Exploring Coast Redwoods in Northern California

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September 6, 2021 by Olya Andronova

This Labor Day weekend, I took a trip to Redwoods National and State Parks. After driving 462 miles from Lake Tahoe to the coast of Northern California, I was thrilled to hit the trails and immerse myself in nature.  After visiting a couple of groves, coastal redwoods almost seem to be immortal. Their eight to …

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Day Hikes in Zion National Park

Zion NP: Top Day Hikes to Explore

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July 30, 2021 by Olya Andronova

Did you know about 200 million years ago Zion was a barren desert? Yes. Barren desert, buried deep in dunes of wind blown sand that resembles the modern-day Sahara. These great dune fields later solidified into stone to form the Navajo sandstone formation. This formation is more than 2,000 feet thick in places, and it …

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Castle Peak Snowshoe Hike

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January 1, 2021 by Olya Andronova

Snowshoe Hike to Castle Peak is an incredible experience! With winter here, the trail to Castle Peak is excellent for snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Today, I got to see great views of mountain peaks to the south and east. Castle Peak itself is a dramatic volcanic summit, covered with ice and snow in the …

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Royal Gorge Overlook

Cross-Country Ski Trek to Point Mariah

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December 21, 2020 by Olya Andronova

Super fun day today cross country skiing at Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort.  I have always wanted to do a cross-country trip at Royal Gorge Ski Resort. Today, I made it happen!

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Top Yosemite Waterfalls Day Hikes

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July 30, 2020 by Olya Andronova

There are over 2,000 waterfalls to explore in Yosemite! Spring is my favorite season to check them out. In the spring, Yosemite’s waterfalls are truly at their best! Spring provides fair weather, fewer crowds, and for me personally, it is the best time to hit the trails.

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Top Day Hikes Along Tioga Pass Road

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July 30, 2020 by Olya Andronova

Day hikes and overnight trips along Tioga Pass are abundant with a scenic reward of its own. Trips available from the stretch of the Tioga Road range from relatively level forested hikes to Yosemite Valley’s north rim to trails plummeting deep into Yosemite’s northernmost canyons.

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Burro Pass. Sierra Nevada.

Matterhorn Canyon Loop: Yosemite hiking without the crowds

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July 20, 2020 by Olya Andronova

Matterhorn Canyon Loop is one of the best trips I took in the Sierras! The glaciated granite of northern Yosemite National Park is rich in all its glory and all the features that Sierras offer make backpacking an addictive experience! Matterhorn Canyon is located in Hoover Wilderness and Northern Yosemite. The 50-mile loop traverses through …

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Winter Day Hikes in Yosemite

Dewey Point Snowshoe Hike

In: Trail Notes
December 27, 2019 by Olya Andronova

Snowshoeing to Dewey Point in Yosemite National Park is a great way to explore the wonders and beauty of the park during a time of year when there are far fewer crowds. It is a magical experience not to mention an addicting one. The first time I made my hike to Dewey Point in Yosemite, …

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Wanda Lake - Sequoia Kings Canyon Wilderness

PCT: Sierra Nevada

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September 25, 2019 by Olya Andronova

 After logging 500 miles of PCT in the Sierra Nevada, here is my take on the trail.  Without a doubt, it is one of the most strenuous, hike I have ever done in the Sierra Nevada.  Hiking via Sierra Nevada, the trail often left me physically exhausted, fatigued, hydrated and  a lot of the times mentally pushed.  Is hiking the trail solo can be dangerous?  Yes.  Preparation, physical conditioning, proper hydration are key to a successful trip. Here are common questions to hiking the PCT in the Sierra Nevada. 

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