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From trail-tested camp recipes to lessons learned while hiking the John Muir Trail; if it happens on the trail, we talk about it on the blog. Check out the latest blog posts below.

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Best Oregon Beach Hikes Along the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor

To see some of Southern Oregon’s most stunning coastline all you have to do is drive the 12 ocean-hugging miles of Highway 101 between Brookings and Gold Beach. But to truly experience the breathtaking beauty of this rustic coastline you need to get out of your car and walk the coast. It might be a […]

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A list of dog-friendly hiking trails near San Francisco

Dog-friendly Hiking Trails Near San Francisco

These scenic dog-friendly hiking trails near San Francisco promise to be a big hit with your four-legged hiking companion. All of the trails on this list are within a 30-minute drive from San Francisco. The dog-friendly hikes range from easy jaunts to challenging workouts.

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Hiking through a waterfall on the John Muir Trail. Five lessons from hiking the John Muir Trail

Five Lessons from Hiking the John Muir Trail

Are you hitting the trail this summer? Here are five helpful lessons I learned from hiking the John Muir Trail that may help you plan your JMT hike. This article is in honor of those about to hike the 210 miles from Yosemite to Whitney (or vice versa) on the John Muir Trail! Congratulations! You […]

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Five romantic hikes in San Francisco

Five Romantic Hikes in San Francisco

Candle-lit dinners are nice, but I’ll take a romantic hike with my sweetie over dinner at a stuffy restaurant any day. These five romantic hikes in San Francisco are perfect for strolling hand in hand with your special someone and setting your hearts a fire. Living in the City by the Bay we are blessed […]

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Five things I wish I knew before backpacking the Three Sisters Wilderness

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Backpacking the Three Sisters Loop

In August 2019 we set out to hike the loop around three of Oregon’s prettiest peaks in the Cascade Range (South Sister, Middle Sister, and North Sister), collectively called the Three Sisters. The Three Sisters Loop is an epic 50-mile trek through Deschutes and Willamette National Forests that highlights central Oregon’s incredibly scenic and diverse […]

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Five Ways to Get Your Nature Fix This Winter

Hiking is more than a good source of exercise. Hiking the trails and being out in nature has been proven to improve your mood, reduce stress, increase your creativity, and build self-confidence. When I don’t get my regular nature fix, I often get moody and depressed. My hikes are a critical part of my mental […]

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Tips for hiking on trails in rattlesnake country

How to Avoid Rattlesnakes When Hiking

Summer is snake season! Just like humans, snakes want to soak up some rays and bask in the sun after a long winter. There have been a number of recent rattlesnake sightings in the East Bay hills and on the peninsula, that’s not a surprise since the entire state of California is prime snake territory. […]

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The best backpacking breakfasts from outdoor bloggers

Outdoor Bloggers Share Their Best Backpacking Breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true when backpacking. You need the right fuel to summit that mountain and carry you through the morning. The best backpacking breakfasts are tasty, lightweight, and easy to make. Searching for some tasty inspiration I reached out to five outdoor bloggers and asked […]

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Six Bay Area hiking challenges that make planning hikes easy

Six Bay Area Hiking Challenges that Make Planning Hikes Easy

These six San Francisco Bay Area hiking challenges make it easy for you to accomplish your hiking goals. If you’re anything like me, you start the year full of enthusiasm, ready to kick butt and slay some goals. But, by mid-January you’ve run out of steam because you haven’t been able to check anything off […]

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Seven tips for hiking with your dog

Tips for Hiking with Dogs

For many years, my regular hiking partner was Grizzly, a bulldog-boxer mix. Grizzly and I went everywhere together. We spent summer weekends filling our lungs with mountain air in Tahoe, and in the fall we sauntered among the changing Oak trees in the East Bay hills. Our adventures included exploring the Lost Coast and once […]

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24 hour itinerary for Joshua Tree National Park. Itinerary for hikers

Ultimate Hiking Guide: 24-hours in Joshua Tree National Park

Larger than the state of Rhode Island,  Joshua Tree National Park is an iconic park in California.If you’re a hiker planning a trip to Joshua Tree can be overwhelming. This  This family-friendly 24-hour Joshua Tree itinerary for hikers includes the best easy hikes in Joshua Tree National Park. You’ll start your adventure stargazing at your […]

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Vacation planning guide for visiting Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park

Visiting Lake O’Hara at Yoho National Park

If you have ever wanted to experience the Canadian Rockies up close, a trip to Lake O’Hara will be just the trip for you. Whether you’ve heard of it or not, the Lake O’Hara area is hard to get in, but highly coveted. The trails are uncrowded, because access to the trailheads and the lake […]

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Winter reading list for hikers.

Winter Reading List for Hikers

The short days and long nights of winter may make it difficult to get outside and explore. But, it is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and life a life of adventure through the stories of others. These books are on my reading list for this winter. There’s a large variety […]

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