Labor Day Challenge: These 3 hikes in 3 days!

Three Awesome Hikes for a Three Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is a popular time to get outside with family and friends. This usually means that campgrounds are booked to overflowing and getting any last minute spots can be difficult if not impossible. Even if you missed the deadline for Labor Day camping reservations can still get outside with these three amazing hikes!

Levee Trail – Take the Levee Trail at Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area for a leisurely stroll through the 50-acre bayfront preserve with a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Arastradero Creek Loop – Hike around the Atastradero Creek Loop at Pearson-Arastradero Preserve for a beautiful mixture of rolling savanna grassland and broadleaf evergreen forest.

Indian Rock Trail – Trek up above the clouds on the Indian Rock Trail at Sanborn County Park and enjoy incredible views from the Santa Cruz Mountains.

All three of these hikes are less than a 30 minute drive from our store in Cupertino! Stop by on your way out for your Labor Day Weekend hike!

The Pinnacles Await!

Explore Pinnacles National Park for your Labor Day Adventure

Created in 2013, Pinnacles National Park is the newest addition to the National Park Service. While there travelers can journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms, while hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life.

Hiking – Pinnacles National Park has more than 30 miles of trails that showcase the beauty of the park up close and personal. Hikes range from flat stretches of grasslands to uphill climbs through talus caves onward to the rocky spires that Pinnacles is famous for.

Climbing – If you’re looking for a vertical adventure, Pinnacles National Park offers a variety of climbing routes that range from easy topropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge.

Caving – Pinnacles National Park has two main areas of caves: the Bear Gulch Caves and the Balconies Caves. Both have trails that can take you through the caves, but be sure to check ahead to make sure the caves will be open!

While you are there, be sure to watch for California condors, too. The California condor is one of the rarest birds, with only 450 left in the world. In 1980, there were only 27 birds left in the wild. All were captured and bred in captivity in order to save the species and later reintroduced into The Pinnacles. The California condor has a wingspan of 9.8 feet and weighs up to 26 pounds. Condors do not migrate and can be seen in the park year round.

There are currently 27 free-flying adult and juvenile condors at The Pinnacles managed by Pinnacles National Park.

Cool Down with a Trip to the Beach!

Three Great Beach Campgrounds!

Summer may almost be over, but the heat hasn’t left yet! Escape the higher temperatures by setting your tents up on the beautiful California coast. We’ve found three great spots for your next beach camping adventure!

Manresa State Beach – Just below Santa Cruz sits Manresa State Beach. This popular camping destination features a beautiful expanse of sea and sand where you can surf, hike, and camp!  Reserve now!

The Steep Ravine Environmental Campground – Nestled in Mount Tamalpais State Park, The Steep Ravine Environmental Campground offers beautiful views of the ocean for tent and cabin campers alike. Reserve now!

New Brighton State Beach – Camp on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay and then walk to the beach featuring picnic areas, swimming, and a nearby forest of Monterey pine and coastal live oak.  Reserve now!

The Perfect Farewell to Summer Break

Say goodbye to Summer Break with the perfect family adventure!

As the Summer Break winds down and the new school year draws near, get outside one more time with the whole family at Roaring Camp Railroads nestled in the town of Felton, California. Between amazing train rides and historical experiences, Roaring Camp railroads is a great day-trip for the whole family – Even Fido*!

Redwood Forest Steam Train – Explore the Redwoods in open air cars pulled by a magnificent steam engine to the summit of Bear Mountain as you learn about the history of the railroad and the forest.

Santa Cruz Beach Train – Take a ride to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk for a day at the beach on the The Santa Cruz Big Trees & Pacific Railway – one of the oldest and most historic lines in California.

Living History and Heritage Events – Experience history with free heritage events during the week and living history events on the weekend. Watch Roaring Camp’s blacksmith make tools, see a real old-fashioned printing press in action, try your luck at the gold-panning station, and much more!

Want to make it a weekend camping adventure? Set up camp at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park! A stroll through the redwoods takes you directly to Roaring Camp Railroads, and the campground itself offers great amenities for tent campers and more amazing hikes through the beautiful forest.

*Dogs are allowed on leash at both Roaring Camp Railroads and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.