Eagle Rock

Hike to a stunning PCT landmark

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Best Summer Hikes

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Jordan Documentary

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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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Hiking Eagle Rock

Out in the hinterlands near Warner Springs, the Pacific Crest Trail traverses some wild and lonely country before coming upon one of the most blatantly anthropomorphizable (is that a word?) natural features in the state, if not the country. The large granite rock pile known as Eagle Rock looks so ridiculously and obviously like an eagle that none of the…

read » September 23, 2014

Hipcamp Makes Finding Campsites Easy

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to book a camp site in a California State Park lately, but it’s not always the most – shall we say “user-friendly” experience. The web sites are often clunky or broken and the information they provide isn’t always complete – nobody likes booking a camp site then pulling into the reserved spot to…

read » September 22, 2014

Photo Friday – September 19, 2014

It’s time for another Photo Friday to kick start your weekend, which means it’s time for me to feature four great new images from Modern Hiker readers. Once again, the #modernhiker tag on Instagram is becoming a really fun place to browse wonderful outdoor photography. Let’s kick things off with mathieusarah, who was planning on going surfing but decided to…

read » September 19, 2014
Syncline Loop Trail

Hiking the Syncline Loop Trail

“Warnings” are the name of the game on the Syncline Loop Trail. Most topo maps will make special note of the trail’s condition, stating things like “Primitive Trail” and “Difficult to Follow.” Signs near the trailhead echo that language with capital letters that spell out “WARNING.” Indeed, this is not a trail to be taken lightly. I have done some…

read » September 19, 2014

Hiking the Chesler Park Loop in Canyonlands

If you’re in the mood for some terrain and rock formations that will make you think you’re on another planet, this loop in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park via the Chesler Park and Joint Trails needs to go on the top of your to-hike list ASAP. This 10.4 mile loop takes you into some of the most seemingly…

read » September 19, 2014

Hiking Dead Horse Point State Park

Just outside of the outdoor Mecca of Moab, squeezed next to the larger and generally busier Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park lies tiny Dead Horse Point State Park. It could be easy to overlook this 5300-acre park for the bigger name attractions nearby, but doing so would deprive you of some of the best views of…

read » September 18, 2014
cascade in icehouse canyon

15 Best Summer Hikes in Southern California

In our previous post – 9 Rules for Hot Weather Hiking – we told you all of our favorite tips for still getting outside in Southern California during miserable late summer heat waves. But – as with most hiking experiences – your choice of trail has the biggest impact on your hiking experience. If you’re up for hiking in the heat,…

read » September 18, 2014
Anza-Borrego State Park 007

9 Rules for Hot Weather Hiking

For most places in the country, summer is probably the best time to get some good hiking done. Clear, sunny skies, vacation time, and long daylight hours can all mean a great, full day spent on the trail … but here in Southern California summer can often feel like the worst possible time to go outside, let alone hike. Those same…

read » September 18, 2014

Hiking Cave Spring in Canyonlands

Cave Spring is a short, relatively easy trail in the Needles District that will give you an idea of the region’s ancient and modern history as well as a surprisingly great spot to take in the full vastness of the Canyonlands. The trail begins at the end of a short section of dirt road that’s easily navigated by 2WD vehicles…

read » September 18, 2014

Hiking the Roadside Ruin in Canyonlands

Just beyond the Needles District Visitor Center (open daily 8AM to 6PM but closed early December through February) is the Roadside Ruin Trail. It’s the first official trail in the National Park you’ll come across and – because it’s nice and easy – is a great place to get out of your car to give your legs a stretch before…

read » September 17, 2014

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