Matt PurcielExplorer

  • Hike Teutonia Peak in Mojave National Preserve

    Teutonia Peak is a rocky 5,755-foot mountain on the edge of Cima Dome in the north east section of Mojave National Preserve. The dome is 1,500 feet tall is the most symmetrical dome of its type in the United States. The hike starts with a gradual...

    3 miles 700 ft gain

  • Enjoy a Sunset at Tuolumne Meadows

    Tuolumne Meadows at an elevation of 8,619 feet exemplifies the high country of the Sierra Nevada, with its sweeping sub-alpine meadows, granite domes, summer wildflowers and meandering rivers. When the forest opens up park along the side of the ro...

  • Hike up to Bishop's Pass

    To get to the hike drive twenty miles west from the town of Bishop, California up Hwy 168 to South Lake. There are two parking lots  but make sure to get there early because later in the day it's harder to get a spot. The trail starts from South L...

    12 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Photograph the Bristlecone Pine Forest

    To get to the goods head east out of Big Pine, CA  on Hwy 168 into the mountains for 13 miles. Turn left (north) on White Mountain Road to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. The road winds through a beautiful forest of Pinyon Pines and Western Junipers ...

  • Hike to Mist Falls

    The trailhead starts at Roads' End (the end of Hwy 180). Take the Bubbs Creek/Kanawyer Loop Trail and hike east. For the first three miles the trail is relatively flat through an open pine forest. Make sure to look up as there are some great views...

    9 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike to the Waterfalls of Lundy Canyon

    In order to get to the trail you first have to drive past the beautiful Lundy Lake nestled in deep canyon. When the pavement ends continue for a couple miles as the scenery gets more amazing passing two beaver ponds and an Indian head. The hike be...

    3 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike Ryan Mountain

    One of the most prominent peaks in Joshua Tree National Park in Ryan Mountain. It's centrally located rising to a total of 5,456 feet above the valley floor. The trail to the peak is a moderate hike with a little over 1,000 feet elevation gain wit...

    2.9 miles 1070 ft gain

  • Watch the Spouting Horn Blowhole

    On the South Shore you can find the Spouting Horn. There's a small beach park with a great lookout where you can watch a blowhole spout a plume of thundering water into the air. This waterspout occurs whenever the waves are forced under the rocky ...

  • Photograph the Fall Colors of McGee Creek

    McGee Creek is one of my favorite spots in the Eastern Sierra to photography the fall color. Most people avoid the area because the best views require you to hike and explore but the rewards are worth it. Right close to the parking lot is McGee Cr...

    3 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike to Mountain Palm Springs, Anza Borrego SP

    At first glance the Anza-Borrego desert appears lifeless, a wasteland of rocky plain peaks rising up from Carrizo Plains covered in Cholla cactus and Ocotillo. But one of the surprises is a mirage of California fan palm groves hidden in a series o...

    3 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike the North Dome Loop via Yosemite Falls Trail

    One ofthe most challenging and rewarding hikes on the northern rim of YosemiteValley.This is an alternative to the often crowdedMist, Panorama or 4-Mile Trails. Or if you are not able to grab a permit tohike Half Dome this is great choice. Some of...

    18 miles 5200 ft gain

  • Camp at Nelder Grove Campground in Sierra National Forest

    Sites are located along Willow Creek with plenty of shape. Right out of the campground you can hike nearby Bull Buck Trail and discover the giant sequoia trees. This is a first-come first-serve campground so arrive early.Directions: Take Hwy 41 no...

    0 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike to Wapama Falls

    Hetch Hetchy has a completely different character than other areas of Yosemite National Park, and the hike to Wapama Falls is an excellent way to explore this relatively remote section of the park. You can only imagine what this valley looked like...

    5.5 miles 200 ft gain

  • Bike The Strand from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach

    Bike up to 40 miles round trip (depending on where you park and how far you go).Enjoy a leisurely ride through the beach communities of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Ray, Manhattan and Redondo. Bike path stretches from Will Rodgers State Beach ...

    40 miles 0 ft gain

  • Camp at Kalalau Beach, Kauai

    After 11 challenging miles of hiking up and down and along towering cliffs through lush greenery, roaring waterfalls, and heavy streams with jaw-dropping views of the deep blue Pacific your adventure isn't complete until you arrive at the Kalalau ...

    22 miles 5000 ft gain

  • Photograph the West Shore of the Salton Sea

    If you look at old maps of California you discover there wasn't a Salton Sea. That is not until 1905, when there was an accident, as they were building a canal from the Colorado River to the agricultural area of the Imperial Valley that caused the...