Hiking Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop in Yosemite National Park

One of the best distance-to-views ratio hikes in Yosemite is the Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop. For only 5 miles (and 1,100' of elevation gain) you can stand nearly as high as Half Dome and above El Capitan. Along the way you'll see narrow fissures with thousand foot drops, trees, creeks, boulders, and breathtaking … Continue reading Hiking Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite’s Mist / John Muir Trail Loop

Often hailed as the most popular trail in Yosemite National Park, the Mist Trail / John Muir Trail loop includes beautiful views of Happy Isles, Illilouette Falls and cascades, close encounters with both Vernal and Nevada Falls, the idyllic Emerald Pool and Silver Apron, a vertical look from the base of Liberty Cap, Merced River … Continue reading Yosemite’s Mist / John Muir Trail Loop

Hiking the Blue Ridge 20 Mile Loop

This is a fairly unknown loop trail near Cache Creek, CA. It was my longest day hike to date at 20+ miles and 4,400'-5,100' elevation gain (depending on whether you believe All Trails or the GPS). It begins at the bottom of one ridge, goes up and over the top, down into the valley, then … Continue reading Hiking the Blue Ridge 20 Mile Loop