On our Sequoia National Park Trip, Joe and I tried to see as many different types of scenery as possible. We experienced the far-reaching views from Moro Rock, the impressively large waterfall views of Tokopeh Falls, and saw both the forests and the meadows on this short hike. The majority of the trail is flat, so this hike is great for those who want scenic variety but can’t get into some of the harder-to-reach areas of the park. Bonus: not many people on this trail compared to the more popular ones.
In Sequoia National Park, Moro rock serves two purposes. It’s an obvious centerpiece to the park, towering over the Three Rivers valley and visible for miles around in all directions. But despite the imposing size of this massive slab of granite, it’s also an easily reached viewpoint that can be accessed with just a few minutes of hiking from your car, with views that project all the way to the other side of the Sierras. Unless you have a massive fear of heights or its closed for the winter season, Moro rock should be on your hit list for any visit to Sequoia.
We’re in the thick of travel season. With its long days, warm temperatures, and endless recreational opportunities, we all know summer as the time to get away – so that’s exactly what Kendall and I did this past weekend. The only question was where to escape to. There’s a myriad of SoCal coastal destinations within weekend trip range, but in early summer (and graduation weekend at UC campuses across the state) those options were going to be too crowded and costly. So we dug a little deeper to find a destination.
Dear readers: I’m here today to discuss with you an alarming phenomenon I’ve noticed that is sweeping over trails, open space, and natural areas near all of us. I’m talking, of course, about the plethora of tunes you WILL be inundated to if you choose to go on a popular hiking trail at a remotely close to peak time. While the outdoors used to be a place to keep our personal volumes reasonable so that others could enjoy the absence of the noises of everyday life, it has suddenly (within the last few years) become common practice to blast tunes from smartphone speakers while trecking up the local trail. This is a very disturbing trend, so let’s analyze it in detail.
Think of being outdoors in San Diego. You’re thinking of the beach, aren’t you? It is true, San Diego will never escape it’s pop culture image of miles of sun-drenched coastline. This is a bit of a shame actually, because San Diego offers another geographical future unique among big cities – huge amounts of pristine, undeveloped open space. San Diego is comprised of bustling urban sprawl on mesa tops, with surprisingly undeveloped canyons cutting through it all. What this means is that San Diego is home to over 24,000 acres of protected open space in the city limits alone. The area is inundated with more places to hike than you could shake a stick at. Kendall and I have hiked many of these trails, and we decided to add the Way Up trail at Elfin Forest Preserve to the list last weekend. Continue reading