Some of you will rejoice in saying, “Of course not. We can winter camp!” The hardy souls who love the quiet, pristine winter landscape get to backpack year around. But me, I’m a fair weather lightweight-ultralight backpacker. And not afraid to admit it.
On California’s north coast there are plenty of options for getaways into the wilderness if you are willing to be ready on a moment’s notice between rain storms.
The Lost Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains, the Ventana Wilderness, Sunol Wilderness, Mt. Diablo State Park — all near the San Francisco Bay Area — are low-altitude, no-snow areas with lots of trails, waterfalls, rivers and other natural beauty to make the close-to-home trip a pleasant outing.
Since my readers include folks from all around the world, I recommend you look in your own backyard and get out there this winter.
Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.