The Historic California Drought of 2012-????

A look at the recent drought and its ramifications.

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Grand Canyon: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

Set your sights on one of the great American wilderness experiences

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Resolution in the Mr. Andre Saga

Mr. Andre has paid an undisclosed fine for recent vandalism

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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 Satwiwa to Tri-Peaks

Most readers of this site will no doubt be familiar with Boney Mountain. The high point of Boney mountain is Sandstone Peak, which is a focal point for some of the best hiking on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Mishe Mokwa Loop to Sandstone is one of the classics of SoCal hiking, and Modern Hiker has long touted it…

read » April 26, 2015
Willow Hole

Hiking Willow Hole

Some time around 100 million years ago beneath what is now Joshua Tree National Park, an upwelling of molten rock oozed towardthe Earth’s surface. As the rock cooled, it formed a vast block of intrusive (beneath the surface) igneous (from the Latin ignis, meaning “fire”) rock. Such  blocks of igneous rocks – in this case, monzogranite – are referred to as…

read » April 23, 2015

The Historic Drought of 2012-????

Featured Image: “Shasta Lake low” by Bobjgalindo – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons By now, you have no doubt heard that the state of California is in the midst of a drought. To date, the drought has gotten serious enough that news outlets everywhere are talking about the state’s pending water catastrophe. The Governor’s water restrictions already tell…

read » April 22, 2015

Rim Of The Valley Corridor Public Meetings Scheduled

Back in 2010, the National Park Service introduced the Rim of the Valley Corridor, a “special resource study” area, to determine whether it made sense to link the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) with the San Gabriel Mountains (“including the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo Valleys”) for inclusion in the National Park System (or as an…

read » April 19, 2015

Hiking Haleakala Crater

If you are planning on going to Maui, or if you’ve ever been to Maui, chances are that you have a certain set of expectations about what your time there will be like. The Valley Isle is famous for its climate, perfect beaches, snorkeling, laid-back style of life, winding highways to sacred pools, and the kind of good living that…

read » April 19, 2015
View from Yosemite's Stanford Point

Fee Free Weekend in the National Parks

Hatching a last-minute adventure plan for the weekend? You might want to consider heading out to celebrate the kickoff of National Park Week, a joint venture between the National Park Service & the National Park Foundation that runs from April 18-26. Not only are the parks offering an assortment of awesome activities and volunteer opportunities, but they’re also waiving entrance fees this Saturday &…

read » April 17, 2015

Resolution in the Mr. Andre Saga

Joshua Tree National Park published a news release yesterday describing the outcome of the Mr. Andre saga, in which well-known street artist Andre Saraiva paid an fine of an undisclosed amount to the U.S. District Court after vandalizing park property in February of 2015. The park’s investigation determined that Mr. Saraiva vandalized park property at one site within the park…

read » April 15, 2015
South Kaibab Trail

Hike the Grand Canyon: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

The Grand Canyon is a massive gorge carved by the Colorado River into a high plateau in Northern Arizona. This iconic landmark is perhaps the most famous natural feature in the United States, and for many hikers, a trip into the canyon is a memorable, possibly even essential experience. While there is a fine network of trails that hug the relatively cool,…

read » April 15, 2015
Thunder Ridge

Hiking the Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat Loop

The Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat Loop is the second of a trio of short hikes within Palomar Mountain State Park. Each of these loops is included in a larger and more comprehensive loop through the park. However, since not everybody is keen on a nearly 9 mile loop, these smaller loops offer a more digestible “taste” of the park while visiting…

read » April 15, 2015
Corte Madera Mountain

Hike Corte Madera Mountain

Corte Madera Mountain is a fine introduction to the Pine Creek Wilderness, which occupies a substantial portion of Cleveland National Forest’s Descanso District south of Interstate 8. While the most prominent feature of the wilderness is Pine Valley Creek and its attendant canyon, Corte Madera and its sister peak Los Pinos Mountain form high points from which to survey the…

read » April 13, 2015

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