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  1. Rooms with a View: 5 Northern California Fire Lookout Hikes

    Plan your next hike in Northern California to a fire lookout for guaranteed views.

  2. The 10 Best Places to Camp for Free in Northern California

    It’s hard to think of a more satisfying way to spend a beautiful weekend than camping on one of Northern California’s spectacular array of public lands—except, perhaps, camping there for free.

  3. 12 Best Waterfall Hikes in Northern California

    From the highest waterfall in California, to hidden cascades deep within the forest, here's a rundown of some of the best waterfall hikes in Northern California.

  4. Visit Lake Tahoe in Fall: Best Hikes to Soak Up the Colors

    Winter at Tahoe's ski resorts may steal the seasonal spotlight, but visiting Lake Tahoe in fall means hiking amidst a riot of color. Here, a few of our favorites.

  5. 4 of the Best Towns for Bike Lovers to Visit Now

    We're loving all the new bike facilities and bike share programs popping up across the country. Here we share a few worth visiting now.

  6. Beyond the Valley: 5 Great Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park

    Escape the crowds of the valley while exploring some lesser-known trails on these great day hikes in Yosemite National Park.

  7. Northern California Swimming Holes: 6 Spots to Beat the Heat

    These great Northern California swimming holes—coastal lakes, rocky pools, and riverside beaches—promise a refreshing summer dip.

  8. Lake Tahoe Peak Bagging: 4 Must-Do Summits

    The alpine lake is great, but Lake Tahoe peak bagging is popular among adventurers, too. Here, 4 must-summit mountains.

  9. Northern California Swimming Holes: 6 Spots to Beat the Heat

    These great Northern California swimming holes—coastal lakes, rocky pools, and riverside beaches—promise a refreshing summer dip.

  10. Fire on the California Coast: Big Sur Up in Flames

    Due to an illegal campfire, roughly 90,000 acres of forest have burned along the Big Sur coast.

  11. Star Struck: Best Places for Stargazing in Lake Tahoe

    Adventure around the alpine lake doesn't have to end when the sun goes down. Here, the best spots for stargazing in Lake Tahoe.

  12. Shylie's Last Hurrah: Backpacking in the Desolation Wilderness for an Old Dog

    The story of Shylie, an old wolf-like mutt, who taught her human a thing or two about what life is all about while exploring California's Desolation Wilderness.

  13. Lost and Found: Backpacking California's Lost Coast Trail

    Home to remote beaches, golden hills, steep bluffs, and black bears, this is the story of three friends who discovered unexpected wilderness along California's Lost Coast.

  14. Hopper's Hands: The Inspiring Story Behind SF's Beloved Running Tradition

    Touching the Hopper's Hands sigh underneath the Golden Gate Bridge is one of SF’s most popular running traditions. Here's the fascinating story behind it.

  15. How to Kayak Lake Tahoe: Insider Tips on Paddling the Alpine Lake

    From where to pitch a tent to how to break up your trip, these insider tips will help you kayak Lake Tahoe and its 75-mile shoreline.

  16. An Outdoorsy Guide to Sonoma County: Hiking, Biking, and Vino

    From sublime coast hikes to beautiful rides through wine country, this outdoorsy guide to Sonoma County will have you exploring the best of this beautiful terrain.

  17. A (Rest) Day in the Life of a PCT Hiker

    From laundry to doctor’s visits to sharing gear, here’s an inside look into what happens on an off day for a PCT hiker.

  18. Bay Area Bike Touring: Insider Tips for Two-Wheeled Trips

    Bike touring is exploding among adventure circles. Here, insider tips on how to do to Bay Area bike touring right. Get ready to roll.

  19. The Remarkable Tale of Norma Jean Bowers

    A conversation with Lake Tahoe's Norma Jean Bowers, who made the first documented solo female summit of North America's highest peak.

  20. Where to Go for Last-Minute Backpacking Trips in NorCal

    Camping reservations are famously hard to get in the Bay Area, but last-minute camping trips in NorCal are still possible. Here's how.

  21. A Guide to Post-Adventure Pints and Eats in South Lake Tahoe

    A burgeoning food and drink scene in South Lake Tahoe means great new options to raise a pint post-hike, run, or ride. Where's where to go.

  22. Hike the Tahoe Rim Trail: Insider Tips on Planning a Trip

    Ready to plan your own alpine lake adventure? Check out these insider tips on how to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail.

  23. Santa Cruz Weekend Guide: Hiking, Biking, and Coastal Adventures

    This California surfing mecca has plenty of appeal beyond the waves. Our Santa Cruz weekend guide will provide inspiration for your getaway.

  24. Insider’s Guide to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park

    Explore the ancient trees and magical mountains in this incredible region. This is a premier destination for hiking and camping!

  25. Insider's Guide to Pinnacles National Park

    Rock castles that reach into the sky are the beacons of adventure at Pinnacles National Park. Hike, climb, and camp in this amazing park.