Monument Misconceptions

Can we please have an adult discussion about the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?

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Split Mountain

Geological wonders in Anza-Borrego

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Save Sturtevant Camp

Find out how you can help the last-remaining wilderness resort in the San Gabriels

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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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Why Can’t We Have An Adult Discussion About National Monuments?

Featured image by The City Project. Last weekend, I had the tremendous pleasure of attending a roundtable discussion in Sierra Madre featuring some of the most important and influential outdoor authors and historians in the Los Angeles region. The event was held by First Water Designs and was well-attended – by more that 300 people according to their estimates. The…

read » January 29, 2015
split mountain

Hiking Split Mountain

With countless geological oddities including mud hills, wind caves, synclines, anticlines, and a deep cut straight through a mountain range, the Split Mountain/Fish Creek Wash region of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a geologist’s dream.  Even those with only a casual interest in geology will find no shortage of fascination on this varied hike, which visits everything mentioned above and…

read » January 29, 2015
sturtevant camp

Saving Sturtevant Camp

Over the weekend, Modern Hiker held its first Go Hike L.A. event of 2015 – a trek through Santa Anita Canyon to the legendary Sturtevant Camp, the last remaining wilderness resort of L.A.’s “Great Hiking Era.” As I’ve detailed previously, the circa-1897 camp has been owned and operated by the United Methodist Church since 1945 but the camp has never…

read » January 28, 2015
balanced rock

Hike Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

Just off the main road in Arches National Park sits Balanced Rock, a large boulder sitting atop a much narrower 55 foot column. The formation is a popular destination because of its central location, its unusual figure, and also as a pilgrimage site for fans of the outspoken outdoors author Edward Abbey , who lived near the formation when he…

read » January 26, 2015

Photo Friday – January 23, 2014

As we gear up for a killer history hiking weekend with events on Saturday and Sunday, we know you might just need one little push of beautiful nature photography to help get you over those last few hours of work-week drag. Thankfully, we’re getting a ton of great submissions on Flickr and Instagram using the hashtag #modernhiker, and you can…

read » January 23, 2015
Jupiter's Violent Storms

Want to Hike to a View of Jupiter’s Moons?

Well, OK – maybe not hike all the way up TO Jupiter, but if you’re in the mood to take a nighttime trip to see a rare celestial event you should head to Griffith Park Observatory on Friday January 23rd. The Observatory is staying open late and using its telescopes to broadcast the shadows of three of Jupiter’s moons cast…

read » January 22, 2015

Hike Canyon View Loop in Whitewater Preserve

The bright, wide slash of Whitewater Canyon is a place of many treasures – well, the more natural kind, at least. From towering fanglomerate cliffs to the (sometimes) rushing Whitewater River, from the sandy desert floor to lush riparian greenery, this is a place unlike any other in Southern California. In 1939, the canyon became home to the Whitewater Trout…

read » January 22, 2015
stanley peak

Hike Stanley Peak

“You can tell who the old man is here.” That’s what the elderly gentleman on the trail said as he turned to see me gaining on him as we came up the Sage Trail toward Stanley Peak. The gentleman introduced himself to me as a 70 year-old retiree who had found himself gaining too much weight and was now walking…

read » January 21, 2015

Interview with PB from Opus Orange

As far as backpacking bands go, it’s tough to find a better fit than Santa Monica’s Opus Orange. Founded in 2010, the band’s membership has expanded to half a dozen members with Paul Bessenbacher (PB) at the center. The band has released several EPs and scored the John Muir Trail documentary Mile … Mile and a Half . Opus Orange…

read » January 19, 2015

Photo Friday – January 16, 2015

With the end of another work week comes another round of fantastic outdoor photos from your fellow Modern Hiker readers – and hopefully a bit of inspiration to lace up your boots and get outside this weekend. From the Modern Hiker Flickr Group Page, Chris sends us this beautifully lit shot from Zion National Park‘s Emerald Pools Trail. Although you…

read » January 16, 2015

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