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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I have personally chosen what I consider to the be the Best Hikes in L.A.. You can also check out my full list of TRAIL WRITE-UPS for Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond. There’s something for everyone!

Junipero Serra Peak



Modern Hiker is home to an active and engaged community of outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. From pre-work trail runners to day-hikers, backpackers, car campers, rock climbers, National Parks junkies, family strollers, mountaineers, yogis, and everything in between – we all have found that special, unnamable bond that comes from enjoying being outside.

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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.

Shawnte on the summit of Kilimanjaro

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.

Photograph of Scott Turner

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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  • Hi, I just wanted to say what a great website, absolutely love it! I have done a load of camping and trekking in Australia and have always wanted to explore the US and your website has made me want it even more! Cheers, Janelle, SpaTap Australia

  • scmallay says:

    I like your trail reports. Good details any trekker can appreciate.

  • Love your site and congrats for your listing in USA Today! Great job!

  • I love your blog! Hiking in LA has become a hobby for me, and your blog helped me create my hiking bucketlist ;) Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  • Karen says:

    I stumbled upon your blog. I love hiking and exploring new trails. I live in Los Agneels and have done many hikes in the Santa mOnica Mountains. Now my friends and I like to do the different hikes in the San Gabriel mountains.

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  • Vanessa says:

    Please make your app modern hiker for android!!!

  • Liz says:

    I moved to LA last year and have been using this site as a serious resource. You like hiking and online roleplaying? Probably the most epic, contradicting expertise imaginable! Thanks for the great information and spreading the gospel of the outdoors.

  • Amy Packer says:

    Casey – Great site! I found it while doing research on other hiking blogs. We’re working on transitioning our blog about hiking in Tennessee into a more useful site so looking for the good sites that are out there. You’ve done a great job of organizing a lot of information in a way that’s not cluttered or overwhelming. It’s a great resource. I’m sure a lot of love has gone into it. Congrats on building a great site!

  • Connie says:

    Your blog is awesome! I have lived in LA all my life and recently got into hiking. Never knew there were SO MANY trails in Southern California. Keep up the hiking, and thanks for sharing all this great information!

  • Catherine says:

    Hiya, I’m an avid fan of the MMO Report and reading some of your articals has proswayed me to try out hiking. I love the out doors and I’ve done abit of solo hiking but I can’t find anywhere near me to try out. I live in Northwest Indiana and all we have is pretty much flat lands. Although I do try and go out to our dunes and enjoy the sunlight its over run with teenage (I’m not that old but they are annoying) partyers that sit in one spot all day and drink. They leave the park a mess every time they leave. So I’ve been on the look out for new hiking spots. If you have any information of where there is any good spots around here I’m all ears.

    Thanks and all gamers arn’t fat lazy slobs omg!

  • Mr.Black says:

    Just wanted to say Great site and I will visit often! Im from Lake Arrowhead originally and spent a good thirty years enjoying exploring and learning in CA,NV,NM,AZ and as far as other sites Ive seen of CA outdoors…they might as well just hit
    Keep up the good work and have fun!

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