Valerie Cauhape

Cowgirl. Lover of the outdoors. Runner, hiker, beginning cyclist and avid daydreamer.

Climb Matterhorn Peak via the East Couloir

Bridgeport, California

Matterhorn Peak in the northeastern Yosemite Wilderness is an SPS Emblem Peak and many regard it as the beginning of the High Sierra, as there are no peaks higher to the north in the Sierra Nevada.

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Hike to Deadman Lake

Highway 108, California

Start: 38º19'08.46"N 119º39'49.26"W Elev 8879ft Park along Hwy 108, head down the bank and across the stream at the bottom. There you will find the start of the trail.

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Hike Clouds Rest to Half Dome

Mariposa County, California

Because this is not a loop, you will need to figure out a shuttle situation.  There are two options for this: 1. Drive your car to the Tenaya Lake Trail Head, and leave it parked there.

87 Saves

Hike Mt. Hoffmann via the East Chute

Mariposa County, California

This is a solid, day long trip. It is a great hike with a bit of a scramble on the way up to the summit massif and then again at the nearly 11,000-foot peak of Mount Hoffmann.

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Backpack to Vogelsang and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps

Tuolumne County, California

If you love the idea of backpacking to remote mountain destinations, but shudder at the thought of carrying a heavy pack and digging a hole to poop in, the High Sierra Camps are a great option.

74 Saves

Camp Out at Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout

Siskiyou County, California

If you've never stayed in a lookout, you should.

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Snowshoe around Manzanita Lake

Shasta County, California

Snow shouldn't stop you from accessing your favorite places in the winter time, but it does add some intrigue and a little extra planning.

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Backpack to North Dome in Yosemite

Mariposa County, California

To stay overnight in Yosemite without a reserved campsite requires a "Wilderness Permit" to camp, but you can camp anywhere.

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Hike Clouds Rest

Mariposa County, California

The "younger" brother of the world famous Half Dome, Clouds Rest is in fact a solid 1,000 feet taller despite receiving significantly less attention.

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Backpack to Fletcher Lake and Summit Vogelsang Peak


Before you head out for the trip, you’ll need to get a wilderness permit.

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Scramble Yosemite's Cathedral Peak


Start at Toulumne Meadows (8000 ft), and take the John Muir Trail, on the south side of Tioga Road.

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Backpack Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley

Tuolumne County, California

Yosemite is an iconic park, and if you are looking for isolation with spectacular views of the backcountry this trip is for you.

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Hike to Peeler Lake

Bridgeport, California

This trip can be done as a day trip or backpacking trip. It is around an 11 mile out-and-back trip. Park at Twin Lakes in Bridgeport, CA. There is a $10 fee and it can take a while on busy weekends.

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Soak in the Sierras: Travertine Hot Springs

Bridgeport, California

After you’ve bagged an Eastern Sierra peak, you deserve a little soaking to soothe your aching feet and tired muscles. Luckily, our great Mother Earth provides what you need.

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Backpack to Alice Lake

Ketchum, Idaho

Alice Lake is a must-see, jaw-dropping alpine lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Whether it's a day hike or a multiple night backpacking trip, it surely won't disappoint.

388 Saves

Ski or Snowshoe to Stargaze Yurt

Lowman, Idaho

Gaze at the stars on a crisp night from one of Idaho Park & Rec's best backcountry yurts! Cook a meal in the middle of nowhere with all of the provided utensils.

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Explore Nevada's Ward Charcoal Ovens

White Pine County, Nevada

The Ward Charcoal Ovens are a unique photo location with some of the darkest night skies in the country.

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Hike Pyramid Peak via Rocky Canyon

Twin Bridges, California

Pyramid Peak is the tallest peak in the Crystal Range and the Desolation Wilderness, just west of Lake Tahoe. On a clear day it can be seen from the Bay Area over 150 miles away.

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Run the Rubicon, 10mi

South Lake Tahoe, California

If starting at the Vikingsholm Parking lot, then run north along State Route 89 for two miles to the entrance to the D. L. Bliss State Park Campground.

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Learn to Kiteboard on the Lake

Kings Beach, California

Although it's not the best spot, this is the most consistent and predictable wind spot in the area. On a sunny day it can get crowded but mostly with beginners so be prepared.

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Hike to Barney Lake in Hoover Wilderness

Bridgeport, California

Barney Lake makes for an incredible day hike or trail run, but is also very accessible for camping.

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Hike to Granite Lake

Pioneer, California

Take the road to Kit Carson Lodge. When the road turns to dirt, take this one-lane dirt road as far as you can go.

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Hike to Round Top Peak

Alpine County, California

This hike begins at Carson Pass which is accessible from Highway 88. The trail leaves from the parking lot (parking requires a fee of $5) and is easy to follow.

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Hiking Little Wild Horse Canyon & Bell Canyon Loop

Green River, Utah

The Little Wild Horse Canyon/Bell Canyon loop hike is a classic southern Utah experience.

527 Saves