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The Butte Lake Area: Lassen Volcanic National Park

  Prospect Peak, Cinder Cone, Butte Lake, as well as trails leading to other lakes can all be accessed from the Butte Lake entrance. The campground is large but was mostly empty when we were there. Lassen National Forest is adjacent to the park and offers great camping that is accessible to most vehicles. Why is…

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8 Must-See Sites in Dinosaur National Monument

In 1915, the 80-acre Carnegie Quarry, excavated under Paleontologist Earl Douglass for the Carnegie Museum, was protected to create Dinosaur National Monument. Today, the monument covers 210,000 acres of gorgeous country. While the park is not protected as wilderness, it is managed as such until Congress acts on the recommendation to formally declare it as…

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Summit Lake to Cinder Cone: Lassen Volcanic National Park

If you have read our previous posts (Warner Valley, Confessions) about Lassen Volcanic National Park, then you know we are participating in the Reach Higher Trail Challenge. To learn more about the challenge, visit the NPS website. Our 3rd challenge was to visit a water source. Lassen Volcanic is home to 4 watersheds so the…

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EBRPD Challenge: Briones RP

For our second East Bay Regional Trails Challenge Hike, we headed to Briones Regional Park for a 12-mile (Ivan Dickson memorial) loop. There is little shade but LOTS of Poison Oak. Luckily, the hike is mostly on fire roads so the beautiful but troublesome plant is easily avoided. This hike follows the outer rims of…

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EBRPD Challenge: Contra Loma and Black Diamond Mines

If you live in the East Bay and have yet to register for the East Bay Regional Park District Trail Challenge, you can do so here. You can also purchase a membership for the Foundation. We look forward to utilizing the Annual Parking Pass, one of the many benefits of membership. Check out other benefits…

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Kayaking the Klamath River

Kayaking is a ton of fun, but for some reason we do not get out on the water as often as we would like. What better way to spend the 4th of July weekend than to combine our love of paddling and exploration on a 4 day river float. With the current drought our choices were…

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Trinity Alps Wilderness: Saving California and Relaxing

June 20, 2014 – Friday Itching to get into the backcountry we headed to the Trinity-Alps Wilderness in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. We had just made a left onto the unpaved Hobo Gulch Road when the course of our weekend drastically changed. In the next two hours, we managed to save the State of California, or…