Smith Lake :: Quincy, CADuring summer all that stands between Smith Lake and a horde of admirers is the slight effort necessary to hike an easy 1 mile trail. As a result, the picturesque lake has become a very popular destination for hikers, backpackers, anglers and sightse

Tahoe Meadows :: Crystal Bay, CATahoe Meadows is a popular winter playground for residents of the Reno Sparks area. A weekend of clear skies and fresh powder attracts hundreds of winter enthusiasts to the wide open terrain and gentle slopes. In recent years the Forest Service has

Hot Springs Mountain :: Warner Springs, CASome of the loftiest and loneliest mountain country in San Diego County lies on the 25,000 acre Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. You won't find any casino here, but you will discover San Diego County's obscure high point, Hot Springs Mountain. At elev

Gold Run Waterfalls :: Colfax, CAHow Gold Run earned its name is fairly obvious. In fact, the town earned an official State Landmark designation (405) for its highly efficient hydraulic mines. Between 1865 and 1878, Gold Run's mines shipped a whopping $6,125,000 in gold. While this

Agnew Meadows to Devils Postpile (Backpacking) :: Mammoth Lakes, CAThis trip represents the best and the worst of the High Sierra. The best entails picturesque alpine lakes, such as Thousand Island, Garnet, Minaret, and Ediza, and spectacular mountain scenery from the Ritter Range, which includes such notable summit

Ellis Peak Ellis Lake Trail :: Homewood, CAThis trip starts with a brutal, half mile climb, but the remainder is a pleasant hike through alternating groves of serene forest and open stretches of view packed ridgeline, which ultimately leads to the shores of a beautiful lake and the apex of a

Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail :: Drakesbad, CAThree picturesque lakes accessed by a trail less than 2 miles long would normally be a recipe for severe overuse. Although a camping ban has long been in place due to their proximity to the main park road, this trio of lakes sees far fewer visitors t

Palms to Pines Scenic Drive: Banning to Palm Desert :: Idyllwild, CAA sixty six mile long, two lane highway that climbs from Banning over the scenic San Jacinto Mountains and down into Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley. The Palms to Pines Highway, following California highways 243 and 74, is exactly that a sinuous

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Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail :: Poway, CAThe 700 acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve near Poway protects one of the finer examples of riparian (streamside) vegetation in Southern California. As one of the most popular of the 119 California Department of Fish and Game wildlife reserves in the s

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Celebrate the Return of the Aleutian Canada Goose: Crescent City :: Crescent City, CACrescent City celebrates the recovery of the Aleutian Canada goose population, which expanded from near extinction to more than 50,000 strong, at a five day wildlife festival. The geese arrive in the area to refuel before flying nonstop over 2,000 mi

Five Lakes Trail :: Tahoe City, CAAlthough the climb to Five Lakes basin is fairly stiff, the shores of the five lakes on the forested flat require only an hour's worth of hiking to reach, leaving plenty of time to fish, swim, or simply relax. The only drawback is the area's populari

Cluster and Twin Lakes Loop Trail :: Drakesbad, CAThis nearly 11 mile loop trip samples a number of what are considered to be some of the park's best lakes Little Bear, Big Bear, Silver, Feather, Lower Twin, Upper Twin, and Echo. Strong hikers can complete the loop as a dayhike, but backpackers will

Tuolumne River La Grange to Roberts Ferry :: Waterford, CAThe object of epic river conservation struggles, the remnant flows of the Tuolumne River twist through the gold dredge tailings near historic La Grange. The 148 mile Tuolumne River originates at the 12,000 foot Sierra Crest in Yosemite National Park.

Kitching Peak Trail :: Banning, CANOTE: This trail is subject to periodic closures, so be sure to contact the Ranger Station as listed in the Trail Guide for more information. Kitching Peak is a half day jaunt to the isolated farthest reaches of the San Bernardino Mountains and the f

Blue Sky Preserve :: Poway, CAThe 700 acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve near Poway protects one of the finer examples of riparian vegetation in Southern California. An important site for nature education and habitat preservation, Blue Sky is one of the most popular of the 119 Cali

Lost Palms Oasis Trail :: Indio, CALost Palms Oasis Trail passes through a cactus garden, crosses a number of desert washes, and takes you to the two southern oases in the National Park: Cottonwood and Lost Palms. Largely manmade, Cottonwood Spring Oasis was once a popular overnight s

Bolinas Lagoon Duxbury Reef :: Bolinas, CAA bird watcher's dream, this shallow, salt marsh lagoon at the wild southern edge of Point Reyes National Seashore is simple to paddle at high tide, when much of its 2 mile length is accessible. At Men Canada Goose Ontario Parka Navy Outlet Ireland low tide, however, the extensive mudflats that hungr