Tag Archive: Los Angeles

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Hiking Amir’s Garden

You’ve likely seen Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park before but not known what it was – a strangely forested ridge amidst the otherwise dry Southern California landscape. Today, the five acre plot of land stands as a peaceful, shaded oasis amidst Griffith Park – a favorite of hikers and equestrians alike – but the garden itself arose from a dangerous…

read » February 17, 2015

5 Best L.A. Neighborhoods For the Urban Hiker

L.A. is not your ordinary metropolis. Yes, it has a thriving downtown that is an undeniable concrete jungle. But surrounding L.A.’s teeming urban core are some of the most picturesque naturescapes in the country. What makes L.A. such an extraordinary spot for the outdoors lover is the fact that so many of these wilderness areas are easily accessible from the…

read » December 15, 2014

7 Haunted Trails in Los Angeles

The pumpkins are out on porches and supermarkets are being flooded with fun-sized candies, which means Halloween is right around the corner. But what if your idea of a spooky good time involves fewer costumes and more time out in the woods? Well worry not, because L.A. has more than its fair share of ghostly history for you to hike…

read » October 22, 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
Skilift at Mountain High

Win A Season Pass from Mountain High

We here at Modern Hiker started out our site with the mission of letting the world know more about Southern California’s surprisingly little-known hiking trails … and we’re betting a lot of those people who think the best hiking in SoCal is a dirt path from a parking lot to an In-N-Out register would also be surprised to find out…

read » August 20, 2014

New Topanga Canyon Scent In-Store Demo from Juniper Ridge

You guys know I love me some Juniper Ridge. They’re the NorCal wilderness distillers and the world’s only “wild fragrance” company – a group of artists, travelers, and nature-lovers that scour the West for the plants we all brush up against while hiking to capture their essence and turn it into unbelievable fragrances. Back in Modern Hiker’s early days they…

read » May 27, 2014

Corralitas Red Car Property May Finally Be A City Park

The Corralitas Red Car Property is a small strip of land with a lot of history. The 10-acre lot on the north side of Silver Lake / Echo Park used to be owned by Pacific Electric, which ran a Red Line car north to Glendale along its path from 1896 to 1955. Since the Red Line ran its last car…

read » May 20, 2014
Corral Canyon

Hiking Corral Canyon

Hugging the coastline just off the PCH, Malibu’s Corral Canyon has the distinction of being the last canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains that has a completely undeveloped watershed that flows freely into the Pacific Ocean. And yes, that sound like a very specific thing, but you don’t need to memorize the honorifcs if you’re headed here – all you…

read » March 12, 2014
LA Sunset

One Day in L.A.

2 years ago the ambitious One Day on Earth project compiled footage from more than 7000 filmmakers all over the world into a documentary about what people were doing on a single day. Now, the team is at it again – the time with several smaller, more focused projects on the stories and people of 11 American cities – including,…

read » March 11, 2014
Escondido Falls

Hiking Escondido Falls

The Winding Way Trail in Malibu leads to the multi-tiered 150 foot tall Escondido Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Santa Monica Mountains. While the waterfall’s strength is subject to the levels of precipitation, the trail to the base of the falls is a shaded, lovely stroll – and the trail to the upper tiers of the falls is an…

read » March 5, 2014
Echo Mountain Fog

Time to Choose Your Post-Rain Hike

An L.A. Times article posted earlier this week said Southern California is in for the biggest rain-event its had in three years – a storm that could bring 1/4 inch of rain to L.A. County is expected to move into the region on Wednesday night, followed by a bigger storm from Friday through Saturday that could leave up to 2…

read » February 26, 2014

Modern Hiker on Luxuria Music's RPM

A few weeks ago I headed to the Luxuria Music studios to be a guest on their show RPM, which is a very cool interview show that basically gives you a musical biography of the subject. I picked a bunch of songs I love and used them to talk about my life growing up in New England, going to college…

read » October 8, 2013

You Can Hike in the Angeles National Forest During the Shutdown

KCET finally managed to track down some Forest Service officials to ask them about what is actually going on with their federal lands during the shutdown. It was very clear that National Park units were closed down and off-limits, but the rules for National Forests and BLM lands were anything but. Now, some questions are answered … and here’s the…

read » October 2, 2013

Hiking Mount Lowe from Red Box

This 6.1 mile out-and-back travels over one ridge of the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains to get to Mount Lowe, part of old, sprawling land of the nearby Echo Mountain Resort. Mount Lowe was planned as the site of a grand alpine tavern and aerial tramway for the resort, but geography and money woes kept it from being…

read » August 23, 2013

Griffith Park Scarf

Everyone knows L.A. has the world’s most style-conscious hiking population – especially if you’re focusing on Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park – but now local designers Vacation Days have teamed up with a British company to bring you a limited edition Griffith Park hiking-themed scarf. The scarf is definitely more fashion than function – it doesn’t have a trail map…

read » July 24, 2013

Hiking Red Rock Canyon to Calabasas Peak

This moderately graded fire road ascent just outside Topanga Village provides some amazing views of the interior of the Santa Monica Mountains – especially if you get to see the marine layer flowing over the peaks closest to the coast. This dog-friendly hike has enough of an incline to get your legs working but isn’t tough enough to scare off…

read » July 12, 2013

Ring in the Solstice with a Hike (and a Councilman)

Tomorrow evening, L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge is leading a free group hike in Griffith Park to celebrate the Summer Solstice and L.A.’s relationships with our sister cities across the world. LaBonge’s hike starts at the north end of the Griffith Observatory’s parking lot near the Charlie Turner Trailhead at 6PM and will trek one and a half miles to…

read » June 20, 2013

L.A. Weekly Web Award Nominations are Open

Hey everyone – I have a favor to ask you. L.A. Weekly is now taking nominations for their 4th annual Web Awards – an always excellent collection of the best and coolest L.A. blogs, web sites, Twitter accounts and apps. Here’s a short description of the kinds of things they’re looking for: The Web Awards celebrate all that’s awesome on…

read » May 31, 2013

Point Mugu State Park after the Springs Fire

Over the long weekend, I had a chance to head back to Point Mugu State Park to see how the area had fared after the Springs Fire. Starting on May 2nd, the fire burned over 24,000 acres – and from the burn area maps released, it looked like virtually ALL of Point Mugu State Park was on fire. Before the…

read » May 28, 2013

Trails Re-Open in the Santa Monica Mountains

Effective today, the National Park Service is re-opening some trails in the Springs Fire Burn Area. Most trails in the small Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa unit just north of Point Mugu State Park have re-opened, although they are currently only open from sunrise to sunset. Portions of the Satwiwa Loop Trail are closed, although hikers can reach the Hidden…

read » May 14, 2013