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Yosemite Winter Trip Planner

Yosemite Winter Trip Planner

Yosemite Winter | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Yosemite National Park offers visitors something for every season. But there is something especially magical about seeing the park in winter and if you’re lucky enough, with a fresh coat of snow! This 

Backpacking Thousand Island Lake | Ansel Adams Wilderness

Backpacking Thousand Island Lake | Ansel Adams Wilderness

Backpacking Thousand Island Lake| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Thousand Island Lake: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 7,909 ft. Distance: 21 miles (hiking as a loop) Elevation Gain: 3,300 Hike Type: Overnight Difficulty Level: Strenuous Food Storage: There is 1, two-sided bear box located 

Backpacking Young Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Backpacking Young Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Young Lakes | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Backpacking Young Lakes: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 8,720 ft. Distance: 18 miles (completing this trip as a loop) Elevation Gain: 2,850 ft. (more if you go out and back on the Dog Lake trail) Hike 

Hiking the Pika Lake & Duck Pass Trail | John Muir Wilderness

Hiking the Pika Lake & Duck Pass Trail | John Muir Wilderness

Duck Pass Trail| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Hiking the Pika Lake & Duck Pass Trail: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 9,100 ft. Distance: 12 miles (including stops at all 6 lakes) Elevation Gain: 2,400 Hike Type: Day-hike Difficulty Level: Difficult Food Storage: Bear boxes are available at 

Hiking the Mirror Lake Trail | Yosemite National Park

Hiking the Mirror Lake Trail | Yosemite National Park

Mirror Lake Trail | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The Mirror Lake Trail: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 4,000 ft. Distance: 5.10 miles, round trip (your mileage may vary, depending on how far you go) Elevation Gain: 250 ft. Hike Type: Day-hike Difficulty Level: Easy Food Storage: The 

Hiking the Four Mile Trail | Yosemite National Park

Hiking the Four Mile Trail | Yosemite National Park

Words and Photography by Brian Callender Hiking The Four Mile Trail: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 4,017 feet Distance: 10.5 miles, round trip Elevation Gain: 3,360 Hike Type: Day-hike, out and back Difficulty Level: Strenuous Food Storage: There are no bear boxes at the trailhead, so you’ll need to store any scented 

Hiking May Lake | Yosemite National Park

Hiking May Lake | Yosemite National Park

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Hiking May Lake: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 8,877 ft. Distance: 3.0 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: 538 ft. Hike Type: Day-hike Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate Food Storage: There are bear boxes at the  trailhead. During our visit, the parking 

Hiking Wapama & Rancheria Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Wapama & Rancheria Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Wapama Falls & Rancheria Falls |Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Hiking Wapama & Rancheria Falls: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 3,844 Distance: 14 miles Elevation Gain: 2,275 Hike Type: Day-Hike Difficulty Level: Moderate (to Wapama Falls) Difficult (to Rancheria Falls) Food Storage: The National Park asks you 

2020 in Review: Travel & the Pandemic

2020 in Review: Travel & the Pandemic

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie What more can really be said about 2020, other than it’s been one hell of a year to remember (or forget!). This year, we had so many adventures planned that we were very much looking forward to 

Hiking Clouds Rest | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Clouds Rest | Yosemite National Park

Clouds Rest Hike | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Clouds Rest Hike: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 8,171 ft. Distance: 13.5 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft. Hike Type: Day-hike Difficulty Level: Strenuous Food Storage: There are six bear boxes at the Sunrise 

Backpacking Ediza Lake | Ansel Adams Wilderness

Backpacking Ediza Lake | Ansel Adams Wilderness

Backpacking Ediza Lake | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd  Backpacking Ediza Lake: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 8,100 ft. Distance: 15.6 miles, roundtrip (where you set up camp will vary your mileage slightly) Elevation Gain: 1,870 ft. Hike Type: Overnight Difficulty Level: 

Delta Lake Hike | Grand Teton National Park Hiking

Delta Lake Hike | Grand Teton National Park Hiking

Delta Lake Hike | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Delta Lake Hike Details: Starting Elevation: 6,751 ft. Distance: 8.2 miles, roundtrip (how far you hike around the lake will alter your mileage slightly) Elevation Gain: 2,190 ft. Hike Type: Out and 

Alice Lake Hike | Sawtooth Wilderness Backpacking

Alice Lake Hike | Sawtooth Wilderness Backpacking

Alice Lake Hike | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd  Backpacking Alice Lake: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 7,100 ft. Distance: 14.5 miles, roundtrip (where you set up camp will vary your mileage slightly) Elevation Gain: 1,768 ft. Hike Type: Overnight Difficulty Level: 

Backpacking the 20 Lakes Basin | Eastern Sierra

Backpacking the 20 Lakes Basin | Eastern Sierra

20 Lakes Basin | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Backpacking 20 Lakes Basin: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 10,000 ft. (trailhead official elevation, though my Garmin had us at 9,600) Distance: 9.5 miles (including a few wrong turns and some scouting near 

Canadian Rockies Travel Guide

Canadian Rockies Travel Guide

Canadian Rockies Travel Guide | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The Canadian Rockies are easily recognizable as one of the more beautiful destinations in North America. It’s no wonder that if you spend any time on social media, you likely have 

Hiking North Dome | Yosemite National Park

Hiking North Dome | Yosemite National Park

Hiking North Dome Yosemite| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Spectacular views of Half Dome, Cloud’s Rest and Yosemite Valley make the hike to North Dome a must-do when visiting the Yosemite high country. This trail is seasonally accessible from Tioga Pass 

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Exploring The Huntington Library | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Growing up, I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Pasadena. My mother grew up there and my grandparents lived in the same house until I was early into my 

Visiting Arches National Park in Winter

Visiting Arches National Park in Winter

Visiting Arches National Park in Winter| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Arches National Park is famous for the approximately 2,000 arches located throughout the park, meaning you’ll be hard pressed to see them all in a single visit. A journey to 

2019 In Review

2019 In Review

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd 2019 was a busy year for us and followed closely a pattern we developed in 2018. We spent many weekends during the summer months taking road trips to Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra. Early in the 

Hiking Cathedral Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Cathedral Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Cathedral Lakes Yosemite | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The hike to Cathedral Lakes had been high on our Yosemite list for the last few years and it’s easy to see why. Two alpine lakes, in the high country of Yosemite, 

Hiking to Stanford Point | Yosemite National Park

Hiking to Stanford Point | Yosemite National Park

Stanford Point Yosemite | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Unrelenting. That’s the feeling that was mutually shared between Julie and I on the hike to Stanford Point. In fact, several times, I found myself wondering aloud, when had we hiked a 

Hiking to Colchuck Lake | Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Hiking to Colchuck Lake | Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a hiker’s paradise located in the state of Washington, about 2.5 hours east of Seattle. It is a place that has particularly hit my radar of late as I began to 

Hiking the Lakes Trail | Sequoia National Park

Hiking the Lakes Trail | Sequoia National Park

Hiking the Lakes Trail | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Sequoia National Park, well-known in part for its namesake giant trees, is also home to some fantastic alpine lakes. The Lakes Trail visits four such lakes: Heather, Aster, Emerald and Pear, 

Hiking Twin Falls | Yoho National Park

Hiking Twin Falls | Yoho National Park

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd During our first visit to Canada in the summer of 2016, Julie and I made a brief stop in Yoho National Park. The highlight of that quick stop was Takkakaw Falls, the stunning 830 foot waterfall 

Hiking The Valley of Ten Peaks: Eiffel Lake Trail

Hiking The Valley of Ten Peaks: Eiffel Lake Trail

Hiking The Valley of Ten Peaks: Eiffel Lake Trail | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Eiffel Lake is a hidden gem in the Moraine Lake region of Banff National Park. This is a popular trail leads to an alpine lake with 

Backpacking Big Pine Lakes | Temple Crag

Backpacking Big Pine Lakes | Temple Crag

Backpacking  to Big Pine Lakes| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Hiking to Big Pine Lakes via the North Fork Trail of Big Pine Creek is a classic trip in the Eastern Sierra. This strenuous trail can be done as a long 

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd One of the premier hikes starting from Yosemite Valley, the hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls is a must-do when visiting the park. An incredibly popular trail thanks to its access 

Hiking Berry Creek Falls | Big Basin Waterfall Hike

Hiking Berry Creek Falls | Big Basin Waterfall Hike

Big Basin Waterfall Hike| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Berry Creek Falls is a hidden gem nestled within Big Basin Redwood State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hiking to the falls is the most popular activity in the park, so 

A Scenic Drive Through Monument Valley | Arizona

A Scenic Drive Through Monument Valley | Arizona

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Monument Valley is an iconic destination in the heart of the American Southwest. Chances are if you have seen an old Western film, Forrest Gump, Westworld, or any number of other movies, then you know Monument 

24 Hours in Page | Arizona

24 Hours in Page | Arizona

24 Hours in Page| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd In what has quickly become an annual tradition, Julie and I hit the road at the end of December in search of adventures in the Southwest. With winter weather making most of