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Hiking from Redinger Lake along the North Side of the San Joaquin River across from Stevenson Falls

Wildflowers and snow, all in the same hike! Who would have guessed? We had heard that a few early wildflowers were blooming above Redinger Lake so we headed on up to check them out and got a good workout in as a bonus. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 10.03 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,404′ to 3,521′ Date: February 21, ...

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Exploring Bass Lake Historical Graves

I joined the Sierra Hiking Seniors on an adventure to hike below Bass Lake and visit the old bunker-type graves of four men. We also got a bit of exercise in and had a few surprises along the trail. Where: Sierra National Forest, Pacific Gas & Electric Distance: 5.09 miles (but you can go more or less if you want ...

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Hiking From Soquel Meadow to Fresno Dome

Sure, you can pretty much drive up to the Fresno Dome Trailhead but we parked at Soquel Meadow to check out the old barn and get a good workout, walking up the snow covered road. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 14.57 miles (but you can go more or less if you want to) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Elevation Range: 5,373′ ...

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Hiking from McKenzie Preserve to Sky Harbor

I had a unique opportunity to join the Sierra Hiking Seniors on a docent-led hike from the Sierra Foothill Conservancy led us from the McKenzie Preserve to Sky Harbor. You just never know what you will see on a hike and this one literally delivered newborn calves before our eyes! Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge ...

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Hiking to Little Nellie and Foresta Falls

It had been 27 years since I walked the area around Foresta, not since I was assigned as a Strike Team Leader on Structure Protection at Foresta and El Portal on the lightening caused A-Rock Fire that burned 17,700 acres and 45 structures back in 1990. I was way overdue to spend some leisurely time exploring the waterfalls, old barns, ...

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Hiking from Tunnel View to Dewey Point

We sure got in a good workout with the over 3,000′ elevational gain on this hike and saw Yosemite from some famous viewpoints along the way. Stanford Point, Crocker Point and Dewey Point delivered many ooohs and awes. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 10.40 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 4,384′ – 7,387 Date: January 12, 2018 Maps: El ...

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Skating Under The Stars At The Yosemite Ice Rink

YOSEMITE — Since 1928, visitors have enjoyed ice skating in Yosemite National Park. The tradition continues, and right now the Half Dome Village Ice Rink offers night skating under the stars. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Half Dome Village Ice Rink hours of operation were updated to reflect the following times: Monday through Friday the rink is open 1:30 – 7 ...

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Hiking in Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

If you don’t have time for a trip up to Yosemite or the USFS lands near us and still want to get out and enjoy nature, you sure don’t have to go far to get your fix in our own backyard at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park off of Hwy 49 adjacent to Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee. Although I walked ...

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Bald Eagle Tours At Millerton Lake

FRIANT — If you’ve ever wondered about the habits and habitat of the majestic Bald Eagle such as we can sometimes see locally, now is the time to take a closer look — with an expert along to guide you. Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, is now accepting reservations for the 33rd ...

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Hiking to Chilnualna Falls and a Smidge Beyond

We hadn’t received much rain or snow but I was still curious what the water flow was like over Chilnualna Falls and if ice would be creating artistic patterns along the creek. The only way to find out for sure was to head up there and check it out myself. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.44 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation ...

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