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8 Day Hiking Trip to Arches and Canyonlands National Park

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June 7, 2022 by Olya Andronova

When I think of Arches and Canyonlands National Park, what is the first thing that comes to my mind? Sandstone arches? Rugged scenery? Dramatic canyons?  Yes.  Arches and Canyonlands National Park has a lot of that and much more.  Both parks are worth a visit! I spent a good amount of time exploring both of …

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Fire Maze

Surviving a Fire Maze Hike In The Valley of Fire

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June 1, 2022 by Olya Andronova

I survived a 100 degree Fahrenheit hike in Valley of Fire.  Fire Maze Trail is only three miles long, but hiking this trail took every sweat out of me. Park Rangers recommend, you don’t hike this trail if the temperatures rise above 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  They also close the Fire Maze Trail in June through …

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Monkey Rock in Winter

Snowshoe Hike to Monkey Rock

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December 14, 2021 by Olya Andronova

We have received over 2 feet of snow in Lake Tahoe area.  One of my favorite things, I love to do every winter in Lake Tahoe is to take a hike to Monkey Rock.  Monkey Rock Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back located near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada that features a lake and …

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McGee Lake via McGee Creek Trail

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September 14, 2021 by Olya Andronova

This past Memorial Day weekend, I did a quick trip to Mammoth Lakes, Ca.  While in Mammoth, I did a 14 mile day hike to McGee Lake via McGee Trail in John Muir Wilderness.  I started my hike around 6a.m. and finished it before 2:30p.m.   McGee Creek Trail offers stunning views of surrounding mountains, nearby …

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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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Mt. Rose Peak

Backpacking in Mt. Rose Wilderness

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June 27, 2021 by Olya Andronova

This past weekend, I did a backpacking trip to Mt. Rose Wilderness.  I camped on top of the summit with some of the rewarding views I could ever dreamed of.  For a one night backpacking trip, I did not take a lot.  Just my favorite Montbell sleeping bag, sleeping pad, my tent and few granola …

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Trail Camp, Mt. Whitney Trail

My trip to Trail Camp via Mt. Whitney Trail

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May 7, 2021 by Olya Andronova

I had a hard day yesterday on Mt. Whitney Trail hiking from Whitney Portal. With with all the snow in the Sierras and getting an altitude sickness later in the day, I avoided climbing to the top of Whitney the next morning.  Experienced  small abrasions and minor bleeding on my right hand after falling and …

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Peter Grubb Ski Hut

Snowshoe Day Hike to Peter Grubb Ski Hut

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March 30, 2021 by Olya Andronova

Snowshoeing to Peter Grubb Ski Hut has been on my bucket list for the longest period of time. Today, I made it happen! I hiked my way in snow and approaching storms to get to the hut. I made my way to the Peter Grubbs Hut.  Peter Grubb Hut is located below Castle Peak in …

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