Guides and Trips

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Point Reyes: Mt. Wittenberg, Kelham Beach, Glen Camp, Alamere Falls
by secretchinamark on May 19, 2015
Point Reyes Station, California, United States
Backpacking | 26 miles
Day 1 (11 miles):Started by hiking from Bear Valley Visitor Center up the Mt. Wittenberg Trail to the peak. This was a moderately steep climb, and the view at the top was not worth it. From there, we descended via Sky Trail to Kelham Beach, which granted us a beautiful stretch of the Pacific all to ourselves. We then hiked back up via Bear Valley Trail to Glen Camp, where we settled...
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Meizhou area village-hopping
by secretchinamark on Jan 05, 2014
Meizhou, Guangdong, China
Backpacking | 15.3 miles
Two-day backpacking through some mountain paths in northeastern Guangdong province near Meizhou. We started in beautiful Xiaosheng village (小胜镇), where we first slowly bushwhacked up to a local peak before circumnavigating it and traveling southwest to the town of Sanhe (三合), where we made camp for the night behind Sanhe School (三合学校). The next morning we continued on to Huangjin village (黄金镇), where we caught a bus to Fengshun (丰顺).
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Ventana Double Cone loop - Big Sur
by secretchinamark on Feb 15, 2014
Greenfield, California, United States
Backpacking | 36 miles
3-night backpacking trip looping from China Camp to the peak of Ventana Double Cone for a beautiful mountain-and-sea-side sunset/sunrise. Some challenging but rewarding elevation gain and scrambling through one particularly difficult trail. Copious water and well-maintained campsites along the rivers made for great camping.Day 1: 9.5 milesStarted from China Camp and traveled northeast along Pine Ridge Trail. The trail was almost entirely downhill for this segment. Camped at Hiding Canyon Camp, which...
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Pescadero Creek stream hiking in Portola Redwoods State Park
by secretchinamark on Oct 05, 2013
Loma Mar, California, United States
Hiking | 9.3 miles
Went off the trail under the bridge just past the Park Office then hiked/waded/scrambled along Pescadero Creek. We returned via Old Haul Road when the stream started to enter private land.We went in early October, and even though Google maps suggests that there should be prominent tributaries of Pescadero Creek, we didn't see any. Iverson Creek was almost completely dried up, and Slate Creek wasn't prominent enough for us to find it....
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Meadow south of Snag Lake, lava beds across the lake Photo
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Our campsite in the meadow Photo
Lassen Volcanic National Park - Snag Lake, Lava Beds, Mount Hoffman, Horseshoe Lake, Crater Butte
by secretchinamark on Aug 31, 2013
California, United States
Backpacking | 29 miles
Great 2-night backpacking trip in the eastern backcountry area of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lakes, meadows, lava beds, hill climbing, and crater lake exploration.(Trip time is understated since only the first day was tracked by GPS. Total hiking time was more like ~18 hours.)Day 1 (tracked by GPS): We parked at the Summit Lake South campground (about a 30 minute drive from the Southwest gate of the park) and set off northwest...
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Cache Creek Regional Park - High Bridge Trailhead to Ridge Trail
by secretchinamark on Apr 27, 2013
Wilbur Springs, California, United States
Backpacking | 14.3 miles
One-night, out-and-back camping trip.
El Corte de Madera Creek - stream hiking, Methuselah Trail, Fir Trail, vista point
by secretchinamark on Mar 17, 2013
Redwood City, California, United States
Hiking | 10.3 miles
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Horse Pasture Trail, Tassajara Road, Tony Trail, Marble Peak Trail - Big Sur/Ventana Wilderness
by secretchinamark on Feb 16, 2013
Greenfield, California, United States
Backpacking | 16.7 miles
This was a beautiful 2-night backpacking trip which covered a good variety of terrain. We traveled at a relaxed pace, covering 6-8 miles each day and taking some long breaks.There was some challenge along the second half of the Tony Trail: two short sections along the hillside had eroded and were very difficult to cross with our packs. For the first, we transferred our packs across with a rope; for the second, we...
Pine Ridge Trail from Sykes Campground to Big Sur Ranger Station
by secretchinamark on Dec 09, 2012
Big Sur, California, United States
Hiking | 10.3 miles
Day 2 (returning) from this tripBased mostly on this guide
Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Ranger Station to Sykes Campground
by secretchinamark on Dec 08, 2012
Big Sur, California, United States
Hiking | 10.6 miles
Based mostly on this guide
Mt. Tam: Ridgecrest Blvd to Alpine Lake via Cataract Trail, Helen Markt Trail, and Kent Trail
by secretchinamark on Oct 13, 2012
Stinson Beach, California, United States
Hiking | 8.6 miles
Did this trail based on (read that, it's better)
El Corte de Madera stream hiking
by secretchinamark on Aug 25, 2012
Grabtown, California, United States
Hiking | 10.3 miles
Swamp Canyon Trail
by secretchinamark on Apr 13, 2012
Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States
Hiking | 5.7 miles
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Purisima Creek North
by secretchinamark on Jul 28, 2012
Redwood City, California, United States
Hiking | 8.1 miles
North Ridge TrailWhittemore Gulch TrailHarkins Ridge Trail
El Corte de Madera Creek western side
by secretchinamark on Jul 15, 2012
Grabtown, California, United States
Hiking | 8.4 miles
Virginia Mill, creek exploration, Timberview, Giant Salamander, Methuselah
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El Corte de Madera Creek Trail
by secretchinamark on Apr 28, 2012
Redwood City, California, United States
Hiking | 4.8 miles
We got lost driving to the start of the main trailhead for the El Corte de Madera Creek Trail (off Highway 35) and found this trailhead and parking lot and decided to check it out. The highlight is the crossing of the creek on the way back.One disadvantage of starting here rather than the main trailhead is that you can't pick up the helpful laminated map. But there are plenty of signposts...


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