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Welcome to Trailspotting, where we review the best hiking, snowshoeing and skiing trails around Northern California and beyond. Our in-depth trail reviews, route maps and free GPS downloads should be enough to tempt you away from the computer and into the great outdoors!

Here are a few of our favourite trails to whet your appetite ..

Half Dome, Yosemite It's difficult to approach Yosemite's Half Dome without a sense of trepidation. Perhaps it's the scale of the seventeen mile hike and 4,800ft elevation gain. Perhaps it's a fear of heights and worry over the final ascent of the cables, almost a mile above the valley floor. Alternatively, maybe it's just the dread of the Yosemite crowds compounded by the added attraction of Half Dome itself.

Donner Lake Snowshoeing, Lake Tahoe It's easy to relate to frustrated motorists returning from a weekend skiing in Tahoe, stuck in heavy interstate 80 traffic with aching legs and a long journey ahead. But spare a thought for those whose journey to the west coast was a little more arduous, and a little less certain that they'd actually make it there in one piece.

Ski Tahoe with Trailspotting We've mapped all twelve of the major Lake Tahoe ski and snowboard resorts and they're available for free download at Trailspotting. Explore the maps on Google Maps and Google Earth to get to know them better, then download them to your GPS device and hit the slopes!

Pipiwai Bamboo Trail, Maui (Hawaii) This is our favorite hike on Maui, yet for some people Hana Highway drive to the trailhead alone is excitement enough. Beginning at the rugged and remote eastern Maui coastline follow the Pipiwai stream inland and you'll soon be surrounded by dense jungle, heading towards a series of waterfalls each increasingly more impressive than the last.

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Hiking Yosemite National Park by Suzanne Swedo
Snowshoe Routes: Northern California by Marc Soares
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