Fall Color

Get on the trail to see some beautiful fall foliage

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Eastern Sierra Nevada

Summer is the perfect time to explore the "Range of Light"

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San Diego County

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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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Recent Blog Posts


Hike to Black Mountain Lookout

As we have witnessed more and more over the past few decades, Southern California is an extremely flammable place. Every year between Memorial Day and early December, drought, winds, and heat turn shrubs and woodlands into potential tinderboxes. All it takes is one spark in a field of dry, non-native grasses, and before we know it, 50,000 acres have burnt,…

read » September 26, 2016

Hiking Boynton Canyon

The red rock box canyon of Boynton is considered one of the most scenic in Sedona … which, if you’ve spent some time gawking at the rocks in Sedona, you know is really saying something. For visitors to the Arizona town, Boynton is a great choice because it doesn’t require any backcountry driving to reach — but for locals it…

read » September 23, 2016

Meeting the Raleigh Merit 2

A few weeks ago, the team at Raleigh contacted me to see if I would be willing to give a new bicycle a few fair shakes around the city of Los Angeles. I really try to leave my car at home as much as possible. Partially because street parking in my neighborhood is kind of a nightmare, but also partially because…

read » September 22, 2016

Hiking Long Canyon

A beautiful trek into red rock canyon country that keeps a slow but steady climb, Long Canyon is a great mid-length day hike near Sedona. You’ll pass some surprising riparian vegetation and head into ponderosa pine country. The keen-eyed may spot Sinaguan ruins and petroglyphs, while the vibrationally-tuned may tap into the storied Long Canyon Vortex. The trail to Long…

read » September 21, 2016
Big Baldy Ridge

Hiking Big Baldy Ridge

This prominent north-south trending ridge divides the Redwood Canyon and the Stony Creek Canyon along the boundary of Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Forest. The ridge gets its name from the large, barren exfoliation dome at the southernmost point of the ridge. From the summit of Big Baldy, you’ll gain a spectacular view across two major watersheds, several western…

read » September 21, 2016
Lost Lake

Hike the Lost Lake Trail

The Lost Lake Trail is a classic hike in Colorado. It’s also one of those “all around” hikes, not too long, not too difficult, and the scenery is the iconic stuff Colorado is made of. This makes it a very popular hike in the warmer months, but it is also a great trail for snowshoeing in the winter. It’s not hard…

read » September 20, 2016
Pipiwai Trail

Hiking the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls

The Road to Hana is one of those quintessential Maui activities that, along with whale watching or watching the sunrise from Haleakala, every visitor feels obliged to do. This 64.4 mile drive along Maui’s northeast shore winds in and out of countless gullies, passing waterfalls and ocean vistas. For most people, the drive is the highlight itself, since the town of…

read » September 20, 2016
Cahuilla Mountain

Hiking Cahuilla Mountain

Standing aloof from the forested ridges and mountaintops bounding Anza Valley, the rugged, wooded heights of Cahuilla Mountain offer superb views, backcountry camping, meadows, wildflowers, and an unexpected forest of pines and black oaks. The peak lies within the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness overseen by San Bernadino National Forest. Three to fours times a year, I head out to the Idyllwild area…

read » September 19, 2016

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Regional Park

One of the most exciting new parks in Southern California is a dump. Literally. Well, it used to be a dump. First opened in 1957, the Puente Hills Landfill eventually had the dubious distinction of being America’s largest and deepest landfill before closing its doors in 2013. The facilities slowly became greener after an agreement in 1987 that directed the landfill…

read » September 16, 2016
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Hike the Long Logs Trail to the Agate House

Walk through one of the largest concentrations of petrified wood in the park to the base of a 700-year old 8-room home constructed with the ancient logs. The Long Logs trail takes you along an ancient logjam, where years of floods and mudslides buried a pile of conifer trees, which eventually became one of the areas inside Petrified Forest National…

read » September 15, 2016

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