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Pacific Crest Trail record-setting vegan hiker

Josh Garrett is about to finish hiking the Pacific Crest Trail either tomorrow or Thursday in 59 days, which would best the previous record by about five days. Josh is a vegan who has been doing the hike as a fundraiser to support a nonprofit that advocates against animal cruelty. [...]

By | August 6th, 2013|0 Comments

A 265-foot-high waterfall worth seeing

Recently, I checked out Wallace Falls, a series of nine waterfalls near Seattle.

By | June 21st, 2013|0 Comments

Fundraiser that includes a Taylor Mountain hike

From Sonoma County Regional Parks:   "Pasta & Parks Fundraiser Supports Regional Parks June 13, 2013 – Santa Rosa, CA – The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation will host “Pasta and Parks before The Big Q,” a fundraiser to support Sonoma County Regional Parks, on Friday, July 12 from 5 [...]

By | June 14th, 2013|0 Comments

Windy as ever at Bodega Head

[imagebrowser id=83] It was 95 degrees last weekend at home so a coastal trip seemed like a good idea. With not a lot of time but a desire to be cool and see the open water, I went to Bodega Head. Hadn't been there in years and figured it would [...]

By | June 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Taylor Mountain, aka Sonoma County’s newest park, is open

[imagebrowser id=29] So Taylor Mountain Regional Park has been open for all of three months. It came into public ownership quite a while earlier but it has taken some time and money to develop some trails, a parking area, and the other minimal trappings of a public-access county park. The [...]

By | May 31st, 2013|2 Comments

Hike, bike and eat

Not really a hiking thing, but a worthy outdoors/parks program to share (and one that I personally partake in several times during the summer):   From Sonoma County Regional Parks: "Local food trucks, those mobile vendors of delicious street food, return to Santa Rosa's Spring Lake Regional Park on Tuesday, [...]

By | May 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Two ways to explore Pepperwood Preserve

Sharing news about two upcoming hiking events at Pepperwood Preserve, the 3,120-acre nature preserve just northeast of Santa Rosa. It's home to literally hundreds of plant and animal species and is worth exploring. From the Pepperwood folks: June 1 (9am to 3pm) $25 – Newcomers: Exploring Pepperwood’s Homestead [...]

By | May 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Arch Rock at Point Reyes

[imagebrowser id=47] Here comes the annual spate of trips to Point Reyes and elsewhere along the coast, following the plan of finding good hikes that are don't leave me dripping with sweat. I'll be back in my usual haunts and the challenging peaks of Mount Diablo and Calistoga in the [...]

By | May 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Woods to waves, to aid hospital camp stays for kids

I see a lot of charity runs and bike rides but not a lot of charity hikes, so here's one. Plus, since I just did a Woods-to-Waves hike last weekend, I like the scope of this one. It's a trek from St. Dorothy's Rest, an Episcopal camp and retreat center [...]

By | May 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Willow Creek to Pomo Canyon to Shell Beach

[imagebrowser id=82] After approximately 200 hikes in the past four years, I get very excited at the prospect of a new one, especially one right here in Sonoma County. Sometimes a new hike can be a combination of some well-known hikes stitched together a different way, or can include a [...]

By | April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Spring Hike and Picnic at Buckeye Knob, Sonoma Mountain

News from the Sonoma Ecology Center: "The public is invited to attend a Spring Hike and Picnic at Buckeye Knob, located near the top of Sonoma Mountain, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Buckeye Knob (also known as the Eliot property) is a [...]

By | April 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Earth Day hikes and more

Plenty of chances to hike on this 'Earth Day' weekend (the day is technically Monday, April 22, but that may not be an ideal outdoors day for your schedule): - Pepperwood Preserve, Sunday, April 21.  Guided and self-guided hikes. All-day festival (9 am to 4 pm.) In their words: "Take [...]

By | April 15th, 2013|1 Comment