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Stories from Outdoors

Where are the best beaches in America?

For the second year in a row, a beach in Hawaii has been selected as the best beach in America by a Florida professor who's made a career ranking and studying beaches around the country.

Where to go whitewater rafting in California

After several years of enduring low flows due to drought, ample precipitation will make this year’s whitewater rafting season the best in a long time.

This week's outdoor events in Sonoma County

Upcoming fun includes the rescheduled Great Russian River Race this Saturday at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville.

Gearhead: REI’s 3-season Kingdom 6 tent

If you’re thinking about camping with the kids, this family tent has a center-divide to create two rooms.   

Trail of the Week: Bald Mountain

360-degree views from the top of this strenuous 7-mile Sonoma Valley hike are well worth the effort.

Explore Mendocino with your smartphone

A new website contains downloadable information about trails and ocean-front sites on the Mendocino Coast.

Chasing smallmouth bass on the Russian River

The Russian River is teeming with smallmouth bass this spring, especially between Alexander Valley and Healdsburg.

Sonoma County events to enjoy in the great outdoors

Upcoming events include the Russian River Race, a free treasure hunt and more.

Trail of the Week: Fort Ross State Historic Park

This easy 2.5-mile coastal bluff trail explores the historic Russian fort, the cemetery and the isolated cove where provisions were unloaded.

Gearhead: PowerLight a compact source of light

The pocket-sized, edge-lit lighting solution serves as both a lantern and flashlight, and offers up to 72 hours of bright and steady light.

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