Top 10 Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Olympic National Park

Sunset as seen from the High Divide Trail.

It’s the end of a summer day of hiking, exploring, and experiencing the beauty and joy of the Olympic Peninsula. You’re relaxing at your favorite sunset spots with a tasty beverage and dinner, reminiscing on the day’s memories, and staring into the beautiful, clear sky. The colors change ever so slightly; first, a hint of […]

2023 Yosemite Snowpack & Summer Expectations

The current snowpack in the central Sierra is over 230% of normal and steadily increasing. Simply put, we are about to reach record snowpack levels and are not nearly through our Miracle March or our April Showers. Much more is yet to come, including the potential for spectacular waterfalls and massive flooding. This record-setting winter […]

The Wild and Amazing Women of Yosemite

Four women that forever changed Yosemite. Cover photo: Yosemite climbing legend, Lynn Hill, LA Times Women have played an influential role in the history of Yosemite for thousands of years, although you don’t hear their names as often as the likes of John Muir, Chief Tenaya, Galen Clark, Ansel Adams, Royal Robbins, and the list […]

5 Best Backpacking Trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Blue lake in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon, two parks operated as one, are a quiet alternative to their popular cousin to the North, Yosemite. These parks encompass some of the most rugged and remote terrains in the Sierra Nevada and are known for their extremes. Here you will find the largest trees on Earth, the tallest mountain in […]

Top Yosemite Guide Service Moments of 2022

Family celebrating on top of Half Dome while the sun is setting.

In 2022 Lasting Adventures had the privilege of sharing the wonders of the outdoors with almost 1,000 people on our guide service trips! This includes over 725 day hikers and 236 people that were brave enough to ditch modern society and go backpacking. We even started our first guide service trips up in Olympic National […]

10 Things I Learned About Yosemite’s Firefall

Horsetail Fall on El Capitan glowing orange with the sunset.

The Horsetail Fall “Firefall” is one of the most coveted photo ops in the valley. But it’s also one of the hardest to get. Here are 10 things I learned from chasing the Yosemite Firefall multiple times. Photos and words by LA guide, Kara Maceross A few years ago when I started working for Lasting […]

Top 20 Highlights from Our Lassen Backpacking Summer Camp

Sunset at the lake with a 6-day Lassen High Country Adventure group.

This summer we ran more trips in Lassen Volcanic National Park than we ever have. We had the opportunity to backpack in this park with 4 6-Day Lassen High Country Adventures, 2 of our 13-day Summer Camps, and even a 6-Day Lassen Young Adventurer’s trip! In total, at least 40 youth got to experience the […]

Top 25 Highlights from Our Yosemite Backpacking Summer Camp

This epic sunset is one of our top 25 Yosemite Summer Camp Highlights from 2022

In Yosemite, Lasting Adventures has been running Summer Camp backpacking trips for kids for over 25 years! In fact, this is the park where it all began! Yosemite really does have that something special and many kids got to experience what that special ‘thing’ is this summer. We waved goodbye to 12 groups of kids […]

The Top 25 Highlights of Olympic National Park Summer Camp Backpacking

Backpackers on a trail above the clouds

This Summer was our second running Summer Camp trips up in Olympic National Park in Washington and it was stellar! We changed things up a bit and split trips to be either Mountain or Coastal, and also offered our first 13-day backpacking trip where they did both! The young ones didn’t miss out either as […]

Climbing the Captain

El Capitan at sunset

Seven days ago marked our return to Yosemite Valley for the season. John’s white Ford van rolled into the Curry Village parking lot at 7:30 PM, and by nine we were ferrying loads to the base of El Capitan (accompanied by our new friend and fellow guide Maddie Hodge). Three ropes, two haul bags, pounds […]