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We've rounded up everything you need to know where they're blooming, what they are, and even how to grow them!

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Worsham Canyon

A beautiful and surprisingly solitary trek in the Puente Hills

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REI Instameet

Join us at the Audubon Center at Debs Regional Park for a sunset hike

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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


What’s Next for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?

The auditorium at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center was packed to capacity last night for a presentation and short question-and-answer session titled “San Gabriel Mountains National Monument – What’s Next?” Organized by the Sierra Club, the event aimed to get people up to speed with the new National Monument so far and give a glimpse into some of the plans…

read » March 26, 2015

Hiking Worsham Canyon

Less than a mile from the trailhead to the very popular (and often overcrowded) Turnbull Canyon lies the inconspicuous trailhead for the Elderberry Trail. It can be very easy to miss – the sign isn’t terribly visible from the road, it’s placed at a sharp hairpin turn, and odds are you won’t find many other cars parked there. But this…

read » March 26, 2015

Meet the 52 Hike Challengers

One of the primary goals of Modern Hiker is getting people outside, exploring the trails and parks that may literally be hiding in plain sight right in their backyards, so when we started seeing Instagram photos from our readers tagged with the 52 Hike Challenge hashtag, we had to investigate further. The idea behind the Challenge is simple – hike…

read » March 25, 2015
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How to See Yosemite’s Natural Firefall

If you know about Yosemite National Park, then you know the countless iconic places within the park; Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Glacier Point, and many others. There is however one thing that gets left out nearly all the time, the naturally occurring Firefall that takes place on the Eastern side of El Capitan during the month of February.…

read » March 23, 2015

Photo Friday – March 20, 2015

If you’re watching the seconds tick down until the weekend, that means it’s time for another Photo Friday here on Modern Hiker. We’re going to start things out with an absolutely beautiful shot from Diana, who took a little one with her to the Antelope Valley for this incredible image. She said this image is from the end of Avenue…

read » March 20, 2015
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Hike Natural Bridges National Monument

Well off the beaten-path, Natural Bridges National Monument may not be on your must-visit list of Colorado Plateau destinations, but it is definitely worth a visit. Declared in 1908, this small park system unit was the first National Monument in Utah – but was reachable only by three day horseback ride from Blanding, Utah until paved roads reached the area…

read » March 19, 2015
Culp Valley

Hiking the Culp Valley Loop

With some of the most developed and popular areas of Anza-Borrego State Park located around the town of Borrego Springs, many visitors find themselves driving down the winding, slightly terrifying, but always spectacular Montezuma Valley Road to reach their destination. This road drops over 3,000′ through the San Ysidro Mountains from the community of Ranchita to the main commercial area…

read » March 18, 2015

Cleaning Mount Everest

Part 2 of 2 (read part one here) SAVING MOUNT EVEREST IS SAVING MOUNT EVEREST Mt. Everest has earned the nickname “World’s Highest Garbage Dump” because of how difficult it is to clean up trash on the world’s highest mountain. Project Saving Mount Everest (SME)’s goal was the largest cleanup of the mountain in history, but the program did much…

read » March 17, 2015
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Best Wildflower Resources for Southern California

When spring rolls into town, the trails we love to hike often take on a completely different character. Hillsides turn from brown to green, dormant trees start stretching their leaves out from buds, and ephemeral explosions of wildflower color dot the landscape and disappear like fireworks in the fields. This is the time of year when your botanist and naturalist…

read » March 17, 2015
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REI Sunset Hike Instameet

We are very excited to announce a joint event with our friends at REI – a sunset Instameet at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. Join REI and Modern Hiker on Saturday, March 28th from 6 to 8 PM for an easy, 1.5-mile hike from the Audubon Center to Peanut Lake. Along the way, we’ll soak in the beautiful SoCal sunset…

read » March 16, 2015

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