Hike to Skull Rock on the Temescal Loop Trail

Skull Rock and Temescal Loop

The Temescal Loop trail is one of my favorite hikes on days when the sun dips low. This variation includes a side trip further up the ridge to Skull Rock. And yes, it really does look like a skull (with a little imagination). With the addition of a small side trip to Skull Rock, this hike is 5.1 miles and has a respectable elevation gain of over 1,100 feet. It also passes by … [Read More]

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Re-Mapping the Sierra Mountains

The iconic Sierra mountains are one of the true treasures of California. Thousands of people hike and backpack in these rugged, beautiful mountains every year. The growing popularity of trails like the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail put a strain on a … [Read More]


SoCalHiker Tech: How I Use Tile in the Backcountry

Most of the areas I backpack in the Sierras require a bear canister. This rule not only protects you and your food, but also protects the bears. All your food and anything scented goes in the canister, and the canister is placed at least 50 yards away from … [Read More]

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Hiking Mt Baldy: Climb for Heroes 2015 Recap

On April 12th, I had the privilege of hiking up 10,064' Mt. Baldy, raising money for The Heroes Project. The annual event is called the Climb for Heroes, and the money helps wounded veterans -- soldiers who have lost one or both legs in service -- redefine who … [Read More]


After-Hike Social Survival Kit

You've been on the trail hiking for six hours. You made the summit all-smiles, and got back safely to the trailhead. You huffed and puffed. You sweat. Your body is complaining--"Why are you doing this to me?!" What you don't want to do is stuff your sweaty, … [Read More]


What I Wear: 3-Season Hiking in SoCal Mountains

Several years ago I led a group hike up Mt. San Antonio -- aka Mt. Baldy. The hike was in early June, and the hikers in the group all lived in Orange County. The typical June weather in OC is pleasant. Shorts and flip-flops are de rigueur on weekends. In the … [Read More]

Team SoCalHiker: Climb for Heroes

Team SoCalHiker: Climb for Heroes

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Charlie Linville lost his leg to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. For most of us, losing a limb seems like a life-defining moment. But Linville won't let the loss of a limb define who he is, or what he is capable of. He … [Read More]


Smell as Great as Nature Is

I remember getting my dad Old Spice for Christmas when I was a kid. Back then, it came in a cedar box with a big wooden cap on the bottle. I thought it was a pretty awesome gift. Today, Old Spice has expanded the Fresher Collection to harness … [Read More]

Hiking Portuguese Bend Reserve

Hiking Portuguese Bend Reserve

The Rancho Palos Verdes peninsula is a prominent feature in Southern California geography. It protrudes into the Pacific Ocean as if it could almost touch Catalina Island. The hills of Palos Verdes really stand out against the flat terrain surrounding it, … [Read More]