Tag Archive: Hiking

Hiking Triple Falls Oregon

Hike Triple Falls in the Columbia River Gorge

I’m going to start this write-up by revealing a piece of shocking information: I’m a Californian, a DEVOTED Californian, who recently moved to Portland, Oregon. While this may not seem shocking, or even interesting, to anyone who doesn’t live in the great state of Oregon, here I’m one of many Californians who have crossed state lines in search of water…

read » September 10, 2015

Gear Review: Ahnu Women’s Sugarpine Waterproof Boots

Specs: Retail price: $140.00 Style: Full-height boot Waterproof: Yes Best for: Day hiking, backpacking, snow travel and water crossings Pros: -Lightweight -Extremely comfortable, right out of the box -Waterproof -Sturdy, with good, sticky treads -Great color selection for a stylish look, both on trail and around town Cons: -Durability for long-term use, they feel less solid than other traditional hiking boots…

read » September 9, 2015

Backpack Point Reyes National Seashore

Located approximately 30 miles north of San Francisco, Point Reyes National Seashore is a staple for any outdoor enthusiast, both to bay area locals and visitors alike. Despite its relatively close proximity to a major city and its location within Marin County, Point Reyes immediately feels like a different world. Tucked away on the beautiful California coast among breathtaking foggy…

read » September 3, 2015

Hiking Goat Lake

Few hikes give you this much bang for your buck. Even though the 10-mile roundtrip trek might seem daunting to less experienced hikers, the elevation gain of a mere 1300 feet is minimal. While most lakes nestled in the Northern Cascades make you work for a refreshing dip by forcing you to climb an exhausting amount in a shorter distance, the beauty of Goat Lake…

read » September 2, 2015

Hiking Quail Spring Basin

A network of old mining roads in the Providence Mountains, closed to vehicles and being reclaimed by nature, wanders through this scenic corner of desert. On the furthest eastern end of the road network (still open to high clearance vehicles), you can find the Hidden Hill Mine’s windmill, headframe, and cabin remains. They are quietly wearing away in their sunny…

read » August 19, 2015
Photo by Lindsey Sommer Benjamin for Modern Hiker

Hike the Ecological Staircase Trail

Located within Jug Handle State Natural Reserve, the Ecological Staircase Trail is a favorite of area locals who enjoy the rich and varied ecological treasures found here. While Jug Handle, (and the Mendocino coast) is likely a lesser known area among non-bay area dwellers, it has long been a weekend destination for those willing to make the 3.5 hour drive…

read » August 18, 2015
Gorge author photo

BOOK REVIEW: Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro At 300 Pounds

Mount Kilimanjaro is no joke. Despite being widely regarded as the “easiest” of the Seven Summits – that famed collection of continental highpoints – it’s still no stroll in the hills. While it doesn’t demand any technical skill, Kili will make you dig deep: there’s the rollercoaster terrain, the extreme altitude, and the mound of ever-shifting ball-bearing scree you slowly…

read » April 3, 2015

Winter Climbing on the Home to the World’s Worst Weather

Suddenly, like electricity sparking in my muscle, my leg started to seize. My mind locked for a moment; it was not just a mental game now, my body was shutting down. The freezing wind across my lap dropped the temperature to where the muscles were unable to contract on command and lift my whole body with each step. I raised…

read » March 4, 2015

Hiking Dead Horse Point State Park

Just outside of the outdoor Mecca of Moab, squeezed next to the larger and generally busier Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park lies tiny Dead Horse Point State Park. It could be easy to overlook this 5300-acre park for the bigger name attractions nearby, but doing so would deprive you of some of the best views of…

read » September 18, 2014
Griffith Park North Loop

Hike Griffith Park’s Northside Loop

When most people think of L.A.’s iconic Griffith Park, they probably envision things like the Observatory, the Greek Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, the Zoo, and legions of picnicking families. But there’s also a wilder side to this urban retreat, far removed from the wide fire roads and smothering crowds – and we’ll take you there on this adrenaline-soaked rollercoaster adventure…

read » September 10, 2014
Mount Baldy before a summer storm

The Perfect Storm

On Sunday, the San Gabriels and San Bernardinos were hit with a surprise summer monsoon storm – one that dumped 4 inches of rain in an hour on Mount Baldy. The National Weather Service described it as a “once every 500 years” weather event and many of the mountain communities are still digging out of the mud and storm debris. Modern…

read » August 5, 2014

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

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

Product Review: NYNE Mini

As a hiker, I am mostly against the use of headphones or music on the trail. Unless you’re doing an out-and-back and the way back is a bit on the boring side – or if you’re climbing up something like the 99 Switchbacks in the middle of the day and just want a bit of extra juice in your legs –…

read » July 23, 2014
Photo by Scott Turner for Modern Hiker

Hike Mount Woodson

Of the four loosely defined geographic regions in San Diego County, the region between I-15 and the Peninsular Ranges probably gets the highest visitation and use. This is due to its accessibility to the heavily populated coast in addition to a wealth of different hiking opportunities. Many of the county’s iconic hikes, such as Iron Mountain, Mission Hills, Daley Ranch,…

read » July 22, 2014

Hiking Tepozteco National Park

There aren’t too many places where you can find a trail that will kick your butt with elevation gain, bring you to the ruins of a 500-year-old religious complex, and drop you off right next to a market filled with unbelievably delicious, cheap, hand-made food but the village of Tepoztlán in the state of Morelos is such a place. Easily…

read » July 18, 2014

Hike Bell Canyon in Caspers Wilderness Park

When thinking about SoCal’s five major counties and their respective natural treasures, the one that always seems left out is Orange County. Not only is Orange SoCal’s smallest county, it is also its most thoroughly developed in terms of acreage devoted to man-made features. For anybody who has ever spent a long afternoon on the 405 in Costa Mesa, it might…

read » July 17, 2014

Hiking Cuyamaca Peak

Cuyamaca Peak is the second highest peak in San Diego County. It sits a mere 20 feet lower but is far more accessible than Hot Springs Mountain near Warner Springs. The peak’s 6,512’ summit is relatively modest compared to the behemoths in the San Gabriels, San Jacintos, and San Bernadinos. However, Cuyamaca has the honor of being the geographic center…

read » July 14, 2014
fish canyon falls

Hike Fish Canyon Falls

 Fish Canyon Falls has been a somewhat elusive beast since I moved here. Because the mouth of the canyon is occupied by a Vulcan Materials quarry, access to the canyon’s famed three-tier waterfall has always seemed just a little bit too much trouble. You either had to hike on the one day a month the company would provide a limited…

read » July 3, 2014

Hike the Navajo and Peekaboo Loops at Bryce Canyon

If you dropped yourself in three different places on the Colorado Plateau and started hiking, you could conceivably find yourself in three unbelievably different and beautiful types of terrain – but Bryce Canyon is definitely a world unto itself. Bryce Canyon isn’t actually a canyon – it’s a group of huge natural amphitheaters that’s been eroded into strange formations, the…

read » July 2, 2014