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Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

According to nps.gov, a 'meadow is an ecosystem type composed of one or more plant communities dominated by herbaceous species. It supports plants that use surface water and/or shallow ground water.’ Meadows support many diverse species, and can be indicators of the health of the hydrology of a watershed. For example, Tuolumne Meadows, the large… Continue reading Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

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Tioga Road Trails

Sami walking along Tenaya Lake off California 120 My favorite entrance to Yosemite National Park is consistently the eastern entrance, about 12 miles from Lee Vining on California 120, the Tioga Road. This road is in the High Sierra, and connects U.S. 395 to Yosemite National Park. The road continues west into the park and… Continue reading Tioga Road Trails

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Inspiring Views at Inspiration Point

The view from Inspiration Point For a nice hike that offers up some challenging spots and good elevation gain but is also easily accessible from the Pasadena area, the Inspiration Point Interpretive Site is a great destination. Designed in the early 1900s for guests at 'The White City,' the historic Echo Mountain resort along the… Continue reading Inspiring Views at Inspiration Point

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Big Tujunga Hikes: Trail Canyon Falls

A few weeks ago, after staying indoors thanks to the weather and school schedules, we were looking for a new adventure. So we attempted a new trail. We looked for a nice waterfall hike, one that would be dog-friendly and that would be relatively easy to get to from home. Google came back with Trail… Continue reading Big Tujunga Hikes: Trail Canyon Falls

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Baldy

Also officially known as Mt. San Antonio Mt. San Antonio, affectionately known as Mt. Baldy, is located in the Angeles National Forest and at 10064 feet above sea level is the highest peak in Los Angeles County. This famous feature is typically snow-capped from about December-April and is known for its skiing as well as… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Baldy