Casey Nocket Pleads Guilty

The National Parks vandal has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service in the National Parks

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Breaking Adventure Pass Ruling

Now you'll need the ubiquitous passes in far fewer places

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Waterton Lakes

The "Canadian side" of Glacier NP has TONS to offer hikers with passports

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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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Review: adidas Terrex Solo

On The Quick: adidas Terrex Solo Style: Low-cut hybrid approach shoe Pros: Lightweight, comfortable, attractive, grippy Cons: Low-profile lugs don’t grip well in loose terrain Best for: Light hiking, scrambling, light climbing, casual wear Retail: $120 While many hikes stick to obvious groomed trails, there are some treks that get dive into more adventurous territory, including light scrambles over rocky…

read » June 30, 2016
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5 Must-Do Trails for Great L.A. City Views

We all enjoy great wilderness treks. They’re a chance to leave our civilized lives behind, complete with email inboxes, status notifications, and location check-ins. But every once in a while, we may want to stay a bit closer to the city. Maybe you’ve got a brunch to hit up or friends to visit, or maybe you’re just itching for an…

read » June 29, 2016
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Hike Grassi Lakes

A beautiful hike through a dense forest to a pair of beautiful emerald lakes sitting at the edge of an ancient reef. Located just outside of the town of Canmore and reachable via a fun but moderately strenuous trail or an easier fire road ascent, this route is popular with day hikers and rock climbers alike. Grassi Lakes is part…

read » June 28, 2016

Win Randolph Sunglasses on National Sunglasses Day

Sunglasses — they’re one of the Ten Essentials (filed under “sun protection”) that should be in every hiker’s arsenal. Not only will they prevent sun and snow glare, but they’ll also help shield your eyes from drying winds and errant branches and brush … and as especially important in the summer, they’ll help keep gnats and mosquitos from making a…

read » June 27, 2016

Where Do I Need an Adventure Pass in Southern California?

Southern California’s ubiquitous Adventure Pass system was dealt another blow this week, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced a long-awaited settlement in an ongoing legal battle between the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona hikers that was first heard in 2012. According to the settlement, the Forest Service will no longer charge access fees for almost 400,000 acres of…

read » June 27, 2016
Anza-Borrego State Park Hearing

What We Learned about the State Park Proposal to Restrict Access

Tonight, I attended the public hearing hosted by the California State Parks and presided over by Alexandra Stehl, Roads and Trails Manager for the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR). The two hour hearing was an opportunity for concerned citizens comprising a vast spectrum of interests to speak their mind about the proposal. Additionally, CDPR representatives went through the trouble of attempting…

read » June 23, 2016
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ParkWatchReport App Helps Hikers Report Trail Vandalism

Graffiti and vandalism in public lands — you may have read a few things about it on this very site on occasion. All too often, though, the follow up to stories of vandals defacing our favorite trails and parks is the eternally asked question, “but what can we do?!” Many times, hikers who want to donate their time and elbow grease…

read » June 22, 2016
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Hiking Underwear 101

Undies. Drawers. Chonies. Tighty Whities. Unmentionables. Whatever you call it, underwear is often overlooked when people begin outfitting themselves for hiking and backpacking trips. However, they are not only the literal foundation of your layering system, but they’re also situated right next to your delicates, so we’d argue you’re doing a disservice by making them an afterthought. In the name of…

read » June 21, 2016
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3 Must-Stops on the Alberta Cowboy Trail

Alberta Highway 22 runs some 363 miles near the province’s western border. Riding the boundary between the epic prairies of the Great Plans and the equally epic Rocky Mountains, the road is a stunning and picturesque way to experience the landscape — and some uniquely Alberta places. Because the road passes through huge stretches of ranch land as well as…

read » June 17, 2016
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Best Food for Hikers in Waterton Lakes

Best Lunch on the Go: Pearl’s Sharing space with the also tasty Pizza of Waterton, the supremely cute eatery space of Pearl’s Cafe is almost always filled with hikers in the early hours of the morning — and with good reason. The place is stocked with well-worn (and well-dog-eared) hiking guides for the surrounding trails, you can make any lunch…

read » June 16, 2016

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