Ribbon Fall is the tallest single-drop waterfall in the United States. This would usually be enough to draw hundreds of people a day, but being amongst falls like Yosemite, Bridalveil, Nevada, and Vernal Falls, few people even notice that Ribbon Fall exists. It flows every spring just West of El Capitan, and the best way to see it (and to find refuge from the throngs of people in Yosemite Valley) is to climb the 2nd class bushwack up to its base.
You’ll never make it out to that off-trail lake in high heels. You’ll never climb that icy couloir in road-running shoes. To find your little bit of solitude in the wilderness, you need footwear appropriate for the distances, terrain types, and weather conditions you’ll encounter. In this article, I’ll explain the basic types of footwear you may use for wilderness travel and which ones would be best for the type of activity you plan to do. No shoe is perfect for everything, and every shoe is a compromise between different needs. Rest assured, though, that there is a shoe out there for you, and the first step in finding it is figuring out what type of shoe you need.
Most of the surfers were headed back to shore, and it was still early yet for tourists. Rodeo Beach at the Marin Headlands was quiet, especially for a Saturday. I set out back along the road, somewhat unsure of my route. I had in mind for the day a sixteen-mile run around the Headlands, a run much longer than any I’d ever done before. I had all day, though, and a cup of coffee to boot.
Montara Mountain makes a great training hill for vertically-minded Sierra hikers. It looms 1,898 feet above Pacifica, California, a mile south of Devils Slide. Trails to the top converge from three different directions, one of which is currently closed to the public. The other two trailheads, San Pedro Valley County Park and McNee Ranch State Park, climb from near sea level to the summit in about four miles, and so provide some of the steepest continuous trail in the bay area.