Mr. Andre's Outdoor Art

Is a famous street artist painting in Joshua Tree?

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Winter Climbing Mt. Washington

Ever wonder what it's like to climb the home to the world's worst weather in the dead of winter?

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Hike with Us!

Join us for our free March Go Hike LA event in these beautiful Valley hills.

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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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Hiking the Victory Trailhead Loop

In the late 1990s, executives at the now-defunct bank Washington Mutual had its eyes on a nearly 3,000 acre tract of ranch land in the western San Fernando Valley near Calabasas, Simi Valley, Woodland Hills, and Agoura. The land was formerly owned by the Ahmanson Family, one of the most influential families in the history of the Los Angeles area.…

read » March 4, 2015
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Winter Climbing on the Home to the World’s Worst Weather

Suddenly, like electricity sparking in my muscle, my leg started to seize. My mind locked for a moment; it was not just a mental game now, my body was shutting down. The freezing wind across my lap dropped the temperature to where the muscles were unable to contract on command and lift my whole body with each step. I raised…

read » March 4, 2015
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Product Review: Greenbelly Meal Bars

Anyone who’s camped or backpacked with me knows one thing: I am not good at camp cooking. I have been known to carry extra gear to get someone else to cook meals or subsist on granola, various bars, and maybe some freeze-dried meals to avoid having to come up with a backcountry recipe – and now I have another tool…

read » March 3, 2015
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Photo Friday – February 27, 2014

It’s the end of another work week, which means we’re all itching to find a new trail, lace up our boots, and hit the trails. Fortunately for Southern California, it looks like we’re going to get a little rain over the next few days. That doesn’t mean you can’t go hiking, it just means you get to dig that winter…

read » February 27, 2015
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Is Mr. Andre Tagging in Joshua Tree?

A Modern Hiker reader contacted me last night, alerting me to the feed of street artist Andre Saraiva (Mr. Andre). On Andre’s Instagram feed, the well-known street artist appears to have spent some time in Los Angeles before heading out to the desert, partially to enjoy the setting of Joshua Tree. Unfortunately, one of his posts dated February 25th, Mr.…

read » February 27, 2015
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Boden Canyon

It was turning out to be a lousy day. Things weren’t going well at my job. I was tired and cranky. I was experiencing the post vacation blues. My head hurt. Everything bugged me. As I commenced my hour-long commute thinking dark thoughts, I pulled over on the side of Highway 78 at the east end of Clevenger Canyon, through…

read » February 26, 2015
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Go Hike L.A.: Upper Las Virgenes

We know it’s a little last-minute, but we just nailed down the final details for our March Go Hike L.A. event. On March 8th, we will celebrate springing forward with an extra hour of daylight at the Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve! Join Modern Hiker and naturalists from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for a moderate hike around…

read » February 25, 2015
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New Modern Hiker Shirts in Stock

Good news for the sartorially-minded hiker — the Modern Hiker shop on Adayak just launched a brand new design for shirts this morning, detailing just about everything you need to file a day under the “successful” category – eating, sleeping, and hiking. These slick tops are available in both men’s and women’s sizings in a variety of colors and currently…

read » February 25, 2015
Turnbull Canyon Puente Hills

Hiking Turnbull Canyon

Between the cities of Whittier and Hacienda Heights, roughly bordered by the Pomona Freeway, Orange Freeway, and the 605, lies a low, small member of California’s transverse mountain ranges known as the Puente Hills. The Hills are dotted by a sprawling system of parks and open spaces that provide easily accessible beauty and outdoor recreation for its citizens, and it…

read » February 24, 2015
Lower Doane Valley

Hiking Lower Doane Valley and French Valley

If you are looking to take a vacation from the dry, shrubby, bouldery interior of San Diego County, but you do not have several days to travel to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the cool forests of Lower Doane and French Valleys will provide the ultimate getaway. These pine-rimmed meadows bordered by a spring-fed creek are entirely out of place in…

read » February 23, 2015

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