I just launched a Facebook page where I highlight details of hiking trails in Northern California and important tips, updates, and news items.

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Hiking Northern California with John Soares

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First “Like” the page. Second, put your mouse over “Following” and then select “See First.”

I’ll share 3-6 times per week, and it will be interesting and cool stuff, I promise!

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I’d greatly appreciate it if you would share the page on your Facebook timeline and/or send the link to people you know who you think will be interested.

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A Bit More About Regions I Cover

Northern California is a big place. This page focuses on the upper half of Northern California, where I’ve explored the most and where I’ve lived most of my life:

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lassen National Forest
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Mount Shasta area
  • Castle Crags State Park
  • Trinity Alps Wilderness
  • Russian Wilderness
  • Marble Mountains Wilderness
  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  • Klamath National Forest
  • Six Rivers National Forest
  • Redwood National and State Parks

I will occasionally include some information on areas that border this region, like the northern Sierra Nevada and the southern part of Oregon.

Paynes Lake in the Russian Wilderness in Northern California.

Paynes Lake in the Russian Wilderness in Northern California.


New Source for Current Trinity Alps Trail Conditions

June 16, 2017

I’ve just provided a 2017 update to my Trinity Alps trail conditions post. The main upshot: it looks like there will not be weekly updates of the PDF file that had been created by Jim Holmes of the Weaverville Ranger Station for many years. (Jim retired.) Instead, you can get recorded information by calling 530-623-2121 […]

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Western US Fire Smoke Conditions and Air Quality Info For Hikers

August 24, 2015

Want to go hiking or backpacking in your favorite wilderness, national park, or state park in the western United States, but you’re not sure of the smoke conditions and the air quality because of all those summer wildfires? This post will help. I list nearly two dozen ways you can find out what’s happening in […]

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New Editions of My Two Hiking Guidebooks

August 11, 2015

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve recently signed contracts with my publisher, The Mountaineers Books, for a fourth edition of 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California and an expansion of 75 Hikes in California’s Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions into an entirely new book. 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, Fourth […]

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Trinity Alps Wilderness Trail Conditions

July 13, 2015

I get a lot of emails and blog comments from backpackers and day hikers asking me about the conditions of specific trails in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. I answer when I know and when I have the time, but there are over 550 miles of trails in over 500,000 acres: There’s no way I can know everything […]

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National Trails Day 2015 in Northern California

May 31, 2015

National Trails Day 2015 is this Saturday, June 6th. What Exactly Is National Trails Day? It’s a national program run by the American Hiking Society to promote awareness and improvement of trails throughout the United States. Different public, private, and nonprofit groups run a variety of events that range from trail maintenance and construction to […]

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Canyon Creek Lakes and Boulder Creek Lakes in the Trinity Alps

June 26, 2014

The Canyon Creek Lakes and Boulder Creek Lakes are likely the most popular destinations in the Trinity Alps, and for good reason. They have everything a backpacker wants: roaring creeks with waterfalls, verdant meadows, abundant wildflowers, deep, rock-ringed lakes, and towering granite peaks. Below I share an updated version of the trek from my book […]

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My Latest E-book Helps Freelance Writers

July 30, 2013

In between hiking in northern California and southern Oregon I’ve written a new e-book: Find Your Freelance Writing Niches: Make More Money for Less Work. I know most of you are hikers, but I also know that some of you are writers. You can find details about specializing as a freelance writer here.

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Videos of California’s Russian Wilderness

July 26, 2013

I’ve been exploring the Russian Wilderness in northern California over the last two summers. Here are my best videos. Enjoy! Big Duck Lake Paynes Lake Big Blue Lake Southern Russian Wilderness from the Pacific Crest Trail

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Walking the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain

May 6, 2013

Stephanie and I just saw the excellent documentary film Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago here in Ashland, Oregon. This hike has been on my radar for the last couple of years, never more so than now! The Camino de Santiago is a 500-mile trek across northern Spain to the cathedral in Santiago de […]

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