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Thousand Island Lakes

A high Sierra classic on the PCT

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Rattlesnake Ledge

Beautiful views and an alpine lake within striking distance of Seattle

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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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Hike Thousand Island Lake

The Sierra Nevada hosts some of California’s most jaw-dropping scenery and as you can imagine, its Ansel Adams Wilderness is no slouch in the good looks department. In an area absolutely crawling with gargantuan snow-draped peaks and stunning sunlit watering holes, where iconic views and epic vistas are a dime a dozen, perhaps none are as universally revered as sparkling…

read » August 27, 2015

Product Review: NOKA Superfood Blends

On the Quick Pros: Portable, delicious, resealable Cons: Not yet widely available, a bit pricey per unit Best for: People who dream of snacks where portability, nutrition, and taste coexist Retail Price: $3.49 per pouch NOKA Superfood Blends are the tasty brainchildren of two adventurous Southern Californians who conjured up the idea for portable smoothies while biking through the…

read » August 26, 2015
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Hiking Green Mountain Trail to Big Meadows

For an easier trail introduction at Rocky Mountain National Park, the Green Mountain Trail to Big Meadows has a lot to love. It’s accessible from the usually less-crowded western entrance, has some truly beautiful scenery, can be a nice jumping-off-point for larger adventures, and doesn’t have a ton of elevation gain … which is nice when you’re still acclimating to…

read » August 26, 2015
Black Mountain summit through morning mist

Hiking Black Mountain

Mountaintops are pretty hard to come by on the heavily-developed strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and Highway 15 in San Diego County. Most of the non-developed topography is dominated by a series of shallow canyons, coastal bluffs, and tidal lagoons. The few hills through this region, such as Mt. Soledad or the bluffs at Torrey Pines, provide nice…

read » August 26, 2015
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Hiking Fossil Falls

Fossil Falls is a great opportunity to get out of the car and stretch your legs when driving up Highway 395. This easy trail winds through rough basalt rock for 0.25 miles, eventually ending at the site of an old waterfall. The bedrock of this dry fall has been carved into a swiss cheese pattern by the old river. Look…

read » August 25, 2015

Nepal – Arrival in Kathmandu

The first in a series on hiking the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal with Active Adventures. Nepal – for travelers of all kinds, the small Himalayan country usually ends up on a “must do” list of one kind or another. For historians, the oldest country in South Asia has the highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the…

read » August 25, 2015

Perk Prices Reduced!

Our campaign is now 10 days in and we are very happy to report that we have raised $12,548! That amounts to 31% of what we need to meet our fundraising goal and deliver the site we’ve always wanted to make for you and a fast and easy way to find your new favorite trail – no matter where you…

read » August 25, 2015

The Longest Straw

In terms of water, the drought is getting all the headline space right now — but California’s water woes existed well before this current dry spell. The upcoming documentary The Longest Straw examines the precarious water system we have here in the Golden State, as well as how it affects people all over California — even though many people may take it…

read » August 24, 2015
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Hiking Rattlesnake Ledge

When the weekend hits, the last thing on most people’s minds is getting up before the sun. Trading in the comforts of bed for a cold, muddy trek up the side of a mountain is something that has to be experienced in order to be understood. There’s just something so surreal about hiking in the early morning hours, when the…

read » August 24, 2015
View from the top of Horsetooth Rock

Hike Horsetooth Rock

With so many day hikes to choose from near Denver, it can be pretty overwhelming to pick just one. Although there are endless networks of hikes west of the Mile High City, the north also has a lot to offer. Venture up Route 25 for about an hour and you’ll be in Fort Collins. The northern area of the Colorado…

read » August 20, 2015

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