Explorer | 40 pts
Great hiking during this period (Aug-Oct)--no wind but can get really hot when out in the open, so bring water (my 40 ounce Camelbak is perfect for the hike). Therefore, I recommend starting out in the late afternoon (park closes at 7 PM so keep track of the time). It takes me 1:30 to do the Volvan Loop-Blue Oak trails (6.5 miles), but I walk fast, so if you start out at 4:00 PM, you should easily be done by 7 PM and still beat the heat. I like that particular hike, as it is not too strenuous like the "Valley View" trail, which is really tough. There are still plenty of rolling hills to keep your heart rate up (if you're wearing a heart monitor and are trying to keep it "in the zone"), but overall not too strenuous for beginners.