Today marks the 6th birthday for Modern Hiker, the day I bought a .com and spun off the trail writing I’d been doing on a personal blog into this little web domain. Since then, I’ve written up over a hundred hikes around Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond, welcomed over a million unique visitors to the secret world of L.A. hiking, written 1,100 posts, led charity hikes, been featured in publications I love, been lucky enough to have a few sponsored hiking trips and – most importantly – met a lot of amazing people along the way.

Modern Hiker from early 2007

The site has definitely changed quite a bit from the way it looked and felt back in its early days, but throughout these past six years my mission has always been the same: to get Angelenos informed and excited about the wilderness in our backyards. I want to sincerely thank every single one of you who’s ever read a post, shared the blog with your friends, left a comment or sent me an email. You guys make all of this work worthwhile, and every time I get a note from someone who’s just starting to discover all the amazing hiking around here, I just can’t help beaming.

On another note, I should have a bit more time to devote to the site next year (as the TV show I write for is going away). I’m still formulating a bunch of early year travel plans that include the Trans-Catalina Trail and a grand tour of the National Parks of Utah. I also have a long list of Modern Hiker projects I’ve been keeping on the back-burner, and I’m excited to finally have the time and energy to get them done.

So again – thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, thanks for commenting – and stay tuned! There’s great stuff on the way!

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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, the REI Blog, Adventure Journal, and Sierra Trading Post's Social Hub. He was in Columbia Sportswear's inaugural #OmniTen program and was featured prominently in their documentary "I Am #OmniTen."

His stories for Modern Hiker have brought regional and national attention, and have been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press.

Casey is also an award-winning television writer-producer, and was Series Producer of pivot's TakePart Live and Head Writer of G4's Attack of the Show.
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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on December 10, 2012

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