Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

Enjoy a brilliant display of orange California Poppies at this State Park. It's at peak color, so go now!

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Saddleback Butte State Park

A fun desert climb in the midst of a spectacular wildflower bloom. Go now!

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South Mount Hawkins

An exhilarating 11.6 mile loop through secluded wilderness deep in the San Gabriels.

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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

A view from the ruins of the fire lookout on South Mount Hawkins

Hiking South Mount Hawkins

South Mount Hawkins is a prominent peak deep in the San Gabriel Mountains. With commanding views of San Gabriel Canyon to the south, Sheep Mountain Wilderness to Mount Baldy to the east, and past Twin Peaks and the front range to the west, it’s easy to see why this peak had a fire lookout tower on it for so long.…

read » April 24, 2014
Reflection in the rear glass plate of the 2015 Honda Fit

Test Driving the 2015 Honda Fit

I’ll admit it – I’m not much of a car guy. Bells and whistles are nice, but I’m mostly just concerned with a car’s ability to get me from point A to point B. And considering point B is often a trailhead at the end of a twisty mountain or desert road with no cell phone reception, that car had…

read » April 22, 2014
The scarf's design

Earth Day Hike with Mayor Garcetti

If you wanted to celebrate Earth Day with the mayor in one of the country’s largest urban parks, join Councilman Tom LaBonge and Mayor Eric Garcetti in Griffith Park at 11AM on April 22. Mayor Garcetti will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act – one of the most important pieces of outdoor legislation in the world – before…

read » April 20, 2014

Photo Friday – April 4, 2014

If the day on the calendar starts with the letter ‘f,’ that means it’s time for another Photo Friday. It’s tough to make cacti look cuddly (unless you’re looking at cholla), but Keri Zehm‘s shot near Riverside’s Box Springs Mountain does a fantastic job of it. Mikey Le hiked to Cucamonga Peak through rain, snow, and hail to get this…

read » April 4, 2014
Broken Hill at Torrey Pines State Reserve

Hiking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve consists of two parts – a gorgeous state beach with an epic backdrop of wind-and-rain sculpted badland cliffs; and a reserve of one of North America’s rarest trees – the Torrey Pine – on a network of trails that meander through those badland cliffs. Both sections of the park are extremely popular – especially on…

read » April 3, 2014
A stylized cutout view of the first official omnigames video

First Official Omnigames Video and a Thank You

Columbia Sportswear just posted the first of many videos from the OmniGames competition I participated in back in January. It’s a fun little three minute piece that shows off some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting – and yours truly cutting some FLAWLESS pizza wedges after Heidi Henry sets me up perfectly with the…

read » April 2, 2014
Information on the Modern Hiker One Day in L.A. Hike

More Info on the One Day in L.A. Hike

On Saturday, April 26th, I invite you to join me on the trail to Echo Mountain as part of the documentary project One Day in L.A.. I met with the producers of this ambitious project a few weeks ago and I really dug their mission. They want to capture the state of American cities right now and catch a glimpse…

read » April 1, 2014
Palomar Mountain at sunset

Hiking Palomar Mountain State Park

Ask the average person what they envision when it comes to outdoor San Diego, and you’re likely to hear about long, sandy beaches stretching endlessly under bluffs studded with Torrey Pines. Or, you might hear about sun-blasted boulders protruding out of a carpet of chaparral on the way up to the summits or Iron Mountain or Mt. Woodson. Or perhaps…

read » March 31, 2014
WTC - Snow Camp

Staying Found with the WTC: Snow Camp

Despite the rest of the country being stuck in a state of everlasting permafrost, we’ve been left high and dry here in California. After attempting to learn snowshoeing and other winter skills in the dirt during a recent trip to dusty Mt. Pinos, I crossed my fingers until they doubled back, wishing and hoping for a bit of magical mountain…

read » March 25, 2014

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