Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak

One of the most popular hikes near San Diego

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Teotihuacan Pyramid

Climb one of the world's largest pyramids

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Portuguese Bend

A rugged coastal trek on Palos Verdes

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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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Cowles and Pyles

Hike Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak

Cowles Mountain is hardly a secret to San Diego hikers. This easily accessible, moderately challenging peak can be reached from several different directions, and it offers the best views (marine layer permitting) of downtown San Diego county. In fact, the peak is the dead opposite of a secret, as the summit can be crowded with visitors at any given time…

read » August 20, 2014
Skilift at Mountain High

Win A Season Pass from Mountain High

We here at Modern Hiker started out our site with the mission of letting the world know more about Southern California’s surprisingly little-known hiking trails … and we’re betting a lot of those people who think the best hiking in SoCal is a dirt path from a parking lot to an In-N-Out register would also be surprised to find out…

read » August 20, 2014
Santa Anita Canyon looking at the foothills

Obama Asked to Make San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

Talk about moving at the speed of government. Since 2005, people have been working toward making the San Gabriel Mountains a National Recreation Area instead of a National Forest. A National Park Service study from that year through 2009 yielded some inspiring conclusions – as the NPS put forward three proposals for new National Recreation Areas that ranged from nearly…

read » August 19, 2014

Product Review: The Ultralight Sublite Tarp Tent

  On the Quick: Sleeps: 1 Weight: 19.5oz Floor Area: 20sqft Interior Height: 42in Length: 86in Width: 42in MSRP: $209 Available From: As an Ultra-Lighter, I’m always doing whatever I can to shed any extra weight from my pack,  from trimming tags to eradicating luxury items. But despite all the little tricks I use to cut ounces here and…

read » August 18, 2014

Photo Friday – August 15

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the late post – this is coming to you live from the Portland Airport, where I’m catching up on some work after spending the last few days with the Columbia Sportswear Omniten following the premiere of our Jordan documentary (more on that soon!). This week’s Photo Friday is one big hug to the fantastic photographers…

read » August 15, 2014

Hike Teotihuacan National Park

If you’re even remotely interested in history, Mexico City has something for you. The site has been inhabited by advanced civilizations since 1325 and by the time the first Europeans stumbled into the region, the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan had somewhere between 100 and 200 thousand people living within its fully planned borders. However, just north of Tenochtitlan, the even more…

read » August 12, 2014

Hike Portuguese Bend Reserve to Sacred Cove

If you dream of traveling to Big Sur, but don’t want to load the mileage on your car, here’s your consolation prize: a local getaway to sweeping ocean vistas, towering craggy cliffs, and churning teal seas via a six-mile round trip from the top of Palos Verdes’ Portuguese Bend Reserve to sea level at Sacred Cove. Visible from high points…

read » August 11, 2014

Hike Alta Peak and Alta Meadow in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest comprises an area of about 1,800 acres and features many of the park’s main attractions, including Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, and Moro Rock. Add to this about 3.8 miles of trail leading to Tokopah Falls, and the attractions most visitors to Sequoia National Park see can be contained within about 2,200 or so acres. However, Sequoia…

read » August 8, 2014

Photo Friday – August 9, 2014

If you’re in an office counting down the minutes until you get to lace up your hiking boots for the weekend, odds are it’s time for another Photo Friday. This week we had more excellent submissions of outdoor photos from around the web. It’s getting tougher and tougher to pick favorites! First up is frequent contributor Jon Bradley, who captured…

read » August 8, 2014

Hike Monarch Lake and Sawtooth Pass in Sequoia National Park

If you are looking for creative ways to torture your quads, calves, and hamstrings, have I got the hike for you. Sawtooth Pass (and its eponymous peak) offers the chance to climb nearly straight up a 45 degree slope through scree so loose that it could double as styrofoam packing peanuts – while hiking in full sun with no tree…

read » August 7, 2014

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