Aliso and Woods Canyons

History, geology, and shaded canyons in Orange County.

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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Meeting Exceeds Capacity

A highly anticipated meeting about the proposed monument turns away hundreds.

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The Vital Link Trail

A steep, short trek in Burbank

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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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Aliso and Wood Canyon

Hike Aliso and Woods Canyons

      One of Orange County’s most popular and accessible trails is also one of its most beautiful and diverse. The 3,789 acre Aliso and Woods Canyons Regional Park in Aliso Viejo features riparian woodlands, grassy meadows, rolling hills, views of the Santa Ana Mountains and Laguna Canyon, and sandstone caves all within a short drive from most of…

read » September 2, 2014

Photo Friday – August 29, 2014

If you’re thinking about making another pot of poor-quality coffee and spending more time staring out the window than getting work done, then it’s probably time for another Photo Friday. This week’s winners should give you some great inspiration for hitting the trail on this long weekend. First up is a highly topical post from Evatronic, who put her Jon…

read » August 29, 2014
Sunrise over Amman, Jordan

I am #Omniten Documentary Trailer

Way back in 2012, I was chosen to participate in Columbia Sportswear‘s first #omniten program – an untested and very experimental program where they chose 10 outdoor writers and athletes from various backgrounds and locations and brought them to Sedona and the Grand Canyon to test out gear a season early. More than just a simple brand ambassador program, the ten…

read » August 28, 2014

Hike the Observatory Trail

Beyond its beautiful forests and meadows, Palomar Mountain is most famous for its Observatory. Established in 1928, the Palomar Observatory contains several telescopes, including the 200” Hale Telescope, which is open for visitation from 9am to 4:30pm. The campus, which is beautiful in itself, is operated by the California Institute of Technology. More importantly though (at least for our purposes),…

read » August 28, 2014
Forest Service Officials

First Meeting for San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Exceeds Capacity

Hundreds of people trying to attend the first meeting on the proposed San Gabriel Mountains National Monument were prevented from entering the building, as the 410-person venue had reached capacity before the event had even begun. San Gabriel Mountains Forever – the coalition responsible for much of the push to increase protection for the San Gabriel Mountains, whether it be…

read » August 27, 2014

Happy 98th, Park Service!

Today is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service, so Happy Birthday, NPS! They’re referring to today as Founder’s Day and not only is it a Fee-Free Day, but they’re also hosting celebration events all week long. On the Modern Hiker Twitter and Facebook feeds, we’ve been celebrating by sharing some of our favorite trails in each of the 12…

read » August 25, 2014
Point Loma Lighthouse

Hike the Bayside Trail at Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument occupies the southernmost tip of Point Loma and includes a monument and historical information dedicated to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (“discoverer” of California in 1542), well-preserved historical landmarks including the old Point Loma lighthouse, military buildings used as part of Southern California’s defense system during World War 2, tide pools, and the 2.2 mile Bayside Trail. This area…

read » August 24, 2014

Photo Friday – August 22, 2014

The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time to put away those dress shoes and get those hiking boots ready for some action! I will say, it’s definitely getting more and more difficult to pick winners for the Photo Friday each week. You’re all doing an awesome job taking trail photos showing off the great hiking here in California…

read » August 22, 2014

Hike the Vital Link Trail in Wildwood Canyon to Verdugo Mountain

Just across the L.A. River Basin from Griffith Park, lie the Verdugo Mountains, a small member of the fault-created east-west Transverse Ranges. Like Griffith Park, the peaks and valleys of the Verdugos provide a variety of outdoor activities to the residents of Glendale, Burbank, and the Valley neighborhoods on its northern boundaries – but unlike Griffith Park, this small range…

read » August 22, 2014
Cowles and Pyles

Hike Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak

Cowles Mountain is hardly a secret to San Diego hikers. This easily accessible, moderately challenging peak can be reached from several different directions, and it offers the best views (marine layer permitting) of downtown San Diego county. In fact, the peak is the dead opposite of a secret, as the summit can be crowded with visitors at any given time…

read » August 20, 2014

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