Griffith Park Teahouse

Act of vandalism or guerrilla improvement?

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Portuguese Bend

A beautiful trek to the coast of Palos Verdes

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Rae Lakes Loop

Maybe one of the most gorgeous backpacking trips you'll ever take

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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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mount bell teahouse

Hike Taco Peak

This remote and rarely visited peak in the middle of Griffith Park got a huge boost in visibility in mid 2015, when a group of artists sent a collection of journalists a mysterious note telling them to meet at sunrise on June 30th, 2015. Those who followed the instructions were greeted with a pop-up teahouse on the north slope of…

read » July 1, 2015
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Simi Peak and China Flat

Much like the Puente Hills, the Simi Hills are often overlooked by hikers drawn to the wider swaths of wilderness present in the nearby mountain ranges. For the Simi Hills, the neighboring Santa Monica and Santa Susana Mountains cast a sizable shadow on this smaller range hemmed in by suburbia, but the region has some excellent trails to hike. Case in…

read » June 26, 2015
rocky oaks

Hike Rocky Oaks Park

Rocky Oaks Park is a small but beautiful slice of protected land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Managed by the National Park Service, this former ranch land holds a shaded picnic area covered by beautiful live oaks, a man-made seasonal pond that (when it has water in it) serves as a rest stop for migratory birds, and…

read » June 22, 2015
Rae Lakes

Hiking the Rae Lakes Loop

Mile for mile – and perhaps inch for inch – the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon National Park contains some of the most stunning and celebrated scenery in a mountain range world-famous for stunning and celebrated scenery. The route consists of three separate but connecting trails that travel through glacially-carved canyons, a high country basin containing a chain of…

read » June 19, 2015
Redwood Canyon

Hiking the Sugarbowl Loop

Hike the Sugarbowl Loop through Redwood Canyon on an early June morning, and you may see the sun’s rays filtering down through the boughs of towering sequoia trees. You will pass through verdant corridors of Pacific dogwoods, which may be heavily laden with delicate white flowers. Bright red snow plant may rise out of the duff on the forest floor…

read » June 19, 2015
Buena Vista Peak

Buena Vista Peak in Kings Canyon

Buena Vista is Spanish for “good view,” which is exactly what you’re going to get on this easy 2 mile out-and-back hike in Kings Canyon National Park. This is one of the easiest peaks you can bag, and it may seem like you’re cheating a little bit considering the astounding views down Redwood Canyon, over the Kings Canyon high country, and back over the…

read » June 18, 2015
zumwalt meadow

Hiking Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon

Zumwalt Meadow offers a perfect combination of dramatic scenery, the gentle (or roaring) rumble of the Kings River, a lush meadow, wildlife viewing, and an easy lollipop loop trail suitable for people of all ages and abilities. The meadow loop is the signature hike in the Cedar Grove area, and it epitomizes everything that is great about Kings Canyon. This short…

read » June 18, 2015
roaring river falls

Roaring River Falls

About a few miles west of Zumwalt Meadow, the Roaring River spills its contents over a 40 foot ledge before merging with the Kings River. The unexpectedly ferocious Roaring River Falls (at least in a wet year) kicks up abundant mist and churns ups the water within a beautiful granite “bowl.” These popular falls are easily accessible via an access trail, but…

read » June 17, 2015
Photo by Scott Turner for Modern Hiker

Paradise Valley

There is no way around it: Paradise Valley is flat out gorgeous. Whether it’s the close proximity to the thunderous Kings River, the cool thickets of cedars and ponderosa pines, the ingeniously carved-out trail, the stunning views down canyon toward the Sphinx, the thorough soaking you’ll receive from Mist Falls,  or the relaxation in an icy pool of water where…

read » June 16, 2015
Photo by Scott Turner for Modern Hiker

General Grant Grove

Diminutive Grant Grove features the third largest and one of the oldest of the sequoia trees, the eponymous General Grant Tree, as well as numerous historical relics and sequoia-related curiosities. What this hike lacks in size and scale, it more than makes up for with exceptional sequoias and both local and national historical sites. From the moment of discovery, sequoia…

read » June 15, 2015

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