“Everyone should believe in something. I believe I'll go hiking.”
just photographs of the prettiest places you cannot drive to
find a hike on these searchable pages
hikes in chronological sequence
ABOUT THE RATINGS
Hikes are evaluated subjectively, based upon actual experiences.
Criteria include scenery, climatic conditions, status of wildflowers and
stream flow, companionship, and relative success of
ventures. Barring an injury, virtually every hike is worthwhile;
any non-zero rating indicates that some enjoyment was had.
Call it a "fun factor".
Be aware that I am partial to running water and alpine environments; outings with those features do earn higher ratings. Unless otherwise specified, all trails are in northern California, particularly the Sierra Nevada.
Repeat outings are included only when significant new material is available. Any page that substantially duplicates a previous walk is flagged with the [ID#] of the most recent prior visit.
Prior to 2017, elevation designations for mountains, lakes, and trailheads were generally derived from USGS topographic maps. No credence was lent to untrusted sources. Be aware, however, that said documents can be up to sixty years old or even more, and that official measurements have undergone a wholesale technological overhaul in recent decades, resulting in a revision of virtually all survey numbers.
On pages dated 2016 and earlier, mountain peak elevations denoted in
(13061') were derived from map data. Those listed
with an asterisk (14179*) reflect the
more current estimates as published by the National Elevation Dataset (NED),
a product of the U.S. Geological Survey. Modern adjustments
have been as much as several hundred feet. Unfortunately, updates
for lakes and other features are not so readily available.
As of 2017, however, mountain summit markings revert to the
old-fashioned (19310'), because nowadays nearly any modern elevation
statistic can be acquired online simply by typing a name into a search
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