Question: Good beaches to go tent camping in San Diego?
My boyfriend and I are planning to drive to SD from phx to go tent camping on a beach for a weekend. I have tried to look up beaches in San Diego to camp but so many around LA pop up and that is too far a drive for us. I would seriously love any recommendations of camp sites that have an ocean view-not a bay- from anyone to make my search easier! Thanks!
Answer by chris w
The drive from phx to la is shorter than you think, Google map your route, however forget camping at so cal beaches this year as all are reservations only and were booked up completely 6 months ago. To try and get reservations go to these two web sites,
Question: Does anyone know of a good hiking backpack?
I am looking for a hiking backpack to purchase. I have looked at a High Sierra Summit 45, and for the price seems like a good pack. I want something that I could take overnight, but not expensive. Does anyone have advice on a good pack?
Answer by spencer7713
Jansport would be the best here some pictures :
Question: What is a good trail to hike/camp in New Jersey?
I’ve been hiking for a while now and I’ve put some good mileage on this past year. I love winter hiking and my friend (also experienced) and I are looking for a good trail to hike and camp in New Jersey or Eastern PA. We’d like to make it a 2 day trip (Saturday – Sunday). Preferably moderately difficult with nice scenery. Any suggestions?
Answer by Mike
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the Appalachian Trail. If you haven’t covered that part of the AT yet, that’s where I would head. http://www.nynjtc.org/ shows several nice day hikes, some of them along the AT. Although I’ve never been there, the High Point area looks nice, as does the Sunrise Mountain area. Rather than hiking out and back, or looking for a loop, visit the ATC website (below) and find a shuttle driver. Park your car at your starting point and shuttle back to it when done, or viceversa. Check out these links:
The main AT website: Lots of general information and maps, link to shuttles (Getting to the trail) real good store for books – http://www.appalachiantrail.org/
The best forum for learning about the AT from real enthusiasts (and my favorite): You could spend DAYS reading the forums here; be sure to ask if there is something you don’t understand – http://www.whiteblaze.net/
Another great forum for the AT: Again really nice and helpful people here – http://www.trailplace.com/
Question: Are there any buses that take you to any good hiking trails in Portland Oregon?
I’m flying into PDX and am trying to find the best hiking trail w/ waterfalls and all that good stuff.
Answer by walmeis
Waterfalls by bus? Not really. Rent an auto at the airport, take I-205 south about 3 miles, then east on I-84 to exit 28 Bridal Veil (about 20 miles/18 minutes). Follow the road about 1/3 mile up to the Historic Columbia River Highway. The parking lot to the right is the trailhead for Angel’s Rest and Devil’s Rest. This is a moderately strenuous 2–3 hour hike to spectacular views up and down the Columbia Gorge.
Turn right (west), and go less than two miles to Latourell Falls http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latourell_Falls which can be hiked to near the bottom, and over the top in about an hour.
Turn around and go east. Every time you see a parking lot adjacent to the road, stop and park. There are six more major water falls along here. Wahkeenah and Multnomah have extensive hiking trails up along their course. There is about a 1500 foot vertical climb (over several miles) to the sources. The forest is gorgeous all along here. The trail from Angel’s Rest connects to the top of Wahkeenah and Multnomah Falls. In between is some lightly used trail were you might not see anyone else, even on a summer weekend. From the Bridal Veil parking lot to Multnomah Falls is 3.3 miles on the historic highway, or about 7 miles along the upper trail. It is a great loop for thorough immersion in nature. Allow 3–4 hours. You can get food and drink at Multnomah Falls Lodge. Naturally you can drink the water directly from any of the falls and creeks (without treatment).
If you absolutely have to use mass transportation, take Max (red line) from the airport to downtown. Here, I mapped it https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=pdx+airport&daddr=Wildwood+Trail&hl=en&sll=45.519278,-122.698059&sspn=0.034339,0.077162&geocode=FSqftwIdolux-CE9XA44k3baWynRINx0qqCVVDE9XA44k3baWw%3BFfaltgIdKICv-A&dirflg=r&ttype=now&noexp=0&noal=0&sort=def&mra=ls&t=m&z=12&start=0 Light rail to the edge of downtown, then up the stairs and transfer to a westbound bus. On bus 20, advise the driver you want Wildwood Trail. He or she will know where it is, but it is not common for people to ride the bus to it. Don’t cross the road (Burnside Street) and follow the trail first to Pittock Mansion, have a look around: it’s a city park. Then walk to the top right corner of the parking lot and follow Wildwood Trail. It runs almost 40 miles in total, about 33 miles continue from here. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Park_%28Portland,_Oregon%29 There are no dramatic waterfalls here, but plenty of forest, hills, and the occasional creek.
If you go the other way and cross Burnside, you enter Washington Park’s Hoyt Arboretum. Continue to follow the trail and visit the Vietnam Memorial, World Forestry Center, and Oregon Zoo. In the parking lot are elevators to Max for a return trip to wherever.
Question: Can someone suggest a good personal gps unit for hiking and kayaking?
I am looking for a personal gps unit for hiking and kayaking. I saw one not too long ago that works very very simply. You turn it on and mark your position when starting out and it tells you how to get back. That’s all it does. It is meant to be worn on a jacket zipper or a lanyard. Can someone tall me where to find it or suggest something else? Thanks in advance.
Answer by garmin handheld gps
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Question: What would be some good vegetarian food to bring or cook while camping?
I’m going camping tonight with a vegetarian, and I was wondering what some good meal recommendations might be.
Answer by antagonist_bitch
Fruit and nuts, lol.
Most tinned foods, beans and spaghetti are easy to transport. Simple packet pasta mixes, You’ve got to think about what you will be cooking with, I’m assuming a pot and water, maybe milk as well. Then think about how much you need and how it fits into your pack. Cereal is a winner on camps, light, filling and nutritious.
Question: What is a really good place to go on a hiking and camping trip for several days in Texas?
My buddies and I want to go on a backpacking trip for 4-5 days and rough it. We live in central texas and are willing to drive a little if need be. Near a lake would be great if we want to go swimming but we are looking somewhere with alot of secluded trails with great scenery and challenging hiking
Answer by lestermount
Challenging hiking with secluded trails would be in Big Bend.
Something less remote would be East Texas in Tyler state park or farther South in one of the National Forests.
Question: What are a pair of good cheap hiking boots?
I Am Studying Abroad This Summer To Peru And I Am Going To Be Hiking The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu. I’m Currently Trying To Find A Great Pair Of Hiking Boots For A Good Price, Preferably The $ 50 Range. Any Suggestions?
Answer by Jnet
On http://hikingboots.com you can shop by price. Boots that are under $ 50 include Hi-Tec men’s, women’s and kid’s boots that would be great for hiking during the summer.