Guides and Trips

Sky Camp Site 12 Photo
Buzzard in a dead tree at camp Photo
Happy to be on the trail Photo
Bridge! Photo
Pt Reyes 2-day Hike at Sky Camp
by bonniesf on Feb 28, 2015
Point Reyes Station, California, United States
Backpacking | 24 miles
Machu Picchu training trip #1: Ed, Shelly, Bonnie started at Laguna TH, hiked south on Laguna Trail to Coast Trail then quickly picked up Woodward Valley Trail, then Sky Trail to Sky Camp. This was about 6 miles. Stayed at site 12 which was big enough for 4 tents (we had 3), was wooded and had soft ground for pounding in stakes. This is a nice site. SIte 11 has awesome views of...
Green tunnel at Pt Reyes Photo
Now on the Coast Trail Photo
Overlooking Wildcat Camp Photo
On the beach at Wildcat Photo
Pt Reyes 3-day Loop; Wildcat • Coast Camps
by bonniesf on Dec 26, 2014
Point Reyes Station, California, United States
Backpacking | 24 miles
Three days hiking in Pt Reyes; gorgeous clear cool weather; Not too muddy after the recent big storms. Day 1: Started and ended at Sky Trailhead; first day hiked 10 miles to Wildcat Camp, avoiding Bear Valley Trail. The Camp is right near the beach, where you can have a bonfire (with permit) Day 2: Wildcat to Coast Camp; 11 miles; Started off by hiking on the Beach to Alamere Falls. Gorgeous crisp clear...
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Pt Reyes Sky Camp Loop
by bonniesf on Nov 08, 2014
Point Reyes Station, California, United States
Backpacking | 11.7 miles
Wanted to test some new gear, and so headed to Pt Reyes Sky Camp after work Friday, camped Friday night, got in some hiking Saturday, back home Saturday afternoon. Parked at the Sky Trailhead off Limantour Road, and was glad the trail to the campsite was actually a fire road, as I was hiking in the dark. I had read that site #10 was the best, but think it's actually the worst:...
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Crabtree TH to Gem Lake • Emigrant Wilderness
by bonniesf on Sep 30, 2014
California, United States
Backpacking | 26 miles
Very good trip
Andrew Skurka Backpacking Fundamentals, Sept 2014
by bonniesf on Sep 21, 2014
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
Backpacking | 31 miles
Participated in Andrew Skurka's Backpacking Fundamentals 3-day guided backpacking trip. Have been eagerly awaiting this trip for several months, and it was awesome. Andrew is a titan of backpacking and it was a privilege to learn from him. He generously shares his vast knowledge and experience in ways that makes it easy to learn. Topics covered included: water purification, navigation with map and compass, off trail navigation, bear/food issues, personal hygiene, foot...
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Lori and Bonnie Photo
Lori and her Solo Stove Photo
Bonnie on Rogers Ledge Photo
Kilkenny Ridge Trail Loop
by bonniesf on Sep 02, 2014
Berlin, New Hampshire, United States
Backpacking | 18.9 miles
Lori and I set out in the afternoon for the first leg of our 2-night backpacking trip in New Hampshire. We went up the Mill Pond Trail 4.5 miles, and camped at the Roger's Ledge campsite the first night. Thunderstorm in the middle of the night! Next day we explored the Rogers Ledge, which added 1.4 miles to our total. Great vistas. Heading back south, we found water right after passing the...
On the Sunrise trail Photo
One of the Sunrise Lakes Photo
Mosquito measures Photo
Yosemite Sunrise Trail to Cathedral Lakes Trail
by bonniesf on Jun 27, 2014
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
Backpacking | 15.9 miles
After consultation with the ranger at Big Oak Flat Ranger Station, and a surprising rain delay, Karen and I headed out on the Sunrise Trailhead at last. We had some options as to how far and how many days we would go. We passed the Sunrise Lakes and looked around at the seemingly-abandoned Sunrise High Sierra Camp. It was not yet open for the season. We decided not to extend the length,...
Young Lakes via Dog Lake
by bonniesf on Jun 23, 2014
California, United States
Backpacking | 23 miles
Skyline to the Sea From Castle Rock
by bonniesf on Jun 17, 2014
Backpacking | 31 miles
Six backpackers tackle Skyline to the Sea, starting from Castle Rock SP. From Castle Rock, take Saratoga Gap Trail to Tavertine Trail. Then connect back to the Skyline to the Sea trail close to Waterman Gap camp for the first night. Next day, hike to Jay Camp near the Big Basin Redwoods HQ. Third day have the option of doing the Berry Creek Loop to see the waterfalls. Also, can elect to...
Ten Lakes, Glen Aulin Routes
by bonniesf on Jun 09, 2014
Backpacking | 41 miles
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Skyline to the Sea - Day 1 Alternatives
by bonniesf on May 26, 2014
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Hiking | 12.7 miles
I'll be backpacking the Skyline to the Sea trail next week, and I wanted to check out alternatives to the standard Day 1 hike, which is right along Hwy 9. There are two other ways to get to Waterman Gap:1) Starting from Castle Rock State Park, take Saratoga Gap trail to the campground, then pick up Tavertine Spring Trail. This was a lovely trail which skirted the huge wooded valley to the west....
Ostrander Options
by bonniesf on May 23, 2014
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California, United States
75 miles
Butterfly Mariposa Lily Photo
Lovely reservoir Photo
How's the air up there? Photo
CBC meetup group Photo
Pinnacles Nat'l Park
by bonniesf on May 09, 2014
California, United States
Hiking | 9.9 miles
Visited Pinnacles with the CBC Meetup Group. Had a great time! Had a little trouble with the GPS; after crawling through the two caves (Bear Gulch and Balconies) the GPS didn't catchup very well. And other difficulties... Started at the Pinnacles Campground and headed toward Bear Gulch and the first caves. Then went up to High Peaks. Then down to the east parking lot and had lunch. Then headed to the Balconies caves,...
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Mt Tam loop: Dipsea to Steep Ravine to Matt Davis
by bonniesf on May 04, 2014
Stinson Beach, California, United States
Hiking | 7.8 miles
Started at Stinson Beach, hiked along the Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine trail to Pantoll Ranger Station. Then went along Matt Davis Trail back to the beginning. Nice loop. Thought it would've been longer, but only 7 miles. Did not see many people on Steep Ravine, saw quite a few more on Matt Davis. 
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Devil's Slide and Montara Mtn April 27
by bonniesf on Apr 27, 2014
Pacifica, CA, USA
Hiking | 8.9 miles
Got a look at the new Devil's Slide road path, which used to be Route 1 before the tunnel was built. It's completely paved and there were folks strolling along, some with baby strollers. It was good to see the ocean and cliff views. Looked (and listened) for peregrine falcons, but no luck. Tried to find a way to get up the mountain, but was halted by vicious poison oak bursting forth everywhere....
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Yosemite Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls Trail
by bonniesf on Apr 18, 2014
California, United States
Backpacking | 21 miles
Six backpackers had a blast. Started at the Big Oak Flat Trailhead, and hiked steadily upward for a ways. Crossing Tamarack Creek was a bit of a challenge due to high water level and very slippery rocks. We made it over with only some wet feet. Passed over Cascade Creek on a bridge and were aiming for Ribbon Meadow, but met a hiker coming the other way who told of lots of slushy...
Beth Photo
Bonnie Photo
Mtn Lion Poop? Photo
Beth Fords Creek Photo
Pescadero Creek County Park
by bonniesf on Apr 05, 2014
Loma Mar, California, United States
Hiking | 8.7 miles
This was Beth and my second practice hike for the Grand Canyon. We intended to go 7 miles but in fact we went 9! The stats say it took us eight hours but in fact it took us 4 1/2 hours, around 2 mph. We both did well. 
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Flowers Photo
Hawk Camp Overnighter
by bonniesf on Mar 22, 2014
Marin, CA, United States
Backpacking | 5.5 miles
This is a test backpack to see if my foot could hack it. It was 4 miles up to the Hawk camp, and it was easy! Could see the Golden gate Bridge and San Francisco buildings from the campsite. The track mysteriously stopped recording when I passed the "air-traffic control" installation. Yeah right. Looked very missile-like.
San Pedro Park to Shamrock Ranch
by bonniesf on Mar 15, 2014
Pacifica, CA, USA
Hiking | 6.0 miles
Beth and I drove to San Pedro Cty Park, parked the car, and hiked up the Montara Mtn Trail. We turned right when we hit the road after about 2.5 miles of wide, switch backed, clear, groomed trail. Pretty soon we found a trail going right, which would cut off a chunk of road travel. It was a bit treacherous, and we were always thinking about bikes crashing into us, but we. Passed...
Cactus seen near pine trees Photo
Bonnie on a bridge over the South Fork of the Kern River Photo
DJ and Bonnie in a burned forest Photo
Fresh bough lean-to Photo
PCT Section G; Kennedy Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
by bonniesf on Jul 27, 2013
Lone Pine, CA, California, United States
Backpacking | 51 miles
Hiked 50 miles of the PCT from Kennedy Meadows north to Horseshoe Meadows; what a rush! We experienced rain, hail, cows and 11K. Had a blast.Hiked 16 miles the first day and camped at Cow Canyon, where we found water in a creek. Second day hiked 12 miles; got water at South Fork of the Kern River where there is a sturdy foot bridge and a nice grassy bank; camped at Death Canyon...

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