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Turnbull Canyon

A riparian canyon loop with stellar views of the L.A. basin.

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Lower Doane and French Valleys

A trip back in time to a cooler, wetter San Diego County

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Best Hikes in L.A.

You thought L.A. was all urban sprawl and strip malls, right? WRONG. If you don't know where to start hiking, here are my favorite trails in SoCal.

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Recent Blog Posts

boden canyon

Boden Canyon

It was turning out to be a lousy day. Things weren’t going well at my job. I was tired and cranky. I was experiencing the post vacation blues. My head hurt. Everything bugged me. As I commenced my hour-long commute thinking dark thoughts, I pulled over on the side of Highway 78 at the east end of Clevenger Canyon, through…

read » February 26, 2015

Go Hike L.A.: Upper Las Virgenes

We know it’s a little last-minute, but we just nailed down the final details for our March Go Hike L.A. event. On March 8th, we will celebrate springing forward with an extra hour of daylight at the Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve! Join Modern Hiker and naturalists from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for a moderate hike around…

read » February 25, 2015

New Modern Hiker Shirts in Stock

Good news for the sartorially-minded hiker — the Modern Hiker shop on Adayak just launched a brand new design for shirts this morning, detailing just about everything you need to file a day under the “successful” category – eating, sleeping, and hiking. These slick tops are available in both men’s and women’s sizings in a variety of colors and currently…

read » February 25, 2015
Turnbull Canyon Puente Hills

Hiking Turnbull Canyon

Between the cities of Whittier and Hacienda Heights, roughly bordered by the Pomona Freeway, Orange Freeway, and the 605, lies a low, small member of California’s transverse mountain ranges known as the Puente Hills. The Hills are dotted by a sprawling system of parks and open spaces that provide easily accessible beauty and outdoor recreation for its citizens, and it…

read » February 24, 2015
Lower Doane Valley

Hiking Lower Doane Valley and French Valley

If you are looking to take a vacation from the dry, shrubby, bouldery interior of San Diego County, but you do not have several days to travel to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the cool forests of Lower Doane and French Valleys will provide the ultimate getaway. These pine-rimmed meadows bordered by a spring-fed creek are entirely out of place in…

read » February 23, 2015

Photo Friday – February 20, 2014

If you’re looking out your office windows counting down the seconds until you get to enjoy a proper weekend, it’s time for another Modern Hiker Photo Friday. We start things off this week with Saina Kamula, who shared this great wildflower shot from Bear Canyon on the way to Switzer Falls. The flowers are popping a bit early this year,…

read » February 20, 2015
fiery furnace

Hike the Fiery Furnace

Just past the turn off for the iconic Delicate Arch is a bent and twisted labyrinth of sandstone fins called the Fiery Furnace. There are no trails, signs, or cairns inside the Furnace and GPS units don’t work well in the tall, narrow canyons. Due to the confusing nature of the landscape and the fragile ecosystems they contain, there are…

read » February 19, 2015

No Child Left Indoors

Following the trend of many Presidents before him, President Obama has been using the authorities granted in the Antiquities Act to establish and expand new National Monuments all over the country. When the President established the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument last year, it was the 13th time he use the Antiquities Act to increase protected areas in the United…

read » February 19, 2015
Whale Peak

Hiking Whale Peak

Recently, while I was leading a hike with our friends, the Anza Borrego Foundation, I heard a lady refer to the desert as “miles of kitty litter and stabby plants.” She meant this in jest, as she had clearly driven many miles to follow me around and drink donated beer from Ballast Point in said kitty litter. But if one looks at…

read » February 19, 2015

Win 5000 bucks to Adventure with your Dog

Let’s face it – just about everything is more fun if you’ve got a dog with you. Hiking, camping, trail-running, backpacking, and even driving to the trailhead are all dramatically improved with the addition of a canine buddy or two. (Caveat: if your dog gets nervous in cars like the Modern Hiker Pitbull, the drive is sometimes the opposite of…

read » February 18, 2015

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