Labor Day Sneak Away

Who’s ready to get sneaky? As in sneaking away this weekend for a quick outdoor escape. From camping to coastal hiking, bike rides with beers, and redwoods rambles, here are some ideas nearby and not too far. Sneak attack!

Week 08.29.2019
Regions Northern CA

Easiest Best Hike in the World

Hike to Yosemite's Sentinel Dome and Taft Point

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Choose the easiest and most view-rewarding hike in Yosemite. Okay, we’ll go first: the combination of hiking to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. Both of these lookouts are within a couple miles of each other on Glacier Point Road
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Bike to Beers (& Bites)

Bike the Contra Costa Canal Trail in the East Bay

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Ride your bike on a car-free trail and take a break at an alehouse … yes, please! Backed by looming Mount Diablo, the East Bay’s Contra Costa Canal Trail is an easygoing 23-mile (all-in) trail following its namesake canal, passing parks and open space. We recommend this 12-mile…
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Yosemite's New Cabins

Yosemite's New Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge

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The only thing more magical than visiting Yosemite in the fall is staying in your own private cabin while there! The all-new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge make the perfect basecamp for your Yosemite fall getaway. The cabins are tucked among a sugar pine mountain forest beside a…
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Bear Necessity!

Hike at Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve on the Peninsula

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There’s an ancient forest that’s been given a new lease on life and just opened to the public in June! Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is ideal for summer hiking thanks to shaded trails that keep things cooler. Monarch butterflies flitter about, woodpeckers are drumming…
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Tahoe Trio of Lakes

Camp at Loch Leven Lakes in Tahoe

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Three alpine lakes, superb views, and shoreline camping for soaking it all in … Loch Leven Lakes is pure Tahoe wilderness. This 7.2-mile out-and-back in Tahoe National Forest is great for a long day hike, or a weekend of adventure camping among this trio of crystal waters. The…
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Believe It!

Downtown Mural Art Walk in Reno, Nevada

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A hidden speakeasy, loads of extraordinary murals and sculptures, and fabulous outdoor beer gardens … where? Reno! We’ve said it before; we’ll say it again: The biggest little city is quickly on the rise for its burgeoning art scene, artisan beer and food, and a beautiful…
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    Hidden Stairways of SF: Urban Hike

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    Lookout for This View!

    Sierra Buttes Lookout, at a lofty 8,591 feet, is a memory maker for its pucker-worthy stairway to the tower’s balcony. It's a 5-mile (round-trip) hike to reach it. And the reward? Epic!

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    Ah, Good Point

    Ready for a rewarding view? Head to to one of the Peninsula’s favorite promontories: Mori Point. Climb your way up the Bootlegger’s Steps to the Mori Point headland for awesome vantages of the San Mateo Coast.

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    Sleeper Hit

    It's all about the water, and the camping, at Utica Reservoir in Stanislaus National Forest, a High Sierra reservoir perfect for kayak explorations and pitching your tent lakeside..

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    Duck, Duck, Goose!

    Try to get a first-come, first-served campsite at one of the Lakes Basin’s lakeside campgrounds. We love Goose Lake Campground, where there are just 14 sites and no motorized boats.

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    Shealor Stunner

    Robust mountains, striking slabs of granite, and deep green pine reflections make Shealor Lake near Kirkwood resort a jewel of the El Dorado National Forest. Reach this alpine oasis on a 1.3-mile hike.

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    Peak-a-View!

    Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the entire country and the seventh deepest in the world. For one of the very best perspectives of this shining blue beauty, hike up to Garfield Peak.

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