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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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Editorial: The New San Gabriel Mountains Management Plan is a Step in the Right Direction

What follows is a version of our official public comment on the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument’s draft Management Plan. You may read the original document and register your own public comment through November 1st on the Forest Service project page, and we strongly encourage you to do so. Chances are, if you’ve spent enough time hiking in the San Gabriel…

read » October 20, 2016
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Hiking to Goat Canyon Trestle via Mortero Palms

Hikers, history buffs, and desert enthusiasts across San Diego County and SoCal revere a historic engineering curiosity that stands in splendid remoteness in a rugged corner of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The crown jewel of the Impossible Railroad, the Goat Canyon Trestle, spans a deep, rugged tributary canyon draining into the Carrizo Gorge north of the town of Jacumba. For…

read » October 20, 2016
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Product Review: UCO X-120R Rechargeable X-Act Fit Headlamp

On The Quick: UCO X-120R Rechargeable X-Act Fit Headlamp BATTERY TYPE (included): Rechargeable 400mAh Li-ion w/ micro USB input or 3x 1.5v AAA (not included) BULB TYPE: CREE XP-E LED HIGHLY WATER RESISTANT: IPX4 BATTERY LIFE: Up to 130 hr LAMP DIMENSIONS: 2.4″ x 1.25″ x 1.5″ (6 cm x 3.2 cm x 3.9 cm) WEIGHT (w/ batteries): 2.95 oz. (85…

read » October 18, 2016

Hiking Lower Willows

Suppose I suggested that you might benefit from wearing waterproof boots to avoid your feet becoming caked with mud at several creek crossings. Let’s also suppose that I suggest a high clearance vehicle because you may be required to drive across at least two, possibly three creek crossings with varying water levels. Your assumptions that I’m talking about a hiking…

read » October 13, 2016
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Cotopaxi Sueño Sleeping Bag Review

On The Quick: Cotopaxi Sueño Sleeping Bag Style: 15-degree down sleeping bag with water resistant 800 fill down Pros: Colorful and unique Simple and effective design with options to convert Insulated media pouch and pillow stuff pocket Cons: 2 lb 13 oz bag adds weight when backpacking On the expensive side for 15 degree rated bags Best for: Car Camping and…

read » October 11, 2016
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Visiting Wupatki National Monument

A trip through a beautiful, fascinating, and often-bypassed National Monument northeast of Flagstaff that preserves the ruins of an extensive Sinagua settlement at a major trading crossroads Most people driving north on US-89 from Flagstaff are headed to that most marquee of marquee National Parks – the Grand Canyon. But with a short detour off the main road, inquisitive explorers can…

read » October 10, 2016

Urban Wildlife Week and P-22 Day are Coming to L.A.

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom is the California Director of the National Wildlife Federation, and one of the driving forces behind L.A.’s upcoming Urban Wildlife Week (October 16-22) that culminates with a celebration in Griffith Park for P-22 Day, in honor of that park’s resident celebrity mountain lion. We got a chance to chat with Beth over the phone during a rare bit…

read » October 7, 2016
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Hiking the Lenox Crater Trail

Ever wanted to see what happens when a new volcano erupts next to an older one? At Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Lenox Crater is a quick roadside climb to the ash-filled Lenox Crater, providing an up-close and personal experience with volcanic rock and some excellent views of the nearby San Francisco Peaks and Bonito Lava Flow. Sunset Crater Volcano…

read » October 7, 2016

The Autry’s New California Continued Exhibit Shows a Hopeful Way Forward

You know a museum exhibition is good when it leaves you energized to plan hiking trips all over the state, book desert campsites, refresh your knowledge about native cultures and fire ecology, and get your hands dirty in your garden all at the same time — and that’s exactly how I felt after leaving a media preview of the new California…

read » October 7, 2016
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Hiking the Lava Flow Trail

Hike through the jagged landscape of a 900+ year old lava flow in the shadow of Sunset Crater Volcano. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument sits atop the San Francisco volcanic field – a hot spot in the earth’s mantle that is prone to increased volcanic activity. Basically, a location like this is a weakened area that allows a magma flow…

read » October 6, 2016

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