles long to it to haul all of the bounty out. It could even be the Lost Spanish Mine! With other people’s money, imagine what could be accomplished! Where: Death Valley National Park Date: February 28, 2018 We visited many places on ...

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Hiking Through Dogwood Blooms at Mirror Lake

Our plan was to take a blooming Dogwood adventure in Yosemite Valley. First stop were the Half Dome Village dogwoods, then the Mirror Lake Loop dogwoods and the finale was the pink dogwood near the employee housing but we also had a few surprises along the way with a trail issue and some romantic critters. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: ...

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Hiking to Striped Rock with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Wildflowers were celebrating Earth Day at the Striped Rock Conservation Preserve, one of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy’s special areas that you can only visit with one of their docents. Where: Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Striped Rock Conservation Preserve Distance: 4.49 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,720′ – 2,160′ Date: April 22, 2018 Maps: Ben Hur Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No I ...

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Hiking with Amphibians and Reptiles on the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve

Frogs were singing and turtles were basking on logs at the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve where I learned how to identify some of our local amphibians and reptiles with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Where: Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Stockton Creek Nature Preserve Distance: 2.21 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 2,250′ – 2.406′ Date: April 15, 2018 Maps: Ben Hur, Buckingham Mountain ...

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Escape to Death Valley: The Racetrack

I had heard of the Racetrack at Death Valley and its mysterious moving rocks, but the stories that I had heard of the washboard road and that 3 1/2 hour drive had not put this adventure on my list until now. We rented a jeep for the day and took it where I didn’t want to take my personal vehicle. ...

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Yosemite Valley’s Waterfalls are Looking Good

If you want to see Yosemite Valley’s big waterfalls, now is a great time to go. Yosemite Valley is open and those waterfalls are putting on their best show right now. What is the best way to view the waterfalls? In person, of course. I took a little drive today to check out them out. Yosemite Falls is impressive, dropping ...

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Hiking from Savage’s Trading Post up the Hite Cove Trail

Wildflowers are putting on a show in the Hite Cove area right now. Redbuds were in their prime and the poppies were looking mighty pretty, along with all other kinds and colors of flowers. And those Sierra Newts were out and about. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 9.24 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 1,400′ – 1,694′ Date: April ...

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Not Snowshoeing Tamarack Ridge SNO-PARK Area

We did not snowshoe Tamarack Ridge but we carried our snowshoes all day thinking that we would. We headed up above Shaver Lake to find well packed snow and once we left the main trails, that snow was pristine and untouched by people. Where: Tamarack Ridge SNO-PARK, Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.82 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,354′ to 7,800′ ...

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Snowshoeing at the Coyote SNO-PARK Area

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You never really know how long March snow will stick around. I did know that snow was up in our local mountains, plenty of it to snowshoe on, so we packed up our ride with 5 hikers, our snowshoes and headed for the SNO-PARK areas above Shaver Lake. Where: Coyote SNO-PARK, Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.89 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: ...

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Snowshoeing to Dewey Point

Bright blue skies with white puffy clouds and plenty of snow to enjoy made it the right time to check out the trail and views from Dewey Point. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.41 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,331′ to 7,569′ Date: March 12, 2018 Map: El Capitan Topographic Map Dog Hike: No Even though snow was late arriving ...

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