Biggest Stories of 2014

From Forest Service fees to National Parks graffiti sprees, these were the biggest stories this year.

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Best Hikes of 2014

100 trails entered, but only 10 can be the most popular of the year.

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Best L.A. 'Hoods for Hikers

Did yours make the list?

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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 Going On With Casey Nocket?

For those of you who don’t know, in addition to writing about the outdoors I’ve also got a good 11 or so years of television writing and producing under my belt. Most of the time during those years was working on daily, live shows that covered news and viral trends. I’ve probably seen hundreds of web sites, videos, and memes…

read » December 18, 2014

Biggest Stories of 2014

2014 was a big year for Modern Hiker – we started off with a big site redesign, added some amazing new voices to the site, and I started the first strides to making it my full time job. A few months later, there was a crew from Good Morning America in my living room. So, yes – 2014: weird. We…

read » December 18, 2014

Best New Hikes of 2014

Modern Hiker added more than 100 new trails to our ever-growing database in 2014, from tropical canyons in Hawaii to ancient Aztec pyramids in Mexico and impact craters in remote Utah. We certainly have our favorites in that group, but we also wanted to see which trails you liked best – so here are the 10 most visited trail write-ups…

read » December 17, 2014

5 Best L.A. Neighborhoods For the Urban Hiker

L.A. is not your ordinary metropolis. Yes, it has a thriving downtown that is an undeniable concrete jungle. But surrounding L.A.’s teeming urban core are some of the most picturesque naturescapes in the country. What makes L.A. such an extraordinary spot for the outdoors lover is the fact that so many of these wilderness areas are easily accessible from the…

read » December 15, 2014
Chuckwalla Bench

Dividing the Desert

Most travelers on the 10 east of Indio probably don’t notice much of their surroundings while they’re on the road. Heading east or west at 80 miles an hour (maybe 75 when California Highway Patrol is visible), sand and hills rocket past as the irregularly spaced off-ramps become rarer. Maybe you notice the blackened husks of old, dead palm trees…

read » December 15, 2014
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Help Save Sturtevant Camp

Deep in Santa Anita Canyon, Sturtevant Camp stands as a reminder of the so-called Golden Age of Los Angeles. From the 1890s through the Great Depression, thousands of Southern Californians rode the Red Cars into Sierra Madre and Altadena, then hiked or rode horses (or funicular railways) further into the mountains to the old great hiking resorts. Hiking in the…

read » December 15, 2014

Photo Friday – December 12, 2014

It’s Friday and it’s raining. We hope a). your home hasn’t been flooded or washed away in a mudslide and b). that you’re ready to go out and get your boots muddy this weekend to take advantage of those killer clear skies! In honor of our winter storm, we’re going to kick things off with some snowy shots – first,…

read » December 12, 2014
Cholla Cactus Garden

Cholla Cactus Garden

Welcome to Joshua Tree’s most dangerous hike!  It’s not rugged trails or exposed ridges that make this trail so treacherous; it’s the Teddy Bear Cholla that you need to watch out for.  Ironically this is exactly the reason why you should absolutely stop here and stroll through this casual 1/3 mile garden trail.  As you are walking be aware that…

read » December 11, 2014

8 Years of Our Best Hikes

Today is Modern Hiker’s 8 year anniversary, which officially makes it “Super Crazy Old” in Internet Years. To celebrate, I went through the archives of our hike write-ups and chose one that brought back some good memories from each year. As you can imagine, this was a tough call. Thank you all for continuing to read, comment, and share this…

read » December 10, 2014
Bow Willow Canyon

Hiking Bow Willow and Rockhouse Canyons

Bow Willow and Rockhouse Canyons, along with the two rugged trails that connect them, combine to form one of the more interesting and adventurous loops on the southern end of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. In addition to the stark, scenic beauty of the canyons and ridges between them, this hike also features the historical oddity of an old rock line…

read » December 8, 2014

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