Skyline to the Sea Trail: Backpack Through Two CA State Parks

Hike Reports

HIKE TO: Big Basin Redwoods, Waddell Beach, Santa Cruz TRAIL: Skyline to the Sea Trail MILES: 32.1 mi TIME: 3 days/ 2 nights DATE I WENT: 10/31/18 – 11/2/18 DIFFICULTY: easy ELEVATION: 3074 ft (at Castle Rock State Park trailhead)  HIKE PERMIT: yes LOCATION: 2 California State Parks = Castle Rock State Park & Big […]

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Backpack to Island Lake, San Juan National Forest, Colorado

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HIKE TO: Island Lake & Ice Lake TRAIL: Ice Lake Trail MILES: 7.61 mi TIME: 2 night (2:38 hr in to Island Lake; 1:55 hr out from Ice Lake) DATE I WENT: 8/30/19 – 9/1/19 DIFFICULTY: somewhat strenuous ELEVATION: 12403 ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 2525 / 2483 ft  HIKE PERMIT: no LOCATION: San Juan National […]

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Intro to Packrafting

Hike Reports

July 15-20, 2019Author: Tiffany Lin | Photographer: Mina Lee + Tiffany’s iPhoneLocation: Lake TahoeBoat Model: Rogue Lite If you know me, you’ll know I’m not much of a water person. I’m actually scared of the big, open water and can’t tolerate being in cold water very well. Two years ago, I went to a beginner’s […]

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Top 3 Hiking Shoe Recommendations in 2019

Gear Guide

I have three go-to pair of shoes for the trails: Adidas Terrex Fast Surround hiking boots for lightweight hiking and backpacking, Adidas Terrex Parley hiking shoes for water trails, and Lowa Renegades for a heftier hiking boot option. Read on for my review of each shoe to find which one best suits your needs and […]

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Lakes Trail to Pear Lake, Sequoia National Park

Hike Reports, National Parks

HIKE TO: Heather Lake, Aster Lake, Emerald Lake and Pear Lake TRAIL: The Lakes Trail MILES: 12.4 miles (15.4 miles according to my tracker) TIME: 1 night (3:30 hr in, 3:45 hr out) DATE I WENT: 10/13/18 – 10/14/18 DIFFICULTY: moderate  ELEVATION: 9629 ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 2625/423 ft  HIKE PERMIT: yes for overnight camping LOCATION: […]

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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Hike Reports, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

I pass Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada on EVERY Southwest road trip and always told myself I would stop by on the way home if I wasn’t tired… so this time we stopped there at the beginning of our Escalante road trip! I was only there for less than 12 hours, several of […]

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Backpacking Duck Pass Trail

Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

HIKE TO: Barney Lake, Duck Pass, Duck Lake, and Pika LakeTRAIL: Duck Pass TrailMILES: 5.6 miles one wayELEVATION GAIN: 1739 ftMAX ELEVATION: 10502 ftTIME: 2 days/ 1 night (or you can day hike it 3.5 hr one way)DATE I WENT: 9/1 – 9/2, 2018DIFFICULTY: moderate backpacking trailHIKE PERMIT: yes, wilderness permit required for backcountry campingLOCATION: […]

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Kearsarge Pass: Solo Wilderness Trip

Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

Last August [8.17.18] I decided it was time for me to experience the wilderness alone, so I packed up my backpacking pack and got on the road with no trails in mind, just the direction of the 395 N hwy… but Kearsarge Lakes have always caught my eyes. I’ve been hiking for a few years […]

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Mt Whitney: Day Hike vs. Overnight Hike

Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

Mount Whitney 14,505 ft… It’s the tallest mountain in the continental US and I’ve been fortunate to summit it 3 times now as both day hikes and an overnight backpacking trip. I have been asked which one is better… so let me break it down for you. 2019 Permits: click to apply for the lotto from 2/22 until 3/15 […]

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Death Valley: 24 Hour Trip

Hike Reports, National Parks, Road Trips, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

Trip date: Dec 20-21, 2018Death Valley in 24 hours + 5 sightseeing spots for all levels The winter is the best time to visit the desert because of the weather. It’s much cooler temperatures during the day (low 70s when I went) and the evenings were amazing temps as well, around 55 degrees at night. […]

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The Wave, North Coyote Buttes: Permit & Hike Info

Hike Reports, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

After 14 months of applying, I finally got lucky and won a permit to visit The Wave. To give you a quick background, “the wave” is officially known as North Coyote Buttes and is part of Paria Canyon/ Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. It’s one of the most coveted permits and hardest to get because they only […]

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Patagonia (Trip Guide to Exploring Chile & Argentina)

Hike Reports, National Parks, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

I spent about 2 weeks exploring Patagonia which is the minimum amount of time recommended to me. I went at the end of the summer season and had amazing, almost perfect, weather! The weather is can be unpredictable there so you want to make sure to leave some extra days in case things don’t go as […]

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Ultralight Backpacking Guide: Pack Lighter, Move Faster

Gear Guide

In 2018, I’ve transitioned from lightweight backpacking to ultralight (UL) backpacking. It’s been an interesting experience and I’m not hardcore and fully into it (there are definitely a lot of areas I can fully go ultralight on but I’m just not willing to yet), but there are two main adjustments for me which I’ll get […]

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International Women’s Day 2019


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7 women to follow on Instagram 👭👭👭👇 The 2019 International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter and the question they ask is how can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? I woke up this morning feeling inspired to write about something besides my usual adventures. Personally, I think we should celebrate women’s achievements everyday, […]

March 8, 2019

Mt Whitney: Day Hike vs. Overnight Hike


Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

Mount Whitney 14,505 ft… It’s the tallest mountain in the continental US and I’ve been fortunate to summit it 3 times now as both day hikes and an overnight backpacking trip. I have been asked which one is better… so let me break it down for you. 2019 Permits: click to apply for the lotto from 2/22 until 3/15 […]

February 22, 2019

Packing for Patagonia


Gear Guide

Patagonia is a bit of a longer trip and I always thought I would need to pack a lot, but I really didn’t need much. If you haven’t already checked out my blog post from my 16-day trip to Patagonia on both the Chile and Argentina side, you can read about it here. As requested, […]

February 13, 2019

Ultralight Backpacking Guide: Pack Lighter, Move Faster


Gear Guide

In 2018, I’ve transitioned from lightweight backpacking to ultralight (UL) backpacking. It’s been an interesting experience and I’m not hardcore and fully into it (there are definitely a lot of areas I can fully go ultralight on but I’m just not willing to yet), but there are two main adjustments for me which I’ll get […]

December 18, 2018