Outdoor Blog

Stanford Rock Hike

The heavily forested Stanford Rock hike, located in Ward Canyon, is a rigorous 11 mile loop that rewards the hiker with stunning views of Lake Tahoe, Twin Peaks, Alpine Meadows and many other surrounding peaks. Trailhead The trailhead is located on Ward Creek Blvd. The trailhead has an obvious parking area in front of a … Continue reading »

The call of the Pacific Crest Trail

“Those two are thru-hikers,” said Billie, as she was giving us an overview of Drakesbad Guest Ranch at check-in. I listened with half an ear as I gazed at the lean and sinewy young couple scarfing down a big lunch of sandwiches, soup and salad, my mind whirring. After Billie finished our orientation, pointing out … Continue reading »

Backpacking Around Tahoe With Kids in Tow

“This is awesome!” seven year old Chase exclaimed excitedly. What got him so excited? Disneyland? Action figures? Trucks? No, he was building a dam in a shallow creek to catch the elusive fingerling trout slipping by. We were deep in the Granite Chief Wilderness on a multi-day backpacking trip and his face reflected pure joy … Continue reading »

Backpacking to Lovely Loch Leven Lakes

  “How much longer? Are we almost there?” The familiar refrain from our godchildren came, not in a car, but in the Sierra wilderness, as they shouldered heavy backpacks and bent toward the granite formations as we neared the summit, having gained 1,000 feet of elevation in about 2  miles. We struck out late on … Continue reading »

Barging in on Big Bear Lake

The San Bernardino mountains offer a multitude of recreational opportunities for the huge populace of the Los Angeles basin. A short drive up Hwy 330 transports you from dry, desert environs to a high alpine wonderland. Big Bear Lake, at 6,750 feet, is a popular place in winter, at the base of a small ski … Continue reading »