Mary West

Remembering Quarry Trail

Remember Quarry Trail? When was the last time you enjoyed the level, wide road that follows a 5.5-mile stretch of the Middle Fork of the American River from the Confluence in the A ...

Sierra Buttes Trail

On a clear day you can see Lassen Peak! The views are just one of the many reasons to make the climb to the top of the Sierra Buttes Lookout Tower. Being the tallest peak in the Si ...

Glacier Meadow Loop

Glacier Meadow Loop Trail on the Pacific Crest Trail in Donner California is an easy half-mile loop at 7,200 feet elevation. This trail is so much more as it connects to the Pacifi ...

Stevens Trail in Colfax

Celebrate summer with a trail filled with wildflowers, waterfalls, North Fork river views and more on Stevens Trail in Colfax. Much of this trail is exposed so make sure you take ...

Pointed Rocks Trail to Ranch Road Trail

“Have a Cool Day!” Reads the sign on Highway 49 in Cool near the Cool fire station. My last visit was a cool day. Not only was spring trying to shake the cold of winter ...

Buttermilk Bend Trail

Hike this trail in early spring when you have to dodge butterflies. Take in the panoramic view of the Yuba River but don’t forget to enjoy the variety of wildflowers at your ...

Low-stress destination for local hikers

I return to Cronan Ranch in Pilot Hill every year in the springtime. It’s a great trail system any time of year but the panoramic view of green hillsides in spring is a favor ...

Travels at 8-Mile Curve

For mountain bike riders, gate 128 leads to mile 6, 7 and 8 of the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail. The trail is 11-miles in length and crosses Foresthill Road at 8-Mile Curve gate 12 ...

Table Mountain

The only way to believe this place is for real is to see it. Easter weekend is a popular time. But as long as the flowers bloom, it is worth the drive to Oroville in Butte County. ...

Observing outstanding oaks

Just outside Nevada City, off Highway 49 on Cement Hill Road, is another exquisite trail brought to you by the Bear Yuba Land Trust. Hirschman Trail is highlighted by a large pond ...

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

The Nevada City Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a 4.8-mile, in-and-out trail in Nevada City. A shorter trek of 1.8 miles puts you at the trailhead itself and cuts out an urban hike dow ...

Ranch Trail

When you need to get out on a trail but don’t want to drive, I have an idea for you. Behind gate 116 in the Auburn State Recreation area is Ranch Trail. This trail is enjoyed ...

The El Dorado Trail - Locked away in the wild

If you find yourself near Placerville with time for a hike, let me suggest the El Dorado Trail. I call this WUI hiking. WUI stands for Wildland Urban Interface. This isn’t ...

Codfish Falls in Auburn State Recreation Area

   With autumn comes the rain. With rain the waterfalls return. I enjoyed the change of season while making the drive down to the Ponderosa Bridge in the Auburn State Rec ...

Magic scenery - Green fields at Fairytale Falls

The drive out to Yuba County is worth it to enjoy the open spaces and waterfalls at Fairytale Falls. Some call is Beale Falls as it is near Beale Air Force Base, but whatever you c ...