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Fall Foliage in California

Our best trails for leaf-peepers

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GoLite Jam 70

A great entry-level UL backpack

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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


Hike the Firebreak Trail to Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is one of the most popular attractions in Griffith Park and there is no shortage of ways to get to it. You can drive right up to it and brave the madhouse of free parking, take the Observatory Shuttle on the weekends, or travel on foot via a variety of trails or fire roads. There’s an approach for…

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Hike the East Griffith Observatory Trail

There are probably dozens of ways to get to the excellent Griffith Park Observatory – one of the most popular attractions in Griffith Park. This route details just one of the well-traveled fire road routes that will take you to its beautifully restored doors. If you’re approaching the Observatory from below, there are two main trails most people take. Very…

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Hike the West Griffith Observatory Trail

One of the most popular trails to one of the most popular attractions in Griffith Park, the West Observatory Trail shouldn’t be overlooked just because you’re not likely to find solitude on it – it’s a great way to get to some beautiful viewpoints and an excellent route for getting a little outdoor time – either as a quick jaunt…

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Piedras Pintadas

Piedras Pintadas and Bernardo Bay

The Piedras Pintadas and Bernardo Bay Trails combine together to form an oddly shaped but nevertheless enjoyable loop hike along the shores of Lake Hodges. Both trails have separate and distinctive characters, with Bernardo Bay featuring up-close views of the lake along with the large variety and volume of waterfowl, in addition to nice views of nearby Bernardo Mountain. Piedras…

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double peak

Double Peak

Double Peak is an easily accessed, moderate peak offering great views over North County, coastal San Diego, and toward East County. In addition to a healthy climb and good views, Double Peak boasts a nice park at the summit, complete with picnic benches, a few trees for shade, a free viewfinder, and flush toilets. Double Peak does not have the…

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Golite Jam 70

GoLite Jam 70L Backpack Review

On the Quick Weight: 1lb 15oz Capacity: 70l Design: Frameless Totally Carrying Weight: 30lb Maximum MSRP: $129.99 Available From: Whenever someone asks me about how they can start getting their pack lighter, I first ask them what kind of pack they have. In my opinion, ultralighting starts with the pack. Your average pack weighs roughly three and a half…

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Photo Friday – September 26, 2014

With the first week of fall in full swing and the first areas of California hitting peak foliage this weekend (we’ve got three trails for you in Bishop Creek Canyon, by the way), I’m hoping to see some more colorful foliage shots in Photo Friday next week … but to give everyone some time to trek up to the Sierras…

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Hike Treasure Lakes

The Bishop Creek area just west of Bishop, California is an incredibly picturesque alpine canyon filled with cabins, tiny villages, and aspen groves that absolutely explode with color at the beginning of the foliage season. Even without the golden tinge of aspen, it’s a beautiful area to visit – filled with beautiful trails and lots of room to stretch out…

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north lake fall foliage

North Lake Road Fall Foliage

If you’re on a quest for fall foliage, you’re probably going to end up in Bishop Creek Canyon. Located in the Sierra Nevada just west of the town of Bishop, this charming, quiet region has extensive aspen groves that are reliably colorful in the early fall – and in fact are usually some of the first places to hit peak…

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The Forest Service Won’t Charge You $1500 for Photos

You’ve no doubt seen the blog posts and outrage showing up in your social media feeds lately – a new Forest Service proposal is going to charge everyone a $1500 permit fee to take video or still photography in Federal Wilderness Areas! If they catch you without a permit, you’ll get charged $1000 per violation! What about the Free Speech…

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