Fall Foliage Hikes

And you don't even have to leave California!

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Hitting the trail to the world's 10th highest peak

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Cloud's Rest

Happy 125th birthday to one of the greatest American national parks!

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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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Hiking La Tuna Canyon

If you’re looking for a trail with a bit of that “off the beaten path” feel but still wouldn’t mind keeping an eye on civilization from its vista points, the La Tuna Canyon Trail is a good bet. This meandering 4.3 mile trail provides some decent elevation gain in sections and a surprising variety of scenery — from deep, shaded…

read » October 9, 2015

Find Your Park Expedition Gears Up

This weekend, I’ll be joining seven other outdoorsy media types for the National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park Expedition. As part of the prep, they spent yesterday asking the internets some questions about their National Park experiences, why these places are important to us, and how we can help expand that experience to more people. Some of the highlights are…

read » October 8, 2015
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Help Protect California’s Desert

If you’ve ever spent time in the California desert, you know that it’s a special place. Vistas stretch far beyond the imagination, offering the humbling feeling of being a very tiny part of a very expansive world. Towering cliffs and plunging canyons provide history-soaked fodder for adventure. Coyotes howl in the night, jackrabbits dart around in the shimmering sun, and…

read » October 8, 2015
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Hike South Lake to Long Lake

Craving postcard-worthy Sierra views, but don’t have the time (or perhaps, the inclination) to haul a backpack deep into the wilds? Then you’ll likely enjoy this short, but insanely sweet jaunt to Long Lake via the Bishop Pass Trail out of South Lake, where you’ll find yourself almost immediately surrounded by massive granite peaks and shimmering alpine waters. While this…

read » October 8, 2015
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Hike Mt. Baden-Powell via Islip Saddle

For most hikers, the trip up to Mt. Baden-Powell involves a relatively straight-forward switchbacking route up from Vincent Gap. This popular 4 mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail marches crookedly up the northeast side of the peak, and on any given weekend, a fairly steady steady stream of dayhikers and backpackers can be found making their laborious ways to the summit.…

read » October 7, 2015
Cloud's Rest

Hiking Cloud’s Rest

Here’s a quiz for you (and no Google. We’ll know. We see you): 1. What is the second tallest peak on the planet? 2. What’s the second tallest peak in the Sierra Nevada? 3. What’s the second tallest peak in Africa? 4. What’s the second tallest peak in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.   Give up? I did.…

read » September 30, 2015
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Re-Visit the Griffith Park Teahouse

Did you miss a chance to visit the (in)famous Griffith Park Teahouse on Taco Peak this summer? Now, with the help of virtual reality, you can visit again and again, any time you’d like. The beautiful but illegally constructed teahouse was clandestinely put up overnight in late June, 2015, becoming – quite literally – an overnight sensation. Modern Hiker was…

read » September 25, 2015
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Hiking the Ute Trail

In the colder months, the Winter Park Resort in the town of the same name is Colorado’s oldest continuously-operating ski resort. More recently, the area has also been opening up to mountain cyclists in the summer as Trestle Bike Park. The park operates miles of biking trails of various difficulties, as well as family-friendly activities like an alpine sled, mini…

read » September 22, 2015
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Nepal – Annapurna Summit Day

The sixth in a series on hiking the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal with Active Adventures. Depending on the weather and your arrival time at Machhapuchare Base Camp, you’ll either take a crack at Annapurna Base Camp right after you arrive (and have a bite to eat) or early the next morning to catch the sunrise. Our group was feeling…

read » September 21, 2015
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Hiking with Your Dog: Tips for a Safe Adventure

I am blessed with two beautiful dogs: Big-Lu, my 16 year old shepherd mix and Little-Lucy, my 4 year old terrier mix. Big-Lu has been hiking and backpacking with me for the past 10 years, while Little-Lucy is just getting started with 3. These pups love hiking just as much as I do, and seeing them so happy on the…

read » September 21, 2015

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