After making a trip over to the eastern slope of the Sierra last weekend, it’s clear there will be beautiful fall colors to enjoy for at least the next two weekends. It’s not one of the better years I’ve seen over there, but it’s not bad and it should be getting better over the next two weeks.
From opening weekend at the end of April through the end of October, the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River is an easy weekend camping destination. Andrea and I spent last weekend there celebrating a successful start to the new school year. Despite the drought, the river is still flowing and there are plenty of empty campsites.
Every year Yosemite is visited by as many as 4 million people from around the world. Out of that 4 million, however, only about 1% enter the 700,000 acre wilderness that makes up 94% of the park’s land area. Crisscrossed by more than 800 miles of trails, this wilderness area can provide a great deal of solitude – sometimes less than a mile away from the crowds.
Little-known and unforgettably beautiful, the South Warner Wilderness makes a great destination for backpacking and hiking. Located in the far northeastern corner of the state, the Warner Mountains stand on the edge of the Great Basin.
If you’re up for a workout, there are two waterfalls to enjoy – Maple Falls and Five Finger Falls. The waterfalls are best in the wet season, but even during our June 11th visit there was water dropping over the precipice of Maple Falls.
It’s not easy to give a blanket answer about where dogs are permitted, but in general they tend to be welcome in areas managed by the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Army Corps of Engineers, and local or regional parks or irrigation districts.
For many years, cyclists riding along Merced Falls Road looked up at Barrett Summit and thought “That would be a great place to ride mountain bikes.” Starting Saturday, that dream is going to become reality.
Located near the small Fresno County community of Auberry, the San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area’s most popular attraction is a bridge that spans the gorge, providing river views and a gateway for hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers to access the trails on the opposite side of the river.
Mendocino County is known for its scenic shoreline, quaint towns, Victorian bed and breakfast lodgings, and well-regarded wineries. With pristine beaches, rugged ocean bluffs, ancient redwoods, and peaceful streams, it’s also one of the best places in the state to enjoy a hike or a beach walk.
Scientists aren’t sure why giant sequoias are found in about 60 groves south of the Kings River and in only eight groves to the north with gaps of 50-60 between them. Three of these northern groves are located in Yosemite.
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