Adventures California

Provides a list of exciting places and things to do around California, primarily hikes, backpacks and related activities.  Adventures California provides a one stop site for you to find your ideal adventure.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza Borrego

With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California with 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails . The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunner, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available in the visitor center.

Avila Beach


Avila Beach California is so Beautiful, even the sun prefers to start its day here. With its boutique surf shops, amazing dining, breathtaking beaches, and activities for everyone, it’s hard to imagine yourself anywhere else but on the Beach in Avila. Come experience this hidden paradise on the Central Coast, with one road in and one road out. Avila Beach will be the only place you’ll ever visit where you’ll never become homesick

Carrizo Plain National Monument

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Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the best kept secrets in California. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, the Carrizo Plain offers visitors a rare chance to be alone with nature. Some visitors say you can “hear the silence.” The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species including several listed as threatened or endangered.

This remote monument, traversed by the San Andreas Fault which has carved valleys, created and moved mountains, and yet up close, is seen in subtle alignment of ridges, ravines and normally dry ponds. Prominent features on the monument include the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, Painted Rock, vast open grasslands, and a broad plain rimmed by mountains. When conditions are right, numerous wildflowers can carpet the valley floor; although short lived it can be breathtaking.


Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

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The Carson-Iceberg includes both eastern and western slopes of the Sierra in its 161,181 acres. Though it lacks modern-day glaciers, the effect of glaciation is clear on its “Iceberg” namesake, a distinctive rock formation near Clark Fork Road on the wilderness’s southern boundary. The area is also characterized by a geologic anomaly – a series of volcanic peaks and ridges known as the Dardenelles.

Climbing from 5,000 feet at Donnell Reservoir to the 11,400 foot Sonora Peak, the Carson-Iceberg contains comparatively few lakes but many deep river canyons lush with riparian vegetation.

Cedar Creek Falls

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The hike to Cedar Creek Falls is a challenging 6-mile roundtrip and is not for the faint of heart. The trail winds through a narrow canyon and can be very strenuous and dangerous in some sections. You start by hiking down into the gorge until you get to the falls, which means you will have to hike out of the gorge to get back to the trailhead. The dirt path is well-maintained, and there are regular mile markers along the way.

Creek Falls is a beautiful place, but it needs to be approached with the necessary knowledge and preparation. The cliffs in the area are dangerous and should not be climbed or jumped off of. The is little shade, and the brutally hot summer temperatures have been known to cause heat stroke, so bring plenty of water.


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Convict Lake is a lake in the Sherwin Range of the Sierra Nevada in California, United States. It is known for its fishing and the dramatic mountains (including Mount Morrison) that surround the lake. Its surface lies at an elevation of 7,850 ft (2,393 m).


Death Valley

In this below-sea-Ievei basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.

Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness

With numerous alpine lakes, scenic waterfalls and towering granite peaks, Desolation Wilderness is a perfect location for a summer trip. Whether you want an arduous climb or a relaxing walk, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

Mount Morrison

Mount Morrison

Mt. Morrison is one of the more notable mountains in the Mammoth Lakes area of the Sierra Nevada.  Its North Face is a spectacular sight .The rock in this area is noted for it’s superb coloring in shades of white, yellow, orange, red, and brown.  Mt. Morrison’s summit pendant, a lower Paleozoic roof pendant is composed of Dolomite and Marble – basically metamorphosed limestone.  The age is Pre-Cambrian making it some of the oldest rock in the Sierra.

The rock is very loose, and caution must be exercised when climbing it’s routes.  The north side has earned the nickname, “Eiger of the Sierra” (The High Sierra).  The looseness of the rock is the primary detraction, while the impressive front and a short approach are the primary draws which lead to very enjoyable summit views



Mount Gower

Mount Gower

At just over 3,000 feet in elevationMount Gower is the highest point within the 1574-acre Mt. Gower Preserve – a pristine San Diego wilderness area. Hiking Mount Gower will give you view of the surrounding mountains and landscape, as well as woodlands, meadows, streams, and a variety of photo-worthy wildlife.



Sherwin Range

The Sherwin Range is a mountain range that is a sub-range of the Sierra Nevada system, in Mono County, eastern California. The range is also known locally as The Sherwins.


Sierra Nevada

A Sierra mountain range in the Western United States, befween the Central Valley of California and the Basin and Range Province. The Sierra runs 400 miles (640 km) north-to-south, and is approximately 70 miles (110 km) across east-to-west Notable Sierra featues include Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America;