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Adventures with Candace

About Candace Gregory

Candace is sure enjoying her retirement life. Enjoying the outdoors, hiking Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Wilderness areas is one of her favorite things to do. Sometimes her chow hound Sally accompanies her on her adventures. But she finds that she can’t play every day. There are chores to do. Living in the foothills requires some hard work and ...

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Looped Hike Up to Vernal and Nevada Falls

They say that the Mist Trail’s steep granite stairway has over 600 steps but I wasn’t counting because Vernal Fall’s beauty fully captured my attention as I climbed them. Up the Mist Trail and down the John Muir Trail. In between, I could feel the power of 2 huge waterfalls, their spray on my face and the roar of a ...

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Hiking to Alder Creek Falls

A little early for wildflowers and plenty of down trees were across this historic trail but my hike was rewarded with a lovely waterfall, pretty views along the way and a good workout. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 12.12 MilesDifficulty: ModerateElevation Range: 4,037′ – 5,841′Elevation Gain: 2,252′Date: April 20, 2022CALTOPO: Alder Creek Falls HikeDog Hike? No I headed to Wawona through ...

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Hiking Along Hetch Hetchy to Tueeulala, Wapama and Rancheria Falls

A hike along beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir with three beautiful waterfalls is hard to beat. Throw in some beautiful wildflowers and a good workout to make it extra special! Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 11.81 Miles (About 5 miles rt to Wapama Falls)Difficulty: ModerateElevation Range: 3,682′ to 4,463′Elevation Gain: 2,797′Date: April 13, 2022Maps: CALTOPO: Hetch Hetchy to Wapama Falls and Rancheria FallsDog ...

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Hiking up to Chilnuala Falls

Waterfall season is upon us and Chilnualna Falls is a beautiful hike to check out its 5 tiers of waterfalls. A good workout if you decide to go to the top of the falls, but the lower part of the falls is a dandy if you don’t want to go as far. . . or climb over, around or under ...

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Yosemite Valley Waterfalls and Reflections

Early morning road trip to check out Yosemite’s waterfalls and their reflections. When I say early, I mean really early! Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: About 10 miles to drive my Yosemite Valley Loop, but you can also walk it or take the free shuttle to explore itDifficulty: EasyElevation Range: 3,888 to 4,129′Date: April 25, 2019 My friend Debbie was visiting ...

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Hiking Down the Skelton Creek Trail to the Blue Glory Mine

The historic Skelton Creek Trail shows up on maps in the 1850’s and walking down it was right up my alley. Tons of history in this area and I always learn something new when hiking with the Sierra Hiking Seniors, a friendly group of fellow hikers. Where: Sierra National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Private PropertyDistance: 4.62 MilesDifficulty: Easy to ...

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Hiking Hite’s Cove Trail With Wildflowers and Newts

Wildflower season has definitely arrived in the Merced River Canyon. And, it was a 15 newt day on the Hite’s Cove Trail! If you don’t feel like going the distance that I did on the Hite’s Cove Trail, the most concentrated area of poppies is within the first 1/2 mile or so. But that is also the most concentrated area ...

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Hiking Through Hersheimer Gap To Vernal Pools With the Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Kaleidoscopic splashes of yellow here, mounds of orange there and then a little later, oceans of purple, sometimes with some red to liven up the wildflower colors as I hiked up new trails with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. At the top of the Ruth McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve vernal pools were especially beautiful, ringed with white meadowfoam. Where: Sierra Foothill ...

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Hiking From Briceburg Down The Historic Merced River Trail

Wildflowers, miners, gold mines, an old railroad bed and a beautiful but deadly river all have roles in this week’s blog. Oh, and can’t forget about the geese!Where: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Merced River Recreation Management AreaDistance: 13.36 miles round trip but you can go shorter or longerDifficulty: EasyElevation Range: 1,001′ – 1,215′Elevation Total Ascent: 1,125′Date: March 7, 2022CALTOPO: ...

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