In honor of Veterans’ Day, National Parks and Forests all across the country will be waiving entrance fees in their final Fee-Free Weeekend of 2012. That includes Sequoia, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite National Parks as well as the Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland, and Los Padres National Forests, so there’s no excuse not to tackle a good trail this weekend!

If the low costs weren’t enough to encourage you, the recent rainstorms here in SoCal should – the mountains out here are absolutely STUNNING in the day or two after a rain – the chaparral and California bay are fragrant, the air is crisp and cool, and the views seem to go on forever. Here’s a view from a trip I took to Sandstone Peak the day after a rain, just to give you an idea:


For a bit of inspiration, here’s a post I did a while back on some of the best post-rain hikes around Los Angeles – so get out there and hike! And thank a veteran while you’re at it!

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Casey Schreiner

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Modern Hiker
Since founding Modern Hiker in 2006, Casey's writing has appeared in Backpacker, Adventure Journal, the REI Blog, and Sierra Trading Post's Social Hub.

He has also been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press, as well as in documentaries for Columbia Sportswear and the OTIS College of Art and Design.

Casey was one of eight people chosen by the National Parks Foundation to participate in the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition. His first book "Day Hiking Los Angeles," will be published by Mountaineers Books in 2016.

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on November 9, 2012

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