Cuyamaca's East Mesa

Rolling planes, abundant wildlife, and one of SD County's nicest campsites

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Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Who says hiking has to be all above ground?

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Pohono Trail

An epic trail, legendary views, and few crowds

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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

Ernest E Debs

Meeting to Help Protect Solo Hikers in Wake of Attack

Last week, a female hiker was attacked in Ernest E. Debs Park while hiking alone in the morning. The woman said the man knocked her to the ground and threatened her with a knife before running off. Many in the community have noted the behavior of the suspect is very similar to attacks that happened to solo hikers in Griffith…

read » July 31, 2014
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Hike East Mesa in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

  Cuyamaca Rancho State Park contains a massive and varied landscape featuring a variety of outdoor experiences. The park includes forested peaks, tranquil lakes, river valleys, rugged chaparral covered slopes, numerous springs, and gentle, rolling mesas studded with pine trees. Of the two “mesas” in the park, East Mesa is the largest and most beautiful. The mesa offers great views of…

read » July 31, 2014
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Ready for a Boat Race on the L.A. River?

It’s a good time to be the L.A. River right now. After years of being regarded as nothing but a concrete ditch or open sewer, our little river is now finally starting to get the respect it deserves. We’ve had idyllic kayaking journeys, documentary films, city-approved Master Revitalization Plans, and we recently got full public access to the river during…

read » July 30, 2014
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Hike Lake Cuyamaca and the Stonewall Mine

On the north end of sprawling Cuyamaca Rancho State Park lies a lovely man-made lake set next to a shady pine and oak forest. Nearby sits the site of San Diego County’s most productive gold mine. This easy hike with low distance and mild inclines connects the two and features great scenery, history, and proximity to water, making this one…

read » July 30, 2014
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Hike Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park

Just a short drive or bus trip away from the crazy-charming city of Taxco lies one of the largest cave systems in the world. It’s protected by the Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, which is also home to the cave system Grutas de Carlos Pacheo as well as several rock climbing routes and a small native garden, a swimming pool,…

read » July 29, 2014
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Wilderness Travel Course: Sign Up For Adventure

My feet have walked, run, wandered, sprinted, sauntered, skipped, and hiked many a path; single track and fire road, through endless forests and over countless peaks, the trail’s siren call has been a steady lure. Until recently, that is. It seems I’ve fallen in love with abandoning signposts and mile markers, leaving the beaten path for something more…wild. I’ve lugged…

read » July 28, 2014
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Hike Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain is the southernmost peak in a small mountain complex that divides the city of Poway from the sprawling semi-rural community of Ramona. The peak itself is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego, and the ease of access and moderate gain present a hike that is both reasonably accessible and reasonably challenging at the same time.…

read » July 28, 2014
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Photo Friday – July 25, 2014

Oh yes – it’s time once again for a quick shot of photographic beauty to get you through those last few hours of the workweek and into the glorious, glorious weekend. Matt Reed only recently joined Instagram but he’s been very active documenting a recent hiking trip in Colorado. Photo Friday thanks him for it! Our very own Shawnté Salabert…

read » July 25, 2014
Puerco Canyon

Coming Soon to the Santa Monicas: The Cameron Nature Preserve

Last night, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority happily announced they had acquired a 703-acre plot of privately owned land in Puerco Canyon – the largest remaining privately-owned space in the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles County. The land was purchased from director James Cameron and lies just northwest of Pepperdine University, bordering Malibu Creek State Park and the…

read » July 25, 2014
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June(ish) Gloom Contest Winners

Well, the June Gloom is just about gone and now our temperatures are hovering in the 90s during the day, it’s time to end our June(ish) Gloom Contest. We asked you to show off your Modern Hiker gear in a photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and we got some great submissions. Here, in no particular order, are our top…

read » July 25, 2014

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