Palomar Mountain State Park

One of the best trails in San Diego County features terrain you might not expect in SoCal.

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Saddleback Butte State Park

A fun desert climb in the midst of a spectacular wildflower bloom. Go now!

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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Rare pines, coastal badlands, and spring wildflowers ... not to mention a great beach.

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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


Photo Friday – April 4, 2014

If the day on the calendar starts with the letter ‘f,’ that means it’s time for another Photo Friday. It’s tough to make cacti look cuddly (unless you’re looking at cholla), but Keri Zehm‘s shot near Riverside’s Box Springs Mountain does a fantastic job of it. Mikey Le hiked to Cucamonga Peak through rain, snow, and hail to get this…

read » April 4, 2014
Broken Hill at Torrey Pines State Reserve

Hiking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve consists of two parts – a gorgeous state beach with an epic backdrop of wind-and-rain sculpted badland cliffs; and a reserve of one of North America’s rarest trees – the Torrey Pine – on a network of trails that meander through those badland cliffs. Both sections of the park are extremely popular – especially on…

read » April 3, 2014
A stylized cutout view of the first official omnigames video

First Official Omnigames Video and a Thank You

Columbia Sportswear just posted the first of many videos from the OmniGames competition I participated in back in January. It’s a fun little three minute piece that shows off some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting – and yours truly cutting some FLAWLESS pizza wedges after Heidi Henry sets me up perfectly with the…

read » April 2, 2014
Information on the Modern Hiker One Day in L.A. Hike

More Info on the One Day in L.A. Hike

On Saturday, April 26th, I invite you to join me on the trail to Echo Mountain as part of the documentary project One Day in L.A.. I met with the producers of this ambitious project a few weeks ago and I really dug their mission. They want to capture the state of American cities right now and catch a glimpse…

read » April 1, 2014
Palomar Mountain at sunset

Hiking Palomar Mountain State Park

Ask the average person what they envision when it comes to outdoor San Diego, and you’re likely to hear about long, sandy beaches stretching endlessly under bluffs studded with Torrey Pines. Or, you might hear about sun-blasted boulders protruding out of a carpet of chaparral on the way up to the summits or Iron Mountain or Mt. Woodson. Or perhaps…

read » March 31, 2014
WTC - Snow Camp

Staying Found with the WTC: Snow Camp

Despite the rest of the country being stuck in a state of everlasting permafrost, we’ve been left high and dry here in California. After attempting to learn snowshoeing and other winter skills in the dirt during a recent trip to dusty Mt. Pinos, I crossed my fingers until they doubled back, wishing and hoping for a bit of magical mountain…

read » March 25, 2014
Wildflower Blooms in Saddleback Butte State Park

Hiking Saddleback Butte State Park

Despite our currently ongoing drought conditions, there is still hope for wildflower lovers here in Southern California. Spurred on by a recent trail report from KCET’s Zach Berens on SoCal Wanderer (and some great photos popping up in my social media feeds), I headed up north to Saddleback Butte State Park to see if the wildflower show was still going…

read » March 24, 2014

Photo Friday – March 21, 2014

If you’re staring at the office clock even more intently than you usually do, that means it’s a Friday – which means it’s also time to dive into the growing and increasingly awesome collection of images submitted to the Modern Hiker Flickr Pool for another Photo Friday. Nathan and Katherine from NateKat Photography have submitted some truly fantastic images so…

read » March 21, 2014
View of Los Angeles from Beacon Hill in Griffith Park

Hiking Beacon Hill in Griffith Park

One of the things I love most about Griffith Park is its range of hiking – you can take a leisurely, stroller-friendly walk along a fire road to the Hollywood Sign or do an intense firebreak trail run up nearly-vertical sections of ridge – sometimes both on the same trail. For as long as I’ve lived here, I’m still finding…

read » March 20, 2014

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