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.

 

Yosemite: Cliffs, Waterfalls, Lakes, Forests, and More!

Only a short drive from the Bay to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, beautiful lakes, spectacular mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity.

Yosemite Museum – Looking to learn? Try the Yosemite Museum! The Yosemite Museum was the first building constructed as a museum in the national park system and contains many exhibits about the history of Yosemite!

Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail – Want a beautiful hike? Take stroll around Mirror Lake. When water is calm, the lake offers beautiful reflections of surrounding cliffs. Bring Fido along as well, this trail is pet friendly!

The Yosemite Zipline – Need an adventure? Look no further! The Yosemite Zipline and Adventure Ranch offers zip-lining on six different courses, aerial ropes courses, roping lessons, gold-panning and more. Gear up and get out there!

But you have to hurry, camping spots fill up fast, so plan the perfect Yosemite trip and book today. Can’t get a spot? Yosemite still makes for a great day trip!

4th of July and S’mores!

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The long weekend is right around the corner and it’s not too late to grab some gear from The Ski Renter and head for cooler ground. Our summer inventory includes backpacking and camping tents, sleeping bags, stoves, coolers and more. All from high-quality, reliable brands!

We hope you are enjoying our warm weather options as much as we enjoy providing them to you.

“I’ve rented here for years and it has only gotten better with time. New owners bought it a few years back and they have improved the service and products each year. The owner is often there when I come in and he always helps me find exactly what I need. Best mom and pop experience I have had.”

Why buy when you can rent?

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George Denise
Owner, The Ski Renter

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Fudge Striped Cookie S’mores! Get the recipe.

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S’mores Coffee Milkshake! Get the recipe.

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Sushi S’mores! Get the recipe.

 

Celebrate Father’s Day

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What better way to celebrate Dad but with some quality time outdoors? If you haven’t planned a great camping trip for the weekend, never fear! There are plenty of local trails, such as the San Francisco Bay Trail or The Stanford Dish, for the perfect Father’s Day hike.

4 Recipes for Your Memorial Day Adventure!

You’ve booked the perfect site, you’ve picked up your awesome gear from The Ski Renter, but don’t forget the most important part: food! These 4 easy campfire recipes are perfect for fueling your Memorial Day adventures!

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French Toast

Start the day off right with this french toast recipe that serves six! Make your own French toast egg mix ahead of time to customize the flavor even more.
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Camping Hot Dogs

Keep the day going with these easy (and delicious!) wrapped hotdogs. All you need are hotdogs, crescent rolls, foil, and a campfire!
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Mac & Cheese

Pre-make these bowls of mac and cheese at home, then just reheat on the fire until they’re warm and gooey. Easiest camping dinner ever!
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Banana S’mores

End the day on a sweet note with this twist on a classic for dessert. Mix in all your favorite toppings to make the perfect personalized treat!
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Big Sur: Book Your Summer Camping Adventure Today!

Book NOW to get the best spots at popular camping destinations. One of our favorites is Big Sur! Only a short drive from the Bay with everything California has to offer, from beautiful beaches to towering redwoods.

Andrew Molera State Park – Combine a morning hike and an afternoon at the beach! A wide, scenic, mile-long path leads to a sandy beach, taking you through a meadow filled with wildflowers and sycamore trees, as well as offering fine views of the coastal mountain range to the east.

Pfeiffer Big Sur – The Pfeiffer Falls trail, by far the most popular hike in Pfeiffer Big Sur, starts near the lodge and climbs an oak-wooded hillside to reach a decent-sized waterfall. On the return trip, take a side trail to get a great view of the Big Sur Valley.

Elkhorn Slough – There is no camping on the Reserve itself, but it makes a great stop during your Big Sur adventure. Glide down Elkhart Slough Reserve in kayaks where you might come face to face with mischievous sea otters and lounging harbor seals. There are three kayak rental shops close by.

But you have to hurry, camping spots fill up fast, so plan the perfect Big Sur trip for September/October and book today.

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The Last Hurrah

Dear Friends, Family and The Ski Renter Community,

May is the last hurrah for snow! Most of the other resorts are already closed, but for you die-hards out there, a few resorts like Squaw Valley are still open until the end of May. Winter is winding down and warm weather is here to stay!

At The Ski Renter we’re transitioning to our summer camping and backpacking gear. We’ve got awesome packs for kids to carry and packs in which to carry them! Get outside with the whole family! One day rental packages start at $26!

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Why buy when you can rent?

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Owner, The Ski Renter