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National Parks vandalism Instagrammed

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Why You Should Care

Yes, the National Parks Vandalism story is a big deal - but you can turn it into something positive

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Seasonal Spookiness

Try these 7 haunted hikes in L.A. for a different kind of thrill

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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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Why the Creepytings National Parks Vandalism is a Big Deal

I’m sure by now you have all heard of the Instagram user Creepytings. Its owner, a woman by the name of Casey Nocket, apparently went on a road trip through Western National Parks and – unfortunately – appears to have left a long trail of graffiti in her wake. We here at Modern Hiker broke the story first and we’ve since become…

read » October 23, 2014
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7 Haunted Trails in Los Angeles

The pumpkins are out on porches and supermarkets are being flooded with fun-sized candies, which means Halloween is right around the corner. But what if your idea of a spooky good time involves fewer costumes and more time out in the woods? Well worry not, because L.A. has more than its fair share of ghostly history for you to hike…

read » October 22, 2014
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“Art” in the Parks

This morning, our friend Rebecca at Calipidder alerted us via a Facebook post to a woman named Casey Nocket who had traveled to the west coast from New York for a few weeks. Ms. Nocket had been enjoying her time in the outdoors so much that she decided to document her trip on Instagram. And apparently Nocket was so moved by…

read » October 21, 2014
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Hike Wooded Hill

The Laguna Mountains Recreation Area offers a massive network of trails that allows the hiker to piece together tremendous loops encompassing soaring desert views, cool pine forests, vast meadows, and rugged hillsides. But not every worthwhile hike in the Lagunas is an epic, nor is every worthwhile hike directly connected to the network. The most notable exception is the nature…

read » October 21, 2014
Ahnu Coburn Boots

Ahnu Coburn Boots Review

On the Quick: Style: Mid-height Waterproof: Yes Pros: Lightweight, breathable, secure-feeling, and great-looking. Cons: A little stiff on the first run – will need to be broken in. Best for: Day hikes and backpacking, people who crave foot-security. Retail Price: $165 (can sometimes be found for less on Amazon or Moosejaw) The Ahnu Coburn is a mid-height boot suitable for…

read » October 20, 2014
Katadyn Water Filter Ultralight

Katadyn Hiker Microfilter Review

On the Quick: Weight: 11oz Dimensions: 7.6” x 16.5” x 6.1” Capacity (gal/L): ~ 200 / ~750 Output (gal/L): ~ 1 quart/min / ~ 1 L/min Type: Activated Carbon MSRP: $74.95 – but can often be found cheaper. At the time of writing, Amazon is listing this item at $56.70 Available from: REI and Amazon. Note: Katadyn recently released Katadyn…

read » October 20, 2014
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Photo Friday – October 17, 2014

It’s time for another boost of photographic inspiration to get you through the last day of the work week and off into the weekend. First, some residual late-summer inspiration from Kat Sanchez while hiking on the trail to Mount Lowe. Kat is also planning a Plant Community Walk near Whittier to point out all the useful native and non-natives that grow…

read » October 17, 2014
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Monument Peak via Desert View Picnic Area

Rising up like a 6,000′ tall frozen wave threatening to crash over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the Laguna Escarpment features some of the most spectacular views anywhere in Southern California. The Pacific Crest Trail runs along the edge of this escarpment while offering access for numerous side trails to some of the 6,000′ peaks dotting the highest part of the…

read » October 17, 2014
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Hike Guatay Mountain

Weighing in at 4,875′, Guatay Mountain comes a few hairs and a stepstool short of being counted into the 5,000′ club like its nearby siblings in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Unlike these other nearby peaks, Guatay Mountain boasts one of the last remaining old growth populations of Tecate cypress, a now rare tree that was once far more common prior…

read » October 16, 2014
Chaco Holbuck Boots

Chaco Holbuck Boot Review

On the Quick: Style: High top Waterproof: Yes Pros: Extremely comfortable, surprisingly light on the feet Cons: May heat your feet a bit on hot days Best for: Cool weather or wet trails, longer day hikes or backpacking trips, winter sports Retail Price: $150   Most people are familiar with Chacos for their interestingly-tanning sandals and flip flops, but the…

read » October 15, 2014

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