Happy Birthday, NPS!

The Park Service Turns 100 years old this weekend.

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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

Get outside, San Diego!

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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 Multnomah Falls

First thing’s first – you are not ever going to have this trail to yourself. Multnomah Falls is the most visited recreation site the Pacific Northwest, with more than 2.5 million people visiting each year on average. Just to put that into perspective, the entirety of Glacier National Park received 2.3 million visitors in 2015 — and here, the vast…

read » August 30, 2016

3 Ways to Fight the Spread of Invasive Species

A few years ago, I took a trip to New Zealand to hike around the South Island. It was a phenomenal adventure that I had been looking forward to for years, and the week before my plane left I spent every evening taking all of my hiking and outdoor gear out of my gear closet and meticulously scrubbing every tread,…

read » August 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, National Park Service – and Thank You

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. The first National Park – Yellowstone – predated the Park Service by 44 years. Others followed, managed individually by local groups or in some cases by the U.S. Army. Once the Antiquities Act passed into law in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt exercised his new powers to declare National Monuments to…

read » August 25, 2016

Storm from Weather Underground is a Powerful Weather App

As someone who spends a significant amount of time outside, odds are you probably pay a bit more attention to weather reports and forecasts than your Average Joe Coworker. Beyond filling the time with idle small talk at the water cooler, weather reports can have a huge affect on our trail time plans … and many times, those weather conditions are more…

read » August 24, 2016
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5 Great Day Hikes Just Off the PCH

One of the most famous drives in the world, the Pacific Coast Highway (or PCH to locals) runs from the 5 in Dana Point north to the 101 in Oxnard, passing beautiful beaches, coastal peaks, famous seaside towns like Malibu, and more than a few places to pick up some fried calamari, too. It’s an amazing destination for a road…

read » August 23, 2016
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Hiking Lahaina Pali

Before the arrival of Europeans, ancient Mauians needed to find a way around a particularly rugged stretch of coastline dominated by sea cliffs, jagged lava outcrops, and rough surf. If one of these Hawaiians was not lucky enough to know somebody willing to lend a canoe, they’d have to find another way to get around this inhospitable terrain. The early…

read » August 22, 2016
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New Monument Plan Encourages Diversity and Access

This week, the Forest Service released the much-anticipated Environmental Analysis of the new Draft Management Plan for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, a 199-page in-depth document detailing an environmental assessment of the 346,176-acre Monument designated by President Obama via the Antiquities Act in October of 2014. And on first glance, the new Management Plan seems to be an incredibly…

read » August 19, 2016
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Product Review: Outdoor Research Realm Jacket

On the Quick: Outdoor Research Realm Jacket Style: Breathable, waterproof shell Weight: 10.9 ounces Pros: Lightweight, windproof, waterproof, breathable Cons: No women’s cut, expensive Best for: Backpacking, climbing, mixed weather conditions, sweaty people Retail Price: $279 There are a lot of things I’ve done with $280: buy plane tickets to New Orleans, assure myself another month’s worth of health coverage,…

read » August 17, 2016
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Hiking the Berry Creek Falls Loop

Deep in the heart of California’s oldest state park lie a trio of waterfalls crashing into grottos shaded by towering redwood trees. The popular Berry Creek Falls loop visits these waterfalls via a moderately difficult loop passing through pristine, old-growth redwoods nestled into the large basin that lends this park its name. Big Basin lies in the western half of the Santa…

read » August 12, 2016
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Hike the White House Ruins in Canyon de Chelly

This three mile trip from the rim to the floor of the canyon stops near the famous White House Ruins and is the only trail in the entire Canyon de Chelly National Monument that can be hiked without a Navajo guide or Park Ranger. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is a unique unit of the National Park Service for several…

read » August 11, 2016

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