About John

Welcome to the Northern California Hiking Trails blog. I’m John Soares, co-author of 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, third edition, and author of 75 Hikes in California’s Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions, revised edition. I did a lot of tramping and trekking in the wilderness long before I wrote the books, but doing the very enjoyable research for the hiking guides took me all over Northern California, from Santa Cruz to Crescent City, and from Mokelumne Wilderness to Mount Shasta and the Trinity Alps. So I have a broad perspective of the region. And a deep love for it. I’ll share that love with you.

The overall focus of this blog is foot travel, but I’ll also examine various facets of being outdoors, from maximizing trail-time enjoyment to details of hike updates to political, economic, social, and environmental aspects of north state trails. I also examine various stories and issues of interest to hikers.

I live in Ashland, Oregon, just a few miles north of the California border, and I grew up around Redding just to the south, so I talk a bit more about Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Mount Shasta area, and the Trinity Alps, for instance. But there is also plenty on the Bay Area, the coast, and Sierra Nevada, I promise.

I make the bulk of my living as a freelance writer for businesses and nonprofits. I also give advice for freelance writers (and sell my ebooks and ecourses for freelance writers) at my ProductiveWriters.com site. Get even more details about my education and career path at my extensive LinkedIn profile.

John Soares at Mears Creek by the Sacramento River

John Soares at Mears Creek by the Sacramento River