Day Hikes: Parks, Preserves, Trails


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Fremont Peak State Park: Night Hike 1.2 miles

I chose this particular park since it was a local state park that offered camping that still offered plenty of Saturday camping spots. We visited here on July 4th since Big Sur Stat Park was closed. What a treat we had. “This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the…

Yosemite National Park Day-Hike Guide During COVID19

Last weekend we went backpacking in Yosemite National Park, and we had a blast. This was my first time visiting Yosemite Valley, which I heard it is a zoo during regular hours. I wanted to provide tips and tricks how to access Yosemite National Park for a day-hike and backpacking. This is my day-use post.…

Pinnacles National Park: Day Hike (11 miles)

My goal is to hike once every week. On Monday, June 1st, went on a day hike and started around 8am since we camped there overnight. We chose this particular park since it was the only place nearby where we can camp overnight. “Since 1908, Pinnacles National Monument has increased in bits and pieces to…

Jacks Peak Park: Day Hike (4 miles)

My goal is to hike once every week. On Sunday, June 21st, we visited Jack Peaks Park. It is the highest point on the Monterey Peninsula, rising 1,068 feet (325 m) about Monterey and Carmel. The park encompasses 525 acres under control of the Monterey County Parks Department. It is a 20-minute drive from Stephen’s parent’s…

Henry Cowell: Day Hike (6 miles)

My goal is to hike once every week. On Sunday, June 14th, we visited Henry Cowell State Park, which is more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It can be a 15-minute drive if we started hiking from the entrance closest to us, but we started from the…

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve: Day Hike (8.5 miles)

My goal is to hike once every week, and on Saturday, May 30th, I visited Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve and hiked their longest trail, which is 8.5 miles. Stephen has worked for Santa Clara Open Space Authority for over 1.5 years and worked at Sierra Vista for one year; therefore, it’s time to visit.…

Big Basin State Park: Day Hike

My goal is to hike once every week, and this weekend we decided to visit Big Basin State Park, which is about 50 minutes from us, and in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s been since January 20109 since we had last visited, therefore it was time to visit again. It just opened…

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park: Day Hike

My goal is to hike once every week, and this weekend we decided to visit the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos, which is about 15 minutes from us. We visited this park as a practice hike for Pacific Crest Trail in January 2017, and we visited with friends two years ago. Therefore…

Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Reserve: Day Hike: 5 miles

My goal is to hike once every week, and this weekend we decided to visit Bear Creek Redwoods. Stephen worked for Midpeninsula Regional Open Space as a seasonal for a few years. His last season, he spent much time at the Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Reserve. I heard several stories about building the trails…

DeLaveaga Park in Santa Cruz: Day Hike

I’ve caught the hiking bug all over again. It happens around this time of the year every year. I believe it has something to do with the beautiful weather and our PCT trailversary. As a result Kayla and I decided to hike and explore DeLaveaga Park.  There is so much history to the park dating…

Pogonip Open Space in Santa Cruz: Day Hike

Today I felt inspired to go on a solo day hike. I want to thank my good friend Karen from Latinas Poderosas and my significant other Stephen to go on this much-needed hike. I’ve hiked this local trail several times, but I’ve always followed Stephen and trusted him as my guide. Therefore today was a…


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