Best Post-Rain Hikes in LA

Call out sick. We won't tell on you.

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Balanced Rock

Visit the old haunt of one of the most influential desert writers in the world

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Stanley Peak

An epic mountain peak with panoramic views just outside Escondido

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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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Hike Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

Just off the main road in Arches National Park sits Balanced Rock, a large boulder sitting atop a much narrower 55 foot column. The formation is a popular destination because of its central location, its unusual figure, and also as a pilgrimage site for fans of the outspoken outdoors author Edward Abbey , who lived near the formation when he…

read » January 26, 2015

Photo Friday – January 23, 2014

As we gear up for a killer history hiking weekend with events on Saturday and Sunday, we know you might just need one little push of beautiful nature photography to help get you over those last few hours of work-week drag. Thankfully, we’re getting a ton of great submissions on Flickr and Instagram using the hashtag #modernhiker, and you can…

read » January 23, 2015
Jupiter's Violent Storms

Want to Hike to a View of Jupiter’s Moons?

Well, OK – maybe not hike all the way up TO Jupiter, but if you’re in the mood to take a nighttime trip to see a rare celestial event you should head to Griffith Park Observatory on Friday January 23rd. The Observatory is staying open late and using its telescopes to broadcast the shadows of three of Jupiter’s moons cast…

read » January 22, 2015

Hike Canyon View Loop in Whitewater Preserve

The bright, wide slash of Whitewater Canyon is a place of many treasures – well, the more natural kind, at least. From towering fanglomerate cliffs to the (sometimes) rushing Whitewater River, from the sandy desert floor to lush riparian greenery, this is a place unlike any other in Southern California. In 1939, the canyon became home to the Whitewater Trout…

read » January 22, 2015
stanley peak

Hike Stanley Peak

“You can tell who the old man is here.” That’s what the elderly gentleman on the trail said as he turned to see me gaining on him as we came up the Sage Trail toward Stanley Peak. The gentleman introduced himself to me as a 70 year-old retiree who had found himself gaining too much weight and was now walking…

read » January 21, 2015

Interview with PB from Opus Orange

As far as backpacking bands go, it’s tough to find a better fit than Santa Monica’s Opus Orange. Founded in 2010, the band’s membership has expanded to half a dozen members with Paul Bessenbacher (PB) at the center. The band has released several EPs and scored the John Muir Trail documentary Mile … Mile and a Half . Opus Orange…

read » January 19, 2015

Photo Friday – January 16, 2015

With the end of another work week comes another round of fantastic outdoor photos from your fellow Modern Hiker readers – and hopefully a bit of inspiration to lace up your boots and get outside this weekend. From the Modern Hiker Flickr Group Page, Chris sends us this beautifully lit shot from Zion National Park‘s Emerald Pools Trail. Although you…

read » January 16, 2015
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Hike Mentryville Park

There are many reasons why California is what it is today – but you can argue that more than anything, two natural resources were instrumental in building the region and even making the land United States territory: gold and oil. Those who bemoan Southern California’s lack of preserved history need look no further than present-day Santa Clarita. To its east…

read » January 14, 2015

Hike Chaparrosa Peak

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead In our glittering world of megamalls and high-rises, the constant push for development has a profound impact on our relationship with the natural world. Unprotected wild lands continually recede in the shadow of towering…

read » January 13, 2015
Cheeseboro Canyon

Hike Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons

Please pardon this brief personal anecdote. I promise it is relevant to the hike. I spent a considerable part of my childhood and early adulthood living in Agoura Hills. During that time, I developed a pretty strong attachment to the place, even though I outgrew the specific charms of this quiet bedroom community by early adulthood. A regular feature of my…

read » January 12, 2015

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