A Local’s Guide to Hiking in Silicon Valley Part 1: The Easy Hikes

People travel to Silicon Valley and the Bay Area for work from all over the world. For many, the opportunity to visit California is a treat and people often look for activities to do outside of their business meetings. To that end, I often receive emails from outdoorsy-types requesting advice for spending their free time on the local trails. Instead of sending the same email responses over and over again, I thought it made a lot more sense just to publish something! Below you will find information about some of the easy hikes I regularly recommend to visitors. Coming soon: moderate and difficult hike recommendations for those with a bit more time.

Read more

Bishop Pass and Dusy Basin Backpack

Two weekends ago I got out on my fist backpack of 2014. Crazy! Our original plan was a simple trip from South Lake to Dusy Basin on Friday, where we would spend a day exploring before heading back out on Sunday. However, enough snow lingered on the pass that we decided to set up camp a bit short of our original goal and dayhike over it instead. I wouldn’t have wanted to post hole through the snow with my 40 lb pack.

It was a great trip with excellent fishing, jaw-dropping views, and great friends. If you’re interested in specific snow conditions over the pass on June 7, 2014, my photo album has a lot of detail. Following are some highlights of the weekend. All photos can be found here and the map with downloadable GPX is below.

Read more

Eastern Sierra Over Memorial Day: Thor’s First Camping Trip!

This year, we took a more laid back approach to our annual Memorial Day Trip in the Eastern Sierra. In past years we’ve bagged peaks and escaped snow storms, but this year we decided to take it easy. Why? Well, first of all, David was recovering from minor surgery and couldn’t lift or do any strenuous activity. But also? It was Mighty Thor‘s first camping trip! We didn’t want to overwhelm the guy, so we just tooled around the Eastern Sierra and let him have a lot of new experiences.

Read more

Burra Burra and Tie Down Peaks, Henry Coe State Park

I frequently hike in Henry Coe State Park and have written about it here a lot. With challenging trails it is a perfect training ground for getting ready for summer climbing trips, and there are many options to choose from. After all, it is the second largest state park in California (behind Anza Borrego).

Deep in the park is a rarely open entrance station known as Dowdy Ranch. I’ve never been to this entrance station, so since it is open right now I decided to head out and do a short hike. I’m recovering from a calf injury, so I decided I’d hike the short loop to Burra Burra peak.

Read more