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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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Storm from Weather Underground is a Powerful Weather App

As someone who spends a significant amount of time outside, odds are you probably pay a bit more attention to weather reports and forecasts than your Average Joe Coworker. Beyond filling the time with idle small talk at the water cooler, weather reports can have a huge affect on our trail time plans … and many times, those weather conditions are more…

read » August 24, 2016
Malibu Lagoon

5 Great Day Hikes Just Off the PCH

One of the most famous drives in the world, the Pacific Coast Highway (or PCH to locals) runs from the 5 in Dana Point north to the 101 in Oxnard, passing beautiful beaches, coastal peaks, famous seaside towns like Malibu, and more than a few places to pick up some fried calamari, too. It’s an amazing destination for a road…

read » August 23, 2016
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Hiking Lahaina Pali

Before the arrival of Europeans, ancient Mauians needed to find a way around a particularly rugged stretch of coastline dominated by sea cliffs, jagged lava outcrops, and rough surf. If one of these Hawaiians was not lucky enough to know somebody willing to lend a canoe, they’d have to find another way to get around this inhospitable terrain. The early…

read » August 22, 2016
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New Monument Plan Encourages Diversity and Access

This week, the Forest Service released the much-anticipated Environmental Analysis of the new Draft Management Plan for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, a 199-page in-depth document detailing an environmental assessment of the 346,176-acre Monument designated by President Obama via the Antiquities Act in October of 2014. And on first glance, the new Management Plan seems to be an incredibly…

read » August 19, 2016
OR Realm Full Body

Product Review: Outdoor Research Realm Jacket

On the Quick: Outdoor Research Realm Jacket Style: Breathable, waterproof shell Weight: 10.9 ounces Pros: Lightweight, windproof, waterproof, breathable Cons: No women’s cut, expensive Best for: Backpacking, climbing, mixed weather conditions, sweaty people Retail Price: $279 There are a lot of things I’ve done with $280: buy plane tickets to New Orleans, assure myself another month’s worth of health coverage,…

read » August 17, 2016
Berry Creek Falls

Hiking the Berry Creek Falls Loop

Deep in the heart of California’s oldest state park lie a trio of waterfalls crashing into grottos shaded by towering redwood trees. The popular Berry Creek Falls loop visits these waterfalls via a moderately difficult loop passing through pristine, old-growth redwoods nestled into the large basin that lends this park its name. Big Basin lies in the western half of the Santa…

read » August 12, 2016
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Hike the White House Ruins in Canyon de Chelly

This three mile trip from the rim to the floor of the canyon stops near the famous White House Ruins and is the only trail in the entire Canyon de Chelly National Monument that can be hiked without a Navajo guide or Park Ranger. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is a unique unit of the National Park Service for several…

read » August 11, 2016
Sugar Pine Trail

Hiking the Sugar Pine Trail

This moderate looping hike features the world’s tallest pine, the sugar pine. As the trail follows the southern rim of the Giant Forest Plateau between Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow, you’ll see numerous examples of this graceful tree. You’ll also enjoy sweeping views from Bobcat Point, a stop at Crescent Meadow, and a beautiful pond along Crescent Creek. Giant Forest…

read » August 10, 2016
Good To Go rainbow

REVIEW: Good To-Go Backpacking Food

Once upon a particularly dreadful time, my pathetic backpacking dinner menu consisted of pouched tuna and potato flakes, or freeze-dried meals that left a bad taste in my mouth…and digestive issues in their wake. I fart – I mean, fear no more, because in addition to my much-improved backcountry culinary skills, there now exists a line of portable meals that…

read » August 9, 2016
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Big Pine Lakes and Palisade Glacier via Sam Mack Meadow

An exceptionally beautiful route for day hiking or backpacking, this trek along the North Fork of Big Pine Creek passes several stunning alpine lakes and offers numerous opportunities for idyllic backcountry wilderness camping as well as several more strenuous technical routes to nearby peaks and the Palisade Glacier. It’s no secret that the Eastern Sierra is not short on jaw-dropping…

read » August 2, 2016

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