Josh CurrieExplorer

  • Sunset Picnic at Kite Hill

    Kite Hill is nothing more than what the name describes. A simple ascent less than 100 feet in elevation. But that 100 feet is all you need to feel like you discovered a little escape from the buzz below.To get there, you can park directly at the b...

  • Camp at Gaviota State Park

    About 30 miles north of Santa Barbara on the 101 is a small state beach in the 90 person town of Gaviota. Most people pass right on through to San Luis Obispo or don't even make it past Goleta, but this gem is worth checking out either for a day t...

  • Camp at Andrew Molera State Park

    Andrew Molera is about 27 miles south of Carmel and one of the first State Parks you'll hit heading down the coast. There will be signs for the Park as you approach and the main parking lot is only a couple hundred yards from Hwy 1. There are a nu...

    1 miles

  • Park Day at Foothills Park

    Disclaimer: Foothills Park requires proof of residence in Palo Alto or being accompanied by a resident of the city. Learn more here.Foothills Park is 2.7 miles west of 280 after exiting Page Mill. After exiting you take a short scenic drive up th...

  • Photograph the Iconic Malibu Pier

    Less than a mile South from the small town center, Malibu Pier stretches out into the Pacific. The Pier has been in Malibu since 1905 and though much of Malibu has been built up around it, it has remained quite similar to when it was first constru...

  • Hike and Fish Hume Lake

    This spot is less than four hours from the Bay Area and offers everything you would ever want to do in the outdoors. The interesting thing about Hume Lake is that it is actually a Middle School and High School camp in the Summer and Winter. That b...

    3.5 miles 100 ft gain

  • Visit the Bridgeport Covered Bridge

    The famed and picturesque Bridgeport Covered Bridge, spanning the width of the Yuba River, was originally built in 1862. It was an integral passage for a freight hauling route from San Fransisco to Nevada. This historic site is now protected and i...

  • Ski and Snowboard Chateau D'oex

    Chateau D'oex sits at 3,100 feet above sea level in the French-speaking Canton of Vaud, Switzerland. The easiest way to get to this picturesque place is by train, unless you happen to be staying nearby with a car. The small mountain town of about ...

  • Hike to Boiling Springs Lake

    The hike to Boiling Springs Lake starts at the Warner Valley Trailhead and is only a 3 mile roundtrip hike. It's a fairly easy hike that starts through the valley and then winds up through the forest and eventually opens up to the lake. First thin...

    3 miles 300 ft gain

  • Explore Navarro Beach

    Northern California beaches are not your typical soft sand, warm water, grab a surf board type of spots. Of course when the weather is cooperating you can enjoy those activities as well! What makes this spot so special is how few people ever come ...

  • Climb and Camp at Shuteye Ridge

    The Journey to your final destination can get a little tricky once you get on the dirt roads. From the Bay Area it will take you about 3 hours to get into Oakhurst, then another hour to get to the Wilderness Area simply because of the windy and no...

  • Houseboat Lake Shasta

    Lake Shasta sits at the foot of infamous Mt Shasta, past the major Northern California city of Redding. From the Bay Area you can count on at least a 3.5 hour drive to get to waters edge, but the drive goes by quickly just cruising on HWY 5. There...

    1 miles 1 ft gain

  • Hike to Cathedral Cove

    Cathedral Cove is an isolated beach on the Coromandel Peninsula in the small coastal town of Hahei. Being that this is one of the most beautiful places in all of New Zealand, you can expect some crowds. You can take your chances at finding a spot ...

    3.1 miles

  • Hike through Wunderlich County Park

    Located in the iconic Silicon Valley town of Woodside, Wunderlich County Park offers a number of hiking trails as well as some horseback riding trails through the wilderness.  Once in the parking lot, you will see a number of stables, riding ring,...

    4.5 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Hike to Tamarack Lake, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

    The trailhead begins at the end of Golden Gate Rd in Coleville, Ca on highway 396. There are very limited signs, so maps are necessary! Depending on how fast of a hiker you are, you can most likely reach the lake in 6 hours with minimal breaks. If...

    10 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike to Devils Kitchen

    Your hike to Devils Kitchen will start from Warner Valley Campground. The hike starts out thorough the valley and eventually winds through the forest and ends at the top of the Devils Kitchen site. You'll then hike down the hill a bit and get to e...

    4.2 miles 500 ft gain

  • Camp at Ice House Reservoir

    Desolation Wilderness is just west of Lake Tahoe, a part of Eldorado National Forest. It's a very popular backpacking destination as the PCT and Tahoe Rim Trail both run through the area. There are what seems to be endless amounts of mountain lake...

    1 miles 1 ft gain

  • Backpack to Johnson Lake

    Your trek begins at the Chilnualna Falls trailhead in Wawona near the South Gate in Yosemite. The first suggestion I have is to check the weather in the area to make sure you won't be slowed down by rain or snow. It's about 12 miles from the trail...

    24 miles 4500 ft gain

  • Backpack to Crescent Lake

    Crescent Lake is another beautiful spot a long the Beuna Vista loop. Starting at the Chilnualna Trailhead in Wawona, you start your journey climbing about 4.6 miles and 2,300 feet to the top of Chilnualna Falls (always a good place to rest). Beyon...

    20 miles 4100 ft gain

  • Explore the Norman Island Caves

    First, I must say that the only way to get here is by boat. But that is the case for the majority of the destinations in the British Virgin Islands. Apparently the legend goes that the pirate, Blackbeard, after doing his pirate duties, would store...

  • Rock Climb at Point Dume

    There are a couple of different ways to get to the rock, but the easiest will be at the end of Westward Beach Rd. The rock is impossible to miss as you drive further down the beach. Once parked, which I believe you have to pay for beyond a certain...

  • Explore the Mangapohue Natural Bridge

    Mangapohue Natural Bridge is about 30 kilometers past the infamous Glow Worm Caves in Waitomo. Continue on Te Anga Rd and you'll run into the beginning of the trail on the right. It's only about a 10 min walk out to the cavern so no need to worry ...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Explore the Hamilton Botanical Gardens

    The Hamilton Gardens is a massive property right along the Waikato River which runs through the city. The focus of the gardens is to replicate the historical gardens of specific civilizations around the world.Parking is very easy as there is a mas...

  • Explore Hobbiton

    The Hobbiton Movie Set is built into the hills of a private farm in Matamata, two hours south of Aukland. You can get your tickets online, in town, or right at the set. Peter Jackson and crew spent many months right here on the farm filming and bu...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike to Te Waihou Springs

    There are two different ends to begin the walk. The one I suggest starts at the Leslie Road Carpark, about 20 mins from Matatmata. Though the entire 5 km track is absolutely stunning, the most popular section, being the Blue Springs, is less than ...

    2.9 miles 0 ft gain

  • Fly Fish the Trinity River

    The Trinity River is one that is rarely visited by your typical Bay Area resident. In fact, much of true Northern California is "untouched" in the eyes of those who live in The City, which is what drew me to this place to begin with. After a five ...

  • Explore Marokopa Falls

    Marokopa Falls is located right off Te Anga Rd in Waitomo. Most people visit Waitomo for the world famous Glow Worm Caves, but I encourage continuing on down the road to visit the falls.The tramp to the falls is very easy and should only take abou...

    1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike and Fish at Nicasio Reservoir

    Nicasio is a quaint town just inland of the more popular coastal town of Point Reyes. It's most known for it's wine country, rolling hills, and the home of Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas's getaway home. Most visitors of this area either pass right ...

    3 miles 300 ft gain

  • Explore The Rock at Morro Bay

    Morro Bay is located west about 13 miles of San Luis Obispo. Typically Pismo Beach and San Luis are the go to spots when traveling to that area, but after spending the day there I would highly recommend giving it a visit!The first thing you'll see...

  • Hike around Lake Bled, Slovenia

    Bled, Slovenia is an incredibly picturesque town situated at the foot of the Karawanks Mountains near the boarder of Austria. The small lake town is often regarded as one of the best kept secrets because of the intimate and secluded location. The ...

    3.76 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike to the top of Mount Maunganui

    Mount Maunganui sits right on the water in the Bay of Plenty. Half the island rests on the open ocean, where the other half rises out of the bay. Driving in to the town, it's impossible not to see this massive piece of land jutting above the flat ...

    2.4 miles 757.9 ft gain

  • Hike around Lake Tikitapu

    Lake Tikitapu is the smallest of the mountain lakes in the Rotorua area. Take Tarawera Rd about 9 kilometers and you'll run right into it. There is a huge lawn to the right that you can park on if the lot at the shore is full.The beginning of the ...

    3.4 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike to the top of Wairere Falls

    Wairere Falls is located just ten minutes from Matamata. If you're in the area for the Hobbiton tour definitely make sure to take some time to hike the falls as well. Parking is super easy at the base of the hike and there is a restroom if needed ...

    6.2 miles 1312.3 ft gain

  • Camp at Warner Valley

    Warner Valley Campground is at the end of Warner Valley Road. It's 16 dollars a night at a first come first serve basis. As far as the campground it self, there are a few bathrooms and each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. There are 17 sit...

  • Explore Norman Island

    Norman Island is one of the more popular islands in the BVI's, with great snorkeling, hiking, and caves to explore. There is a restaurant in one of the perfect blue water bays that is also open during the high season. There are no inhabitants on t...

  • Hike to the Top of Chilnualna Falls

    Many visitors to Yosemite head straight to the valley and don't often explore the other areas of the park. So if you are interested in staying away from the massive crowds and getting to enjoy the beauty of the park a little more quietly, the Wawo...

    9.2 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Hang at Honeymoon Beach

    Honeymoon Beach is a private little beach located in Deadman's Bay across from the Peter Island resort. It's intimate size makes you feel like you're the only person (or people) on the island. There is a well maintained cabana, hammock, and 2 loun...

  • Explore the Abandoned Factory at Peter Island

    Peter Island has a number of attractions on it but the abandoned mansion and factory in Little Harbour is one that not many people go exploring. Apparently the cigar factory was operated by the owners who lived on the hill nearby. It was built in ...

  • Hike to Drake Lake

    The hike starts at the Warner Valley Trailhead and winds up the mountain until you reach the lake. The first 2 miles or so are very pleasant walk through the woods until you reach the last portion which is essentially straight up the mountain side...

    5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Backpack up Devils Slide Trail

    Who would have thought that you could find pine trees less that two hours from San Diego!? Idyllwild is an awesome escape from the beach if you are looking to get some fresh mountain air. There are a ton of hiking trails but the most popular is th...

    5 miles

  • Hike through the Old Forest in Half Moon Bay

    The Bluff Trail starts at the end of Beach Ave right by the famous Moss Beach Distillery. The walk leads through a Cyprus grove and continues on along the cliff side passing through what seems like an infinite collection of dense trees. You'll see...

    2 miles 0 ft gain