Central Nevada via the Lincoln Highway – Highway 50

I drove across Nevada last week, from Reno to Great Basin National Park via Highway 50. The stretch of highway from Fallon to Ely is the old two-lane transcontinental Lincoln Highway, the first paved highway to cross Nevada.  After the multilane Highway 80 was built across Northern Nevada, Highway 50 became less favorable, earning it the moniker Loneliest Road in America, which is liberally referenced along the way.  Highway 50 also follows the old Pony Express route, and there are many related stops along the way as well.   The whole drive is very pretty, crossing a long procession of mountain ranges and desert valleys.  I made a few interesting stops along the way, and generally enjoyed this trip.

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Sierra Hot Springs

I stopped into one of my favorite hot springs last week, Sierra Hot Springs, in Sierraville, California. Sierra Hot Springs is located in a pretty valley just outside of Sierraville, and includes 3 soaking pools and a historic lodge. They have a range of accommodation options, from day soaks to private rooms, and all guest are welcome to shared facilities in the lodge. I have been going to these hot springs for many years and have lots of love for this place.

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Northern California Coast – Highway 1

Drove down the Northern California Coast over the last week, stopping in the Redwoods National and State Parks, Avenue of the Giants, Point Arena, Point Reyes, and San Francisco. This classic drive passes through the heart of the Giant Coastal Redwood forests along Highway 101, and the long stretch of coast along Highway 1 between Fort Bragg and the Bay Area. I spent 9 days doing this drive, staying in many of the parks, and getting in some hiking along the way.

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Point Reyes National Seashore – Tomales Point

I hiked out to Tomales Point on Thursday, along a five mile stretch of peninsula that reaches into Tomales Bay. Tomales Point is home to a large herd of wild elk, and there were plenty of opportunities to see these magnificent creatures, plus lots of other wildlife. At the far end of the peninsula is the northern most tip of Point Reyes, a rocky point extending out into Tomales Bay with great views over the water.

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park – James Irvine to Miner’s Ridge Loop

Hiked the James Irvine – Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park on Friday.  This was a long loop through a forest of giant redwood trees.  The highlight of the trip is Fern Canyon, a narrow box canyon with walls covered in ferns.  The loop also crosses a short stretch of sand at Gold Bluff Beach, before returning via the Miner’s Ridge Trail.

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Glacier National Park – Trail Reports

Pitamaken Pass

I got some trip reports up for four of the trails I hiked in Glacier National Park last month.

Scenic PointA ridge climb up to a scenic overlook above the Two Medicine Valley.

Pitamaken-Dawson Pass LoopAn epic 18-mile thru-hike loop across two mountain passes out of Two Medicine.

Grinnell GlacierAn amazing trail that climbs up to Grinnell Glacier.  My favorite hike out of Many Glacier.

Iceberg LakeA nice hike to a high alpine cirque and quiet icy lake out of Many Glacier.

Oregon Caves – Discovery Cave Tour

I took a side trip through the Oregon Caves yesterday, on my way down Highway 101. This is a small National Monument in the southwestern corner of Oregon, with a marble cave high in the Siskiyou Mountains. The Park Service provides a 90 minute Discovery Tour through the caves and it is pretty good. It goes deep into the mountain and passes through some pretty rooms and beautiful cave formations.

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