Posts tagged “California

Dipsea Trail

The Dipsea Trail is the home of the oldest trail race in America. This 7 mile trail goes from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, CA, through a variety of ecosystems and beautiful, changing scenery.  Here are a few photos from a quiet, peaceful run on a cool, foggy morning.

A few of the 688 steps that start the Dipsea Trail in Mill Valley.

A few of the 688 steps that start the Dipsea Trail in Mill Valley.

A funky sign reassures you that you are on the right trail as you navigate through the neighborhood.

A funky sign reassures you that you are on the right trail as you navigate through the neighborhood.

A foggy morning on the Dipsea.

A foggy morning on the Dipsea.

Almost rainforest-like as you wind down the trail

Almost rainforest-like as you wind down the trail

Not a lot of views that morning, but a wonderful run on the Dipsea.

Not a lot of views that morning, but a wonderful run on the Dipsea.

Changing scenery on the Dipsea.

Changing scenery on the Dipsea.

The Dipsea Trail

The Dipsea Trail


Tuolumne Meadows – Yosemite

Camping and trail running or hiking in Tuolumne Meadows is pure magic. Spectacular 360 degree views, the bluest sky I’ve ever seen, granite domes, tall trees, clear air, the ice cold Tuolumne River to cool off in, and sweet trail make for a perfect playground. You can access the John Muir Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and numerous shorter side trails from the campground. I need to go back and spend a month here exploring all the trails. Here are a few photos from Tuolumne Meadows.

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Tuolumne Meadows

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Spectacular views everywhere you look

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Early morning – Lembert Dome


Devils Postpile – California

Devils Postpile National Monument is near Mammoth Mountain, California. An extraordinary example of columnar basalt, it was formed less than 100,000 years ago when cooling lava flow cracked into multi-sided columns. The symmetry in this rock structure is truly amazing. A beautiful trail that leads to a breathtaking view.

trail to the Postpile

trail to the Postpile

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blue skies, clear streams, green trees – spectacular views

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the top of the Postpile

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Devils Postpile


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