15 Refreshing Creek Hikes in the Bay Area
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by Melissa Ozbek
2M ago
I just love exploring creeks in the Bay Area’s rainy season (roughly November through March). Finally, FINALLY, empty creek beds are filled with water and, for a limited time, we get to hike in water-filled forests. When I’m on a creek hike, everything calms down and tunes in to the shhh sounds of a rushing... Read more » The post 15 Refreshing Creek Hikes in the Bay Area appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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9 Wildlife-Watching Hikes in the Bay Area
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by Melissa Ozbek
6M ago
The Bay Area’s richly diverse habitats, from tidal mudflats to ocean edges, chaparral-covered hills to redwood streamsides, are home to an incredible variety of wildlife. And it is so fun to spot them on a hike! Peeking over mixed landscapes and waterways, we have the chance to see whales and sea lions along the coast, condors... Read more » The post 9 Wildlife-Watching Hikes in the Bay Area appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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13 Trails for Bay Area Fall Foliage
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by Melissa Ozbek
7M ago
There is beautiful fall foliage within the Bay Area. The trick of it is to think beyond forests and even trees to salt marshes (yes, salt marshes!), vineyards, and gardens. Pickleweeds in marshes turn a beautiful, vibrant red in fall, and you can find swaths of them along bayside trails. Grapevines light up Napa Valley... Read more » The post 13 Trails for Bay Area Fall Foliage appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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8 Bay Area Hikes for Out-of-Town Guests
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by Melissa Ozbek
9M ago
There are so many extraordinary features of the Bay Area—coast redwoods! national parks! geology! military history! Golden Gate Bridge vistas!—it can be hard to decide where to take your out-of-town guests.  No problem—we’ve got you covered! Here are eight hikes that showcase something special about the Bay Area, including four—FOUR!—national park sites with an optional... Read more » The post 8 Bay Area Hikes for Out-of-Town Guests appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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Best Santa Barbara Hikes
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by Cleo Egnal
10M ago
If you’re looking for wild mountain hikes with unparalleled sea views and plenty of water features, Santa Barbara is one of the best places to go. Santa Barbara is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, where you can see out to the Channel Islands and the historic city. Think of any... Read more » The post Best Santa Barbara Hikes appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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10 Mountainfilm Official Selections You Should Watch Right Now
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by Andrew James Shults
11M ago
Mountainfilm is one of the oldest and most well-regarded documentary film festivals in the United States. Calling Telluride, Colorado, home for 45 years, it highlights both shorts and features that focus on humanitarian issues, environmental crises, and adventure in the outdoors. This past Memorial Day weekend, I traveled to the Rocky Mountain state to experience... Read more » The post 10 Mountainfilm Official Selections You Should Watch Right Now appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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Best Multi-Day California Camping Hikes
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by Cleo Egnal
1y ago
Sometimes, an afternoon hike is just what you need to blow off some steam and regroup with nature. Other times, a few days out in the wilderness is the perfect reset. When you find yourself needing a solid weekend trip in the Golden State, check out these various hiking locations, based on California’s vastly varying... Read more » The post Best Multi-Day California Camping Hikes appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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6 Best Places To Visit In Joshua Tree
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by Cleo Egnal
1y ago
As winter slowly but surely turns to spring, it’s time to start planning those hikes that are perfect in cooler weather — and just a little rougher on those summer days. Joshua Tree is one of the most beautiful hiking spots in California, a famed rock climbing destination, and the closest National Park to Los... Read more » The post 6 Best Places To Visit In Joshua Tree appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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5 Underrated L.A. Hikes
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by Cleo Egnal
1y ago
Los Angeles is a hiking mecca, but you may not realize how many amazing trails there are in the city. Famous and trendy hiking sites like Runyon Canyon are often over recommended to newcomers, but trust me when I say there are plenty of other similar, if not better, hikes that are definitely worth checking... Read more » The post 5 Underrated L.A. Hikes appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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What To Bring With You On A Hike
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by Cleo Egnal
1y ago
Picture this: you’ve chosen your ideal hike, you know exactly how to get there and where to park, how long the hike will be, and the path you’ll be taking. You feel completely prepared … until you get on the trail, and realize you’re missing some things. Hiking preparation is not just about knowing the... Read more » The post What To Bring With You On A Hike appeared first on Modern Hiker ..read more
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