Arch over the entrance of a driveway with a sign for Aptos High School

The Aptos High School Trail and Why You Should Get Lost

Freedom Boulevard is my road home. I have driven by Aptos High School 500 times and never gave the school a thought.

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Hiking Lodato Loop Trail in Scotts Valley

This 1.3-mile loop trail has been hiked by so many people for 50 years the stones in the path have been polished by the soles of our feet.

Wilder Ranch State Park Hike

This week, Take a Hike columnist Richard Stockton walk through windswept grasslands on bluffs towering over crashing waves.

Aptos Creek Fire Road Trail Hike

There are many hikers, bikers and cars in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, but veer off onto a path up a hill and you’ll find solitude.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

In his weekly column, writer Richard Stockton explores the crown jewel of the California State Park System, which draws 600,000 people a year.

Hurt on a Hike: Pine Valley Trail Hike, Carmel Valley

In this week’s Take a Hike column, Richard Stockton describes wh two OG hikers did when an ankle cracked in the backcountry.

Pelicans, Pot Pipes and the Pajaro Dunes

Every week, Richard Stockton shares one of his favorite Central California outdoor excursions—like this one, along Pajaro Dunes Beach.

Land of Medicine Buddha Hike

Land of Medicine Buddha is a 108-acre redwood Buddhist refuge adjacent to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. It is all about spiritual development and renewal.

Salinas River Beach State Park Hike

During my brief running phase, I ran in the Santa Cruz to Capitola Wharf to Wharf Race. I was dead last. The guy who...

Following the Fall Creek Fish Ladder Trail

There’s a cartoon in the 9/9/22 New Yorker that shows salmon jumping upstream over rocks with leopards, pelicans, crocodiles, raccoons, lions, alligators and wolves...

Hiking in a Storm in the Byrne-Milliron Forest

I turn on my windshield wipers and wonder, “Who would drive through driving rain to climb a mountain?” I’m indeed a curious duck.

Fall Creek Hike

If you are a beginning or casual hiker, this column may be for you. If I can walk these trails, you can too. I hike every week, but I am not good at it.
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