This Is Halloween! Hiking to Pumpkin Rock

High in the hills of Norco overlooking the Jurupa Valley and the 15-freeway lives the iconic Pumpkin Rock. This hike is a seasonal favorite for locals, and it’s the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit! I recently went on this hike and wrote a piece on it for Weekend Sherpa, so I won’t…

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Hiking Acadia’s Precipice Trail

For all my fellow adventurous souls out there, this one is for you. If you’re like me and seek out the most brag-worthy trails in all of the national parks, look no further. In Acadia National Park, it’s the Precipice Trail. In fact, this hike is actually classified as a non-technical climb. Why? Because you…

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Kings Canyon: Hiking in Grant Grove

So as I mentioned in my Scenic Drive Through Kings Canyon post, the park is split into two sections, with a big stretch of national forest dividing them. Grant Grove is the considerably smaller of the two, and also the more easily accessible and more frequented. But don’t let its smaller size fool you; some…

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A Scenic Drive Through Kings Canyon

I’m ashamed to admit that this was my first visit to Kings Canyon. I’ve lived in southern CA for 30 years (aka my whole life), just a few short hours from this extremely underrated national park. I mean, it doesn’t even get it’s own website or merch, being lumped together with Sequoia National Park. Ok,…

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Hiking in The Badlands

For being such an awesomely cool national park, Badlands actually doesn’t have a ton of hiking options. With three full days in the park you could easily hike every trail, as well as cruise the scenic drive. However, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend hiking all of them… Pressed for time? My top pick is to do…

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A Test of Endurance: Backpacking to Sykes Hot Springs

“I need to figure out someplace to go this month over a long weekend. Any ideas?” I should know better by now than to ask my sister questions like this. Of course she has ideas. And they usually involve water. That girl is obsessed with waterfalls and natural hot springs. She suggested we try backpacking…

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A Trip to Mount Rushmore

Throughout the US, there are a few sights I would say every American needs to visit during their lifetime. I would also recommend these same sights to anyone visiting from another country who really wanted to experience ‘Merica. Obviously there is the Statue of Liberty, but also towards the top of that list is Mount…

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Hiking in Capitol Reef: Moderate and Strenuous Trails!

Obviously the main goals of hiking are to see beautiful sites, be out in nature, and get away from civilization for a bit. But sometimes it is also fun to push your body to the limit and really get your heart pumping. And that is where the moderate and strenuous trails come into play! Most…

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Hiking in Capitol Reef: Easy Trails!

I absolutely adore short, easy hiking trails. I feel like they offer more bang for your buck, as you can pack a ton of them into one day and see a bunch of diverse scenery. Definitely a good way to go if you don’t have much time to spend in the park! These trails are…

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Capitol Reef: A Park Full of History

Most national parks are known for their natural beauty. And while Capitol Reef National Park has plenty of that to be sure, it also has a great deal of history associated with it. Since ancient times, groups of hunter-gatherers lived throughout the area, and around 500 CE, the Fremont society settled in what is now…

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