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Hiking Mt Baden-Powell

Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

The sky was a deep, cloudless blue. The only sounds came from the occasional wind through the sparse trees and the crunching of my boots on the trail. I had just climbed nearly 3,000 vertical feet to the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell (9,399') -- one of the highest mountains in the San Gabriel mountains. The stunning 360° views made those 40 switchbacks worth climbing. Mt. … [Read More]

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Aliso Peak Trail has great coastal views

Hiking to Aliso Peak

South Orange County is often dismissed as a snooty, well-to-do slice of suburbia filled with malls, expensive cars and cookie cutter houses. It may fit that … [Read More]

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Muir Hut Taco Stand

What is #MuirTacoHut?

What is #MuirTacoHut? Is it a joke? Is it a hoax? Is it a rumor? All I will say for now is that @100peaks, PD and I will be out on the trail to Muir Pass this weekend. What will happen on the trail? Share your guess in the comments below, then check back … [Read More]

Best Hiking and Outdoor Blog Winners

USA TODAY’s Ten Best Hiking & Outdoor Blogs

Many of you know that SoCal Hiker was nominated for USA TODAY's Reader's Choice award for the ten best hiking and outdoor blogs. This morning, the final ten were announced and I'm thrilled to share that SoCal Hiker is in the top three! I started SoCal Hiker … [Read More]

Hiking to Angels Landing

Hiking Angels Landing

We ascended Walter's Wiggles, the 21-switchbacks carefully engineered and reinforced with sandstone blocks and were standing atop Scout Lookout, with awe-inspiring views down into Zion Canyon and over the Virgin River. Looming before us was a slender finger of … [Read More]

Backpacking to Mt San Jacinto via the Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Mt San Jacinto via the Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Mt. San Jacinto was one of the first big peaks I bagged as a teenager and I'm still drawn to it many years later. This route starts at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tram -- a treat in itself -- and although it's the "easiest" route it's by no means easy. … [Read More]

Backpacking to Cooper Canyon

Cooper Canyon Falls

Cooper Canyon Falls is a beautiful waterfall that flows almost year round, but roars in April-May as the spring snow melts. The falls can be spectacular when you time your hike right, and I'm surprise more people don't talk about this trail. This hike … [Read More]

August 28, 2014 I will be talking about ultralight backpacking on #trailtime

Talking Ultralight Backpacking on #trailtime

Join me this Thursday, August 28th at 3pm PDT when I'll be co-hosting the weekly #trailtime tweet chat. The topic? Ultralight backpacking. It's not just about drilling holes in your tools or snipping the labels of clothes to shave ounces, but a practical … [Read More]

Last Day on the Lost Coast Trail

Lost Coast Trail: Miller Flat to Black Sands Beach

Today was our fourth and final day on the Lost Coast Trail. The last day of any backpacking trip is always bittersweet. We looked forward to sleeping in a bed and eating a meal that wasn't rehydrated. Yet we want to linger and savor the sense of peace and … [Read More]

Climbing on Solid Ground

Lost Coast Trail: Spanish Flat to Miller Flat

The Lost Coast Trail has several sections which are impassable at high tide, and it is essential that you bring a tide chart along to avoid becoming trapped in one of these spots. Today would be the only day of our adventure with no impassable sections. It was … [Read More]

The Lost Coast

Lost Coast Trail: Sea Lion Gulch to Spanish Flat

I woke up to the early morning light. Outside our tent the air was thick with fog and heavy with moisture. Large drops of condensation clung to our rain fly, and everything that wasn't covered was damp. We fired up our stove, boiling water for our Starbucks … [Read More]