Grand Canyon: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

Set your sights on one of the great American wilderness experiences

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Resolution in the Mr. Andre Saga

Mr. Andre has paid an undisclosed fine for recent vandalism

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Citizen P-22

A great shirt for a great cause

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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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Fee Free Weekend in the National Parks

Hatching a last-minute adventure plan for the weekend? You might want to consider heading out to celebrate the kickoff of National Park Week, a joint venture between the National Park Service & the National Park Foundation that runs from April 18-26. Not only are the parks offering an assortment of awesome activities and volunteer opportunities, but they’re also waiving entrance fees this Saturday &…

read » April 17, 2015
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Resolution in the Mr. Andre Saga

Joshua Tree National Park published a news release yesterday describing the outcome of the Mr. Andre saga, in which well-known street artist Andre Saraiva paid an fine of an undisclosed amount to the U.S. District Court after vandalizing park property in February of 2015. The park’s investigation determined that Mr. Saraiva vandalized park property at one site within the park…

read » April 15, 2015
South Kaibab Trail

Hike the Grand Canyon: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

The Grand Canyon is a massive gorge carved by the Colorado River into a high plateau in Northern Arizona. This iconic landmark is perhaps the most famous natural feature in the United States, and for many hikers, a trip into the canyon is a memorable, possibly even essential experience. While there is a fine network of trails that hug the relatively cool,…

read » April 15, 2015
Thunder Ridge

Hiking the Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat Loop

The Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat Loop is the second of a trio of short hikes within Palomar Mountain State Park. Each of these loops is included in a larger and more comprehensive loop through the park. However, since not everybody is keen on a nearly 9 mile loop, these smaller loops offer a more digestible “taste” of the park while visiting…

read » April 15, 2015
Corte Madera Mountain

Hike Corte Madera Mountain

Corte Madera Mountain is a fine introduction to the Pine Creek Wilderness, which occupies a substantial portion of Cleveland National Forest’s Descanso District south of Interstate 8. While the most prominent feature of the wilderness is Pine Valley Creek and its attendant canyon, Corte Madera and its sister peak Los Pinos Mountain form high points from which to survey the…

read » April 13, 2015
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Hiking the Hacienda Hills

There are many popular and quite lovely trails in the Puente Hills Preserve – and it’s a place I highly recommend visiting, especially if you’ve overlooked this region for the San Gabriel or Santa Monica Mountains on your quest for Los Angeles area hiking. Of the trails I’ve done so far, however, this route in the Hacienda Hills stands out.…

read » April 10, 2015
powder-canyon

Hiking Powder Canyon

Lying partially in the Puente Hills Habitat Authority lands and partially in Los Angeles County’s Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park, this loop through Powder Canyon takes you through some beautiful woodland areas and into a canyon cutting through the Puente Hills before turning around and climbing back over the hills. More popular with equestrians (there are centers and corrals at…

read » April 9, 2015
West Butte Borrego Mountain

Hiking West Butte Borrego Mountain and The Slot

I recently conducted an extremely non-scientific poll in a Facebook hiking group about why there aren’t more people out hiking in the desert. Right here in Southern California we have two of the most spectacular desert regions – Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Joshua Tree National Park – in the country. The rich variety of experiences offers as much or…

read » April 6, 2015
citizen-p22

Benefit Wildlife in Style

Looking to wear your love of local Los Angeles wildlife on your sleeve (or maybe, more literally, your chest)? Our friends at Runyon Canyon Apparel have finally restocked their P-22 Citizen tees, and mine is fast becoming a favorite in my wardrobe rotation. Like all of the Runyon shirts, these are wicking performance tees that are great on the trail…

read » April 6, 2015
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BOOK REVIEW: Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro At 300 Pounds

Mount Kilimanjaro is no joke. Despite being widely regarded as the “easiest” of the Seven Summits – that famed collection of continental highpoints – it’s still no stroll in the hills. While it doesn’t demand any technical skill, Kili will make you dig deep: there’s the rollercoaster terrain, the extreme altitude, and the mound of ever-shifting ball-bearing scree you slowly…

read » April 3, 2015

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