Monday, July 14, 2008

Welcome to Bay Area Outdoors (and Beyond)

I've been threatening to start up a blog for sometime so I can share some of my outdoor experiences. As my profile states, I am a GPS map correspondent for BACKPACKER magazine and have put a few miles on my feet in the past few years. Basically what that means is I use a GPS (global positioning system) receiver to record the hikes I go on and then get to share them with the public. What I hope to accomplish with this blog is to provide more detail on some of these hikes and also an avenue to share the photos and experiences of these travels. I encourage feedback and questions and hope to start posting soon.

Just for a start, here is a photo from last weekend's trip to Chewing Gum Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. Enjoy!


Rick Deutsch said...


I could not find a CONTACT ME button on your site. Please email me with your address.

Rick Deutsch-Mr. Half Dome
Author: "One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome"

John Soares said...

Hello Dave,

I also cannot find a way to contact you. I love your blog and I want to blog about one of your posts.

Please contact me at

John Soares

Co-author, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California

Author, 75 Hikes in California's Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions

Please contact me at

Frank said...

Fantastic blog Dave and outstanding photos. I wish we had discovered your blog before out trip to Northern CA.

- Frank "Omaha" Comisar :-)

Dave Miller said...

Glad you liked the blog.

Since you are headed to Yosemite from Tenaya Lodge, you really need to do Mariposa Grove. Lots of photographic opportunities with the giant sequoias. I'm sure you are already planning on a trip to Glacier Point, but a nice late afternoon hike is Sentinel Dome (1.1 miles, from the Taft Point, Sentinel Dome trailhead, just past Bridalveil campground) Great viewing of Half Dome and Eastern Valley, especially for Sunset.

A couple other things to look out for:
Fern Spring, a small spring that falls a couple short drops. It's near the crossroads of HWY 41 and 140.

Tunnel View can provide great shots throughout the day, but late afternoon you will get a rainbow on Bridalveil fall is the water is moving. It's also a great place if there are any storm clouds, especially in the morning or sunset.

Sunset from Sentinel Bridge can provide a great shot with Half Dome reflecting in the Merced River. You will need your graduated ND filters for this or combine exposures.

Mist Trail to the Top of Vernal Falls is worth the hike and messing with the crowds. You will get wet.

If you have time, head over to Tuolumne Meadows. It's a longer drive from where you are staying, but plenty of great places to stop: Ohmstead Point, Tenaya Lake and plenty around the meadow.

Let me know if you have any questions. Take care and have a great time!!