Hiking Angels Landing

Hiking to 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 finger of red sandstone which led to Angels Landing. I have been up Half Dome several times. I’ve sat atop Banner Peak and dangled […]

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 […]

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 […]