Pohono Trail

An epic trail, legendary views, and few crowds

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Agua Tibia Loop

A tough trek through one of SoCal's most beautiful wilderness areas

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Tepozteco Pyramid

A short, steep hike to a 500 year old pyramid in central Mexico

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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


Backpacking Yosemite’s Pohono Trail

  Have you ever been asked if you’d rather have the power of flight or the power of invisibility and found it difficult to decide between the two? With Yosemite’s Pohono Trail, you don’t have to choose – you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the famed Yosemite valley and beyond, along with the kind of solitude that makes you feel…

read » July 24, 2014
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Win a NYNE Mini Bluetooth Speaker

We recently posted our review of the NYNE Mini bluetooth speaker and talked about how much we liked it for those outdoor adventures when you could use a little light background music. The folks at NYNE were nice enough to send us two – but we don’t need both so we decided to share the spoils with you! Since we’re…

read » July 23, 2014

Product Review: NYNE Mini

As a hiker, I am mostly against the use of headphones or music on the trail. Unless you’re doing an out-and-back and the way back is a bit on the boring side – or if you’re climbing up something like the 99 Switchbacks in the middle of the day and just want a bit of extra juice in your legs –…

read » July 23, 2014
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Hike Mount Woodson

Of the four loosely defined geographic regions in San Diego County, the region between I-15 and the Peninsular Ranges probably gets the highest visitation and use. This is due to its accessibility to the heavily populated coast in addition to a wealth of different hiking opportunities. Many of the county’s iconic hikes, such as Iron Mountain, Mission Hills, Daley Ranch,…

read » July 22, 2014

Hike the Agua Tibia Loop in Cleveland National Forest

I don’t often like to get into comparisons between San Diego and our bolder, brassier, and eminently more congested neighbor counties to the North, but the one thing that San Diego County seems to lack in comparison with Los Angeles, San Bernadino, and Riverside Counties are those gut-wrenching, knee-busting, quad-scorching climbs into the higher elevations. It’s true that San Diego…

read » July 21, 2014

Photo Friday – July 18, 2014

Well, I take one week off to go traveling and I’m flooded with awesome photos from readers when I get back. That’s not a bad way to come home! It looks like you’ve been pretty busy lately – we’ve got hiking snapshots from all over California this week, starting with David Reskin‘s beautiful Crescent City sunset. Next, Recosgrove spent some…

read » July 18, 2014

Hiking Tepozteco National Park

There aren’t too many places where you can find a trail that will kick your butt with elevation gain, bring you to the ruins of a 500-year-old religious complex, and drop you off right next to a market filled with unbelievably delicious, cheap, hand-made food but the village of Tepoztlán in the state of Morelos is such a place. Easily…

read » July 18, 2014

Hike Bell Canyon in Caspers Wilderness Park

When thinking about SoCal’s five major counties and their respective natural treasures, the one that always seems left out is Orange County. Not only is Orange SoCal’s smallest county, it is also its most thoroughly developed in terms of acreage devoted to man-made features. For anybody who has ever spent a long afternoon on the 405 in Costa Mesa, it might…

read » July 17, 2014

Three Peaks Challenge at Adventure 16

If you’re looking for a way to get a good workout, add some elevation to your life, and win prizes and social media fame, then you may be interested in Adventure 16′s Three Peaks Challenge. The Challenge tasks participants to hike Southern California’s three tallest mountains – San Antonio, San Gorgonio, and San Jacinto (a.k.a. the Three Saints) with several…

read » July 17, 2014

Hike Tahquitz Peak

Tahquitz Peak, sometimes known simply as “Tahquitz,” is a prominent peak crowning the South Ridge that hems Idyllwild into large bowl of Strawberry Valley. The peak features a National Forest fire lookout, and is the focus of Native American legend. The climb is a relatively moderate peak-bagging experience that offers tremendous views over the Inland Empire, the Desert Divide, the…

read » July 16, 2014

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