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

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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
Sitton Peak

Hike Sitton Peak

One of the better kept secrets in Southern California hiking is the presence of a large Federal Wilderness tucked between Ortega Highway, the semi-rural town of Fallbrook, and sprawling Camp Pendleton Marine Base. This wilderness protects the nearly pristine San Mateo Canyon watershed, which offers numerous hiking and backpacking adventures. Much of the wilderness is difficult to access due to…

read » November 10, 2014
Valencia Peak

Hike Valencia Peak in Montaña de Oro State Park

Valencia Peak is the 2nd highest point in Montaña de Oro and the most attainable.  This trail maintains a steady but comfortable grade over the 1150 ft climb to the summit, which makes it an approachable hike even for beginners. Start from the parking lot just south of Spooners Cove.  Turn left at the junction with Rattlesnake Flats Trail, one-tenth…

read » November 10, 2014

Photo Friday – November 7, 2014

Well, I have one word for everyone – wow. In response to the ongoing Casey Nocket / Creepytings National Park Graffiti nonsense, I wanted to try to take all the anger and frustration people were feeling and turn that into something positive for the parks and open spaces we all love so much by inspiring people to get their hands…

read » November 7, 2014
Quarry Cove

Hiking the Bluff Trail at Montaña de Oro State Park

Montaña de Oro’s Bluff Trail is a sanctuary of observation and discovery.  Visit this trail at different tides, times, and surf conditions for a variety of very unique and worthwhile experiences.  One day you might see surfers riding an incoming swell, and the next you may find thousands of tidepool creatures going about their business during a low tide.  Either…

read » November 7, 2014

L.A. County’s New Trails Page Debuts

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to search for trail info on county park sites, but let’s just say the experience can leave you somewhat … empty-handed. Thankfully, it seems L.A. County is finally getting around to fixing that. As part of an ongoing effort to make it easier to find information about outdoor recreation, Los Angeles County just…

read » November 6, 2014
Photo by Scott Turner for Modern Hiker

Hike San Onofre State Beach

Ordinarily, I don’t consider a walk on a Southern Californian beach to be a hike. Most of the time, SoCal’s beaches are highly developed both commercially and residentially. While the ocean view is always a wonderful outdoor experience, the rest of the scene remains squarely in the middle of civilization without any flora, fauna (outside of the seagulls), or other…

read » November 6, 2014

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