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Trail Guide: Picnic Rock Hike in Lake Tahoe | Beautiful views!

This is a short-and-sweet trail with a little bit of elevation gain but so much payoff. The Picnic Rock Hike is easily done in the summer and, with the right equipment, winter, too! Here’s everything you need to know before you hike. Picnic Rock Hike Key Information Trailhead: Brockway Summit Tahoe Rim Trail Trailhead Hike End: Brockway Summit Tahoe Rim...

The Ultimate Guide to Yosemite in Two Days

Yosemite is no hidden gem, but it’s so iconic for good reason! This is one of my favorite national parks in the US. With incredible granite cliffs, sheer drop-offs, and some of the best viewpoints in the world, Yosemite isn’t to be missed! Here’s my guide to seeing Yosemite in two days. The best time to visit Yosemite You can really visit Yosemite...

Will I ever get better at this whole blogging thing?

Hi, friends. Oops, another year down between travel journal posts. At this point, I’m pretty settled down—looooonng gone are the days of measuring years in number of beds I’d slept in, but I am still counting nights in a tent. I live in San Francisco and absolutely love it here. The access to the outdoors is absolutely unreal and I have a wee community...

The Ultimate Trail Guide to Backpacking Loon Lake to Buck Island Lake in 2 Days

This 2 day, 1 night backpacking trip has everything—it’s really beautiful, easy-to-organize, full of lakes to jump into, and there are loads of campsites to choose from. Here’s everything you need to know before going backpacking from Loon Lake to Buck Island Lake. Loon Lake to Buck Island lake Trail Key Information Trailhead: Loon Lake Hike End: Loon...

Zion National Park in One Day: How to make the most out of your trip

Passing by Zion National Park but only have one day? I’ve got you covered! Seeing all of Zion National Park in one day is an impossible challenge, but you can certainly see the highlights, all while saving something to return for. This post contains affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission if you choose to book through them (and huge thank you if you...

The Granola Girl Guide to Creating a Camping & Backpacking Setup You’ll Love 🏕️✨

Navigating camping, backpacking, and outdoor gear can be overwhelming at best, but it’s definitely worth taking your time to do your research and slowly build gear stash you love. Here’s my Granola Girl Guide to creating a camping & backpacking setup that makes you excited to go outside and have an adventure of a lifetime. Everything in this guide Use...

Glacier Point To Panorama Point Trail Guide: Everything You Need To Know About This Day Hike

There are few places that have the accessibility and magnitude of Yosemite Valley. The Glacier Point to Panorama Point day hike combines incredible views, a decent amount of milage, and a great resting spot into one fantastic day out. Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links. If you purchase something using an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission...

The Ultimate Guide to the Half Dome Hike in a Day

Sitting nearly 9000 feet above the sea level, Half Dome is an iconic hike in Yosemite National Park. With over 5000 ft of elevation gain over about 8 miles, this hike is demanding but rewarding. This bucket list hike requires a little bit of forethought and organization but is certainly worth doing—here’s my guide to doing the Half Dome Hike in a day! Half Dome...

Sliding Sands Trail Guide: The Best Hike in Haleakala

Haleakala National Park is home to so many incredible hikes, but this one takes the cake! Over 11 miles, this hike takes you from the top of the park into the volcanic crater before you climb back over the valley. The terrain changes throughout the hike, so every few miles you get a change of scenery. Here’s the ultimate trail guide to the Sliding Sands Trail...