Temescal Canyon Loop

Sunset from the Temescal Ridge Trail

Temescal Canyon in the Pacific Palisades provides a beautiful setting for a short hike. Wooded canyon? Check. Great exercise with a challenging climb? Check. Beautiful panoramic views of the Pacific coastline? This hike has all of the above. We checked this trail out late on a Saturday afternoon and were able to enjoy the sunset from […]

Haskell Canyon Open Space

Haskell Canyon Open Space

If I said I’ve hiked Haskell Canyon Open Space more than 100 times, it would not be an exaggeration. The main trailhead is about a mile walk from my front door, so this little treat of a hike is my mainstay. It is typically my Thanksgiving sunrise hike. Even after 100 times, it still entices me. […]

Echo Mountain via the Sam Merrill Trail

Gigantic flywheel for the funicular.

Hiking Echo Mountain via the Sam Merrill Trail is a rewarding experience, rich with history. First, Echo Mountain itself is the site of the ruins of the Echo Mountain House — a hotel built in the late 1800′s by Thaddeus Lowe. There were no roads to this hotel — you reached it by an incline […]

Thru-Hiking the JMT: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley, Plus Half Dome

Liberty Dome and Nevada Falls

The night is fading as we awaken, excited to finally start hiking the John Muir Trail. I slept like a log at the backpacker’s campground, but Jeffrey and Hari heard people chasing a bear away from the car campground. We eat a quick breakfast, break camp, don our backpacks and walk along the road to […]

Burbank Peak, Cahuenga Peak, Mt. Lee and the Hollywood Sign

The Wisdom Tree

Are you a peak bagger? I have a hiking friend who loves to bag peaks — or for the uninitiated, hike to the summit. His goal is to reach the summit of as many of the high and prominent peaks as he can.  He would love this trail, which takes you up three peaks in […]

San Gorgonio via Fish Creek

Panorama along the Sky High trail en route to San Gorgonio

San Gorgonio Mountain. Old Greyback. At 11,503 feet it’s the highest mountain in Southern California. Getting to the top is no easy feat. It’s a strenuous hike, and you’ll work hard no matter which route you choose.  It’s a popular destination as part of a training regimen for Mt. Whitney or the John Muir Trail. […]

Beek’s Place via Black Star Canyon

Beek's Place ruins

Mysterious ruins in a canyon that used to be home to grizzly bears? In Orange County? Yes, and getting there is a heckuva hike. This strenuous, 15 mile out-and-back trail up Black Star Canyon has several highlights, including a great views, a beautiful waterfall (in season), and the remains of Beek’s Place — a weekend […]

Hiking Runyon Canyon Park

Views of LA

Runyon Canyon Park gets a bad rap. The park lies just beyond Hollywood Boulevard, and attracts a steady stream of dog walkers, hikers and trail runners. It’s not unusual to overhear a conversation about script development or a new pilot. It’s not a wilderness trail. You won’t find solitude here. But if you live in […]