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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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Panorama Point Trail

Hiking the Panorama Point Trail

With the Rockies as Denver’s backyard playground, it feels like the mountains are constantly beckoning. Unfortunately we can’t always make time to get out into the the thick of the backcountry. Sometimes we just need a little micro adventure to satisfy our nature cravings. Luckily the Front Range has an extensive number of hikes just an hour away from the Queen City. Panorama…

read » July 28, 2016
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Hike to the Source of Miette Hot Springs

A short, easy walk to the historic ruins of the original Miette Hot Springs bathhouse and the source of the springs themselves — the hottest in the Canadian Rockies! So you’ve earned a solid lunch hiking up to the Sulphur Skyline. You’ve enjoyed a well-earned soak in the Miette Hot Springs. You probably think that’s all there is to do…

read » July 27, 2016
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Hiking the Sulphur Skyline Trail

A just-under 5 mile trek to a mountain peak overlooking a phenomenally rugged section of the Canadian Rockies. This moderately strenuous hike is a steady climb the whole way up, and the frequently changing weather conditions may determine just how far you actually make it on the trail. No matter how tough you find this route, it has one of…

read » July 27, 2016
Punta Mesa

Hiking the Punta Mesa & Trans-Preserve Loop

This moderately strenuous loop showcases the beauty and diversity of the Santa Rosa Plateau in satisfying fashion. As you make your way along the southern third of the reserve, you’ll sample nearly every ecosystem on the plateau, including grasslands, Engelmann and coast live oak woodlands, chaparral, sage-scrub, and riparian woodlands. You’ll also visit the historic adobe compound, and you’ll have…

read » July 26, 2016
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Hiking Maligne Canyon

This 5-mile lollipop loop just east of Jasper Townsite takes you along the Maligne River and into the ever-narrowing Maligne Canyon — the deepest gorge in the Canadian Rockies. As the canyon progresses, the walls get taller and close in on the river, creating tumbling cascades and waterfalls through the slot-like canyon. Springs are abound on this route and water…

read » July 26, 2016
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Hiking Moraine Lake

A stunning area for autumn larch foliage, the easy trail around one shore of Moraine Lake is a must-hike for photographers and lovers of epic scenery in the summer as well. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures here, including kayaking in the aquamarine lake and longer backpacking treks into Consolation or Larch Valleys or across the Wenkchemna and…

read » July 25, 2016
Soldiers Loop

Hiking the Soldiers Loop

This beautiful loop through a quiet corner of Giant Forest offers a bit of park history, beautiful meadows, giant sequoias, and some phenomenal sunset viewing spots at Moro Rock and Hanging Rock. Set aside a cool June evening to get the best out of the hike so that you can enjoy the late evening views west over the Sierra Foothills.…

read » July 21, 2016
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Product Review: Vasque Inhaler II GTX Hiking Boot

On the Quick: Style: High top Waterproof: Yes Pros: Lightweight and extremely breathable Cons: Slightly stiff while breaking in Best for: Hot weather hiking and backpacking Retail Price: $159.99   OK, first thing’s first — Vasque boots and I have a bit of a history. Back when I was first getting started hiking with my cotton shirts and jean shorts and ill-fitting…

read » July 21, 2016
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OPINION: The Republican Party’s Commitment to Conservation

A week before the start of the 2016 Republican Convention, the Republican Party issued a platform that officially outlined its goals and principles in the upcoming election. Although much of the platform describes political goals not relevant to the world of outdoor recreation, one section of the platform concerns the Republican Party’s vision for the role of the United States Forest…

read » July 20, 2016
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Hiking to Angel Glacier at Mount Edith Cavell

This short and relatively easy trail puts you within sight of the hanging Angel Glacier and the otherworldly blue glacial pond beneath Mount Edith Cavell — the most prominent peak entirely within the boundaries of Alberta — which was named for an incredible heroine of World War I. Further trail options include a beautiful alpine meadow, and a challenging technical ascent of…

read » July 20, 2016

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