Northern California   Outdoor Activities



  • 07.30.09

    Sequoia Surprise

    Whether it’s getting into the high country, hiking among the largest living things on earth, or stealing away to catch a fiery sunset, America’s second oldest national park—Sequoia National Park—offers more than a few sweet spots for summer explorations. Go big!

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  • 07.23.09

    Sierra Summer Splash

    Summer fog got you in a funk? Make like Huck Finn and head for the hills! The Sierras are filled with some fun rivers to float and good old-fashioned swimming holes—here are three that fit the bill.

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  • 07.16.09

    Write On

    A few months ago, we asked readers to submit story ideas for a Weekend Sherpa outing. We narrowed the submissions down to three, explored the ideas on our own, and threw in a few extra details. Write on, Weekend Sherpa adventurers—this issue’s from you!  

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  • 07.9.09

    Secrets of the Santa Cruz Mountains

    With so much forest to roam, the Santa Cruz Mountains are a close-to-home wilderness respite. Get off the grid at one of these tucked-away treasures.  

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  • 07.2.09

    Star Spangled Weekend
    Independence Day is on the way—got plans? Here are some ideas to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors. Happy 4th of July!
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  • 06.25.09

    Bonus Sherpa: Going Coastal
    Take it down a notch. Cool your jets. Just chill out. It's time to go coastal at one of the best summer weekend escapes: Monterey.
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  • 06.25.09

    Emerald Immersion

    Turquoise waters surrounded by steep granite cliffs, waterfalls, Jeffrey pines, and soft sand beaches make Emerald Bay one of Lake Tahoe’s most coveted jewels. Here’s how to make it your weekend centerpiece for summer fun.  

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  • 06.18.09

    Epic Hikes

    This weekend brings the longest day of the year—just the right time for a big day-hike. Here are three summer solstice-worthy treks, all within an hour of San Francisco.  

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