Author Archives: Staff Writer

Classic Crystal Lake: A gem within a gem

By Lara Kaylor The hike to Crystal Lake begins in the Mammoth Lakes Basin — a beautiful area in the heart of Mammoth Lakes that boasts beauty and wonder all on its own. Make it to Crystal Lake, however, and you’ll find a special gem. Nestled in an alpine setting at approximately 9,500 feet, Crystal Lake is a popular summertime ... Read More »

Lara Kaylor

Lara Kaylor is an outdoor enthusiast who gets her thrills from big time recreation in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. where she lives and hikes with her husband and 130-pound Malamute. An award-winning journalist, Lara has been writing about all things Eastern Sierra since 2003. Lara currently works as a freelance writer, and Media Relations Manager for Mammoth Lakes Tourism. She also ... Read More »

Like Beach Camping? Here are the Top 5 Locations in California

by Isabella Noyola If you’re interested in camping, to take your camping experience further, in California you will start looking for camping close to the beach or in the best-case scenario – camping on an actual beach. Meaning, you want to be put to sleep by the sound of crashing waves of the ocean and be awaken by the seagull ... Read More »

Saddle Mountain Rocks!

by Pamela Mattson McDonald Saddle Mountain is a natural wonder of extruded, hexagonal, basalt columns, vistas of major Northwest mountains and home to forty plus wildflowers. Ascending the trail, views of the ocean, inland peaks and vast forestlands surrounding it, spread before you. The geological forces of the mountain’s creations are revealed as trekkers round bends and surmount vantage points. ... Read More »

Hiking Canada’s Oldest and Longest Marked Footpath: The Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. It spans 550 miles from Niagara to Tobermory, Ontario, and provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The terrain varies from level, cedar and pine needle covered paths to steep and rocky slopes. When you hike the Bruce trail, you will ... Read More »