Mar 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm #1300831
I'm looking for some places to visit during the winter that have no snow but also actually have trees and beautiful landscapes.
I could drive like 7 miles up the coast from San Francisco and camp in the redwoods.
Big Sur doesn't really have a lot of trees.
I would like some place which I can backpack in has trees…Mar 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm #1969087
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
field guide – "winter and spring backpacking"
I probably prefer winter backpacking because there are so few people, it's not so hot, few bugs, although you have to be more flexible as far as weather goes
oops – old age is a b**** – I thought this was portlandhikers.org – well, if you go there and click on "field guide" then "winter and spring backpacking" it has some ideas for Oregon and WashingtonMar 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm #1969092
@cameronLocale: Midland, Texas
I've heard good things about Point Reyes.
Snow Mountain Wilderness might work for a weekend hike. I did it in the spring when there was still snow up higher.
Beyond that I take out a state topo altas and go through it looking for trails that parallel a mountain range but are just under the snow line. Remember southern facing slopes will have less snow and the east side of the mountains will probably be drier as well.Mar 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm #1969093
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Big Basin has some good sized trees – Coastal Redwoods, and no snow. As does Point Reyes National Seashore (fewer redwoods, still some, but more oak and pine). Lost Coast to the north.
Further afield: Alabama, Georgia, Florida panhandle, Hawaii – Kokee State Park on Kaui has lots of trees, never any snow and isn't as hot as at sea level (it's at 3,000 feet up the Waimea Canyon).
New Zealand is lovely this time of year.Mar 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm #1969112
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
The Ventana wilderness in Big Sur. If you explore the inland canyons/creeks you can find some decent sized redwood forests. But most the trails follow brushy ridges.
The southern district of Los Padres National forest.
The Lost Coast up north in Mendocino/Humboldt.
Cache Creek Natural Area east of Clear Lake. It's a really big place, very underused.
Point Reyes is good for an overnight.
The Kalamath area should have some places free of snow, but that's really far north.
They used to have trail camps at Hood Mountain near Santa Rosa, but I don't know if those are still open.Mar 25, 2013 at 9:26 am #1969348
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
I hate trees.Mar 25, 2013 at 9:44 am #1969354
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
I much prefer above treeline.Mar 25, 2013 at 10:02 am #1969362
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Winter as in next winter or now?
Olympic National Park beaches and Hoh River (both WET at the best of times and more so in winter)
Oregon has a stick or two on the coast as well :) http://www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events
Costa Rica!!!Mar 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm #1969508
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Henry W. Coe State Park, California, not far from San Jose. Plenty of oaks, bay, and even pines.
Channel Islands National Park, California, has some oaks and pines, hike-in campgrounds, and limited backcountry camping.
Joshua Tree National Park, California, with plenty of Joshua trees :-)
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