Modern Hiker is Southern California’s oldest and most-read hiking blog. It provides free trail write-ups and detailed information on hundreds of trails for Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond. Better than any hiking guide, these write-ups give you directions to the trailhead, photos and videos of the trails, GPX files for your GPS device, and Google Earth files so you can do some at-home 3D reconnaissance before you make your way to the trailhead. Modern Hiker also highlights gear reviews, narrative outdoor writing, volunteer opportunities, and relevant news.
Modern Hiker has been logging local trail miles since 2006 and has since become an important voice for L.A. hiking. It has been cited by numerous local institutions as a source of expert information, and is included as a recommended resource in the print edition of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Los Angeles, San Diego and Southern California. Our GPS tracks have been included in Backpacker Magazine and our write-ups have earned Modern Hiker places at the Gore-Tex Outdoor Blogger Summit, Columbia Sportswear’s OmniTen program, Terramar‘s Tribe program, sponsorship from Honda, a featured writer position on the Sierra Trading Post Social Hub, and as an expert for EveryTrail guides and the Know What mobile app.
In 2013, Modern Hiker and its companion smartphone app were nominated for L.A. Weekly Web Awards for Best Sports Blog and Best City App, and in 2014 the Modern Hiker App was named a “Must Have L.A. App” by TimeOut Los Angeles. That same year, USA Today honored us by naming us one of the Top Ten Hiking Blogs in the country.
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Modern Hiker is run by its editor and founder, Casey Schreiner. A New England transplant, Casey has been hiking the trails of Southern California since 2004. When not writing about the Great Outdoors, Casey is also a seasoned television producer. He was Head Writer on G4′s “Attack of the Show” and a producer for its entire run, the host and co-writer of the Webby Award-honored video podcast “The MMO Report,” and the Series Producer of the pivot network’s TakePart Live. Casey has also worked with GameTrailers on their live coverage of the E3 convention, as well as projects with NatGeo and the Science and Entertainment Exchange. He can be reached at casey at modernhiker dot com.
Los Angeles-based contributor Shawnté Salabert spends her days licensing music, her evenings drumming up words, and the rest of her time dreaming up and diving into as many adventurous shenanigans as humanly possible (see: Year Of The Scout). Over the past year, she climbed Kilimanjaro, took a solo journey through Zion National Park, peed next to a herd of wildebeest, drank exceptional amounts of pinot noir, picked up her first hitchhiker, milked a goat, and spent a lot of nights happily tucked inside a sleeping bag. In case you’re wondering, she’d pick Survivorman over Bear Grylls any day of the week. She can be reached at shawnte at modernhiker dot com.
San Diego Contributor Scott Turner is a Los Angeles native transplanted to the slightly less crowded freeways of San Diego. After moving down to be with his wife, he set out to explore, photograph, and document as much of this vast, diverse county as possible. When not traipsing through the bushes, Scott works as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern for a school-based program providing individual and family therapy to elementary school children. Scott hopes to study Nature Therapy to combine passion and profession. He can be reached at scott at modernhiker dot com.
Bram Johnson has been trekking the back country since he was young. He grew up overseas and has traveled the world but now calls this little town of Los Angeles home.When he’s not negotiating the perils of the entrepreneurial world, he’s in search of the next great hidden gem in the wilderness. Three years ago he fell in love with ultralight backpacking and hasn’t looked back since. With a base weight of 11.5 pounds, he’s always look for a new way to shed a few extra ounces. He can be reached at bram at modernhiker dot com.
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Note: Due to changing traffic conditions, road construction, State and Local park, US Forest Service and National Park Service policies and weather and climate issues including wildfires, natural disasters, and other unforeseeable changes, Modern Hiker does not assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of directions and trail conditions. I have made every effort to document the condition of the trails as accurately as possible when I first hiked them, but trail conditions (and in some cases, the entire trails themselves) are likely to change over time.
Modern Hiker does not accept liability for your personal safety on any of the trails described. Modern Hiker is a researching resource for you but should not be your sole source of information when hiking. Recreation in the outdoors is done at your own risk.