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Fall Foliage in California

Our best trails for leaf-peepers

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Your Selfies are Safe

Is the FS going to charge you $1500 for photos? Probably not.

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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

Ahnu Coburn Boots

Ahnu Coburn Boots Review

On the Quick: Style: Mid-height Waterproof: Yes Pros: Lightweight, breathable, secure-feeling, and great-looking. Cons: A little stiff on the first run – will need to be broken in. Best for: Day hikes and backpacking, people who crave foot-security. Retail Price: $165 (can sometimes be found for less on Amazon or Moosejaw) The Ahnu Coburn is a mid-height boot suitable for…

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Katadyn Water Filter Ultralight

Katadyn Hiker Microfilter Review

On the Quick: Weight: 11oz Dimensions: 7.6” x 16.5” x 6.1” Capacity (gal/L): ~ 200 / ~750 Output (gal/L): ~ 1 quart/min / ~ 1 L/min Type: Activated Carbon MSRP: $74.95 – but can often be found cheaper. At the time of writing, Amazon is listing this item at $56.70 Available from: REI and Amazon. Note: Katadyn recently released Katadyn…

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Photo Friday – October 17, 2014

It’s time for another boost of photographic inspiration to get you through the last day of the work week and off into the weekend. First, some residual late-summer inspiration from Kat Sanchez while hiking on the trail to Mount Lowe. Kat is also planning a Plant Community Walk near Whittier to point out all the useful native and non-natives that grow…

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monument peak

Monument Peak via Desert View Picnic Area

Rising up like a 6,000′ tall frozen wave threatening to crash over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the Laguna Escarpment features some of the most spectacular views anywhere in Southern California. The Pacific Crest Trail runs along the edge of this escarpment while offering access for numerous side trails to some of the 6,000′ peaks dotting the highest part of the…

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guatay mountain

Hike Guatay Mountain

Weighing in at 4,875′, Guatay Mountain comes a few hairs and a stepstool short of being counted into the 5,000′ club like its nearby siblings in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Unlike these other nearby peaks, Guatay Mountain boasts one of the last remaining old growth populations of Tecate cypress, a now rare tree that was once far more common prior…

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Chaco Holbuck Boots

Chaco Holbuck Boot Review

On the Quick: Style: High top Waterproof: Yes Pros: Extremely comfortable, surprisingly light on the feet Cons: May heat your feet a bit on hot days Best for: Cool weather or wet trails, longer day hikes or backpacking trips, winter sports Retail Price: $150   Most people are familiar with Chacos for their interestingly-tanning sandals and flip flops, but the…

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Kwaay Paay Peak

Hike Kwaay Paay, Mission Dam, and Kumeyaay Lake

This choose-your-own adventure hike through the north section of Mission Trails Regional Park visits a rare patch of native grasslands, a dam constructed by Spanish missionaries, a short but sharp peak ascent, and a lake occupying what was once a military base. Any one of these destinations can make a satisfying hike on its own, but taken together they form…

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Photo Friday – October 10, 2014

There’s already a lot of great outdoors news today, but still – who couldn’t use a little dose of outdoor photography to get them ready for the long weekend? First up in this week’s Photo Friday is Purvi, who captured some of that California Fall Color we’ve been going crazy about this week. There’s still time to catch some good…

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Hike with Modern Hiker in Anza-Borrego

Here at Modern Hiker, we love the desert – and one of our favorite places is the Anza-Borrego Desert northeast of San Diego. Not only does it have an incredibly varied landscape, beautiful wildflower displays in the spring, and the weird human history you’d expect from a remote desert, but it’s also just a wonderful place to explore. Anza-Borrego Desert…

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Hike Parker Lake

Parker Lake is one of the smaller lakes near the June Lake Loop, but while foliage-seeking tourists will flock to the easily accessible aspen groves of June, Gulf, Silver, and Grant Lakes, for a tiny bit more effort hikers can enjoy the absolutely stunning views at the end of the Parker Lake Trail. There is a handful of trails I…

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