Contact Mine in Joshua Tree National Park: Contact Mine was in operation at the start of the 20th century, extracting gold and silver from the mountains south of Twentynine Palms, California. A hundred years of desert decay have left the mine rusty but recognizable. The old road to the mine is worn down and eroded, now a little-used trail that provides access to hikers. This 3.95-mile round trip trek ascends 710 feet up a wash, a canyon, and an old road to a mountainside mine site that offers a glimpse into the mining history of Joshua Tree National Park.
Contact Mine was in operation at the start of the 20th century, extracting gold and silver from the mountains south of Twentynine Palms, California. A hundred years of desert decay have left the mine rusty but recognizable. The old road to the mine is worn down and eroded, now just a little-used hiking trail. This 3.95-mile round trip trek ascends 700 feet up a wash, a canyon, and an old... Read more.
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Tagged with · Desert Canyons · Mines · National Parks · Off Trail
Distance: 3.95 miles · Elevation change: 700 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 16, 2020
Mount Pickering Sierra Nevada Mountains Sequoia National Park Inyo National Forest hike trail climb scramble sierras nevadas California high sierras 13er
Mount Pickering rises to 13,485 feet and offers fine views over the Sierra. While not tall enough to be called a 14er, this 13er offers great views of two of those exclusive peaks, Mount Whitney and Mount Langley, as well as several other high peaks. This remote mountain is located west of the Sierra Crest in the Whitney Region of Sequoia National Park. The backpackers trek to the summit... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail · Summits
Distance: 30 miles · Elevation change: 3500 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 19, 2018
Primrose Lake Trail Sequoia National Park backcountry hike
If you are hiking to Sky Blue Lake in the high mountain backcountry of Sequoia National Park, There are nearby lakes worth visiting. Primrose Lake, is located just off the side of Miter Basin and is a scenic destination. To get to Primrose Lake, follow Upper Rock Creek to Miter Basin. Pass the Major General on the right and turn left up the last cirque before the ridge that separates Primrose... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Free Trails · Lakes · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail
Distance: 28 miles · Elevation change: 2350 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 3, 2017
Sky Blue Lake Trail Sequoia National Park Sierra Nevada Mountains California
A remote and picturesque basin on the west side of Sequoia National Park rises to a large lake with waters so deep and blue you will think you are staring up at the heavens. The trek up Miter Basin begins at Rock Creek Meadow, nine miles from the nearest trailhead. Those making the hike typically stay overnight in the area, and nearby Lower Soldier Lake offers great camping for... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Creeks · Lakes · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail · Pacific Crest Trail · Waterfalls
Distance: 26 miles · Elevation change: 2350 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 3, 2017
Cirque Peak Trail Sierra Nevada Mountains Summit Hike California Cottonwood Lakes Inyo National Forest Golden Trout Wilderness John Muir Wilderness
Cirque Peak can be reached from either Cottonwood Pass Trail or Cottonwood Lakes Trail. The mountain rises between the two, straddling the divide of the Golden Trout and John Muir Wildernesses. The summit boasts an excellent panorama with a good look at Mount Langley to the north, the Cottonwood Lakes to the east, and the sprawling Sierra to the west. By far the easiest approach to Cirque... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Free Trails · Golden Trout Wilderness · John Muir Wilderness · Lone Pine · Off Trail · Summits
Distance: 19 miles · Elevation change: 2900 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 21, 2017
Mount Langley 14er Sierra Nevada High Peaks Hike Sequoia National Park backcountry backpacking summit Mount Langley Mt. Langley summit hike Mt Langley
Rising to 14,042 feet, Mount Langley is less than five hundred feet shorter than Mount Whitney but receives far fewer visitors. While the lottery to get a permit for Mount Whitney can be challenging and competitive, Mount Langley's hikers can easily get a free permit on the day of their hike. The summit provides expansive views, solitude, and a deep feeling of accomplishment. At least... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Free Trails · John Muir Wilderness · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail · Summits
Distance: 22 miles · Elevation change: 4000 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 2, 2021
Sidewinder Canyon hike Death Valley National Park hiking trail
Sidewinder Canyon is located at the base of the Black Mountains on the east side of Death Valley National Park south of Badwater Basin. The canyon is fairly wide with a gravel bottom and forty-foot stone walls on both side. Within these walls lie tight slot canyons with pour-overs, carve outs, and dark passages that beg to be explored. There are three slot canyons off the south wall of the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Desert Canyons · National Parks · Off Trail
Distance: 7 miles · Elevation change: 750 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 7, 2017
Silver Peak Trail Hike Mojave National Preserve California
This 8.5-mile hike ascends 2,500 feet to summit a 6,365-foot peak in the small range of mountains in the southwestern corner of Mojave National Preserve. Silver Peak looks out across the Granite Mountains toward the Kelso Dunes, Cima Dome, and the peaks of the Providence Range - a worthy view of Mojave National Preserve to be sure. Nearby Granite Peak is the tallest mountain in the range... Read more.
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Tagged with · Closed · Free Trails · Off Trail · Summits
Distance: 8.5 miles · Elevation change: 2500 feet
By: Published: Last updated: February 19, 2020
Calabasas Peak hike Calabasas Peak Motorway Trail Santa Monica Mountains Trail
Calabasas Peak offers panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Red Rock Canyon Park, and a sliver of the Pacific Ocean. To the north, the peak looks down on the city of Calabasas and a wide stretch of the San Fernando Valley. The 3.6-mile round trip hike to Calabasas Peak travels an easy-to-follow fire road. There is 900 feet of elevation gain along the way, but that effort is rewarded... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 7, 2018
Rose Valley Falls Trail Los Padres National Forest Waterfall Hike Ojai Rose Valley Campground
Rose Valley Falls is a magnificent two-tier 300-foot waterfall located on the west end of the Topatopa Mountains in Los Padres National Forest. Rose Valley Falls is the tallest waterfall in the range and while it is an easy hike to the base of the 100-foot tall lower tier of the waterfall (0.8 miles round trip with 150 feet of elevation gain), it is adventure to reach the more impressive... Read more.
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Tagged with · Adventure Pass · Los Padres National Forest · Off Trail · Ojai · Topatopa Mountains · Waterfalls
Distance: 0.8 miles · Elevation change: 150 feet
By: Published: Last updated: March 13, 2019

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