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Review of "Wild"

We got an early look at the new film adaptation of the best-selling PCT Memoir. Here's our full review.

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Monrovia Canyon Park

A beautiful 30-foot waterfall and one of the best riparian canyons in the San Gabriels

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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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santiago peak and holy jim canyon

Hike Santiago Peak

We at Modern Hiker have been committing an egregious sin for far too long. We have brought you some of the best trails in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernadino County, and San Diego County. We’ve ventured far afield to the Sierra Nevadas, Utah, Arizona, and beyond to cover the best trails in the western states. And all along,…

read » November 26, 2014
Berlin Forest

Hike to Berlin Forest

Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany have been sister cities since 1967. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of that arrangement, the cities exchanged some local flora in 1990. Here in L.A., we got Griffith Park’s Berlin Forest – a small grove of pine trees above Griffith Observatory that may not feel much like a forest, but is still a lovely…

read » November 25, 2014
western canyon

Hike Western Canyon

If you like to hike up to the Griffith Observatory but are getting tired of the usual approaches and firebreaks, or if you’re just looking for a way to create a longer loop trail to destinations deeper in the park’s interior, then much-overlooked Western Canyon may be a nice addition to your Griffith Park experience. The trail at Western Canyon…

read » November 25, 2014
Guajome County Park

Guajome County Park

Guajome County Park is an oasis of marshes, creeks, ponds, and lakes tucked into bustling east Oceanside. The park offers several miles of trails, a campground, two day use areas with picnic tables and playground equipment, fishing, and hiking, all within 30 minutes of most of North County. While the rest of the county bakes during the summer, cool ocean…

read » November 25, 2014
glendale peak

Hike Glendale Peak

Glendale Peak is one of those hidden-in-plain-view gems: an easily reachable peak with stellar views that – for some reason – seems to go overlooked by most hikers who generally keep trudging past the short side-trail on their way to Mount Hollywood. But on a clear day, Griffith Park hikers can see sweeping vistas from the San Gabriels all the…

read » November 25, 2014

Film Review: Wild

I had a chance to attend a screening of the new film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s popular Pacific Crest Trail memoir Wild last week along with a Q&A with star and producer Reese Witherspoon and producer Bruna Papandrea. Hikers and fans of the book have been excited about the prospect of a film version of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir and I’m…

read » November 24, 2014
no parking runyon canyon

Valet Parking at Runyon This Weekend

KPCC reports that upstart smartphone valet service Curbstand will be offering $5 parking at the Fuller Avenue entrance of Runyon Canyon, one of the most popular hiking destinations in Los Angeles ($4 if you tag the company’s social media accounts on a post of your own). The service will be available from 9AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday only,…

read » November 21, 2014

Photo Friday – November 21, 2014

On this week’s Photo Friday, we’ve got some wonderful images of trail work, scenes from one of the toughest hikes in Southern California, and even a bit of winter to usher us into the Holiday Season. First up we’ve got Kat Talley-Jones‘s shot of some tough-looking trail work on the Gabrielino Trail on the north side of Mount Wilson, which…

read » November 21, 2014

Hike Hazard Peak via Islay Creek

This loop hike takes you up the backside of Hazard Peak, via Islay Creek and the Barrance connector trail.  Since there is very little shade over these 9 miles it’s advisable to get an early start.  There are three distinct sections on this hike: a flat stroll up Islay Creek, a steep climb and ridge ramble on the Barrance Trail,…

read » November 11, 2014
Bridge to Nowhere

Is the Bridge to Nowhere Bungee Illegal?

Over the weekend, several readers wrote into Modern Hiker concerned about a seemingly last-minute addition to a Los Angeles County zoning plan that would change the zoning of Bungee America’s 50 acres of private land in San Gabriel Canyon (an area popularly known as the Bridge to Nowhere) from Agricultural to Commercial. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled…

read » November 11, 2014

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