Iron Mountain

A tough, hot hike with beautiful coastal views

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Pohono Trail

An epic trail, legendary views, and few crowds

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Agua Tibia Loop

A tough trek through one of SoCal's most beautiful wilderness areas

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Best Hikes in L.A.

You thought L.A. was all urban sprawl and strip malls, right? WRONG. If you don't know where to start hiking, here are my favorite trails in SoCal.

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Recent Blog Posts


Wilderness Travel Course: Sign Up For Adventure

My feet have walked, run, wandered, sprinted, sauntered, skipped, and hiked many a path; single track and fire road, through endless forests and over countless peaks, the trail’s siren call has been a steady lure. Until recently, that is. It seems I’ve fallen in love with abandoning signposts and mile markers, leaving the beaten path for something more…wild. I’ve lugged…

read » July 28, 2014

Hike Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain is the southernmost peak in a small mountain complex that divides the city of Poway from the sprawling semi-rural community of Ramona. The peak itself is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego, and the ease of access and moderate gain present a hike that is both reasonably accessible and reasonably challenging at the same time.…

read » July 28, 2014

Photo Friday – July 25, 2014

Oh yes – it’s time once again for a quick shot of photographic beauty to get you through those last few hours of the workweek and into the glorious, glorious weekend. Matt Reed only recently joined Instagram but he’s been very active documenting a recent hiking trip in Colorado. Photo Friday thanks him for it! Our very own Shawnté Salabert…

read » July 25, 2014
Puerco Canyon

Coming Soon to the Santa Monicas: The Cameron Nature Preserve

Last night, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority happily announced they had acquired a 703-acre plot of privately owned land in Puerco Canyon – the largest remaining privately-owned space in the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles County. The land was purchased from director James Cameron and lies just northwest of Pepperdine University, bordering Malibu Creek State Park and the…

read » July 25, 2014

June(ish) Gloom Contest Winners

Well, the June Gloom is just about gone and now our temperatures are hovering in the 90s during the day, it’s time to end our June(ish) Gloom Contest. We asked you to show off your Modern Hiker gear in a photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and we got some great submissions. Here, in no particular order, are our top…

read » July 25, 2014

Backpacking Yosemite’s Pohono Trail

  Have you ever been asked if you’d rather have the power of flight or the power of invisibility and found it difficult to decide between the two? With Yosemite’s Pohono Trail, you don’t have to choose – you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the famed Yosemite valley and beyond, along with the kind of solitude that makes you feel…

read » July 24, 2014
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Win a NYNE Mini Bluetooth Speaker

We recently posted our review of the NYNE Mini bluetooth speaker and talked about how much we liked it for those outdoor adventures when you could use a little light background music. The folks at NYNE were nice enough to send us two – but we don’t need both so we decided to share the spoils with you! Since we’re…

read » July 23, 2014

Product Review: NYNE Mini

As a hiker, I am mostly against the use of headphones or music on the trail. Unless you’re doing an out-and-back and the way back is a bit on the boring side – or if you’re climbing up something like the 99 Switchbacks in the middle of the day and just want a bit of extra juice in your legs –…

read » July 23, 2014
Photo by Scott Turner for Modern Hiker

Hike Mount Woodson

Of the four loosely defined geographic regions in San Diego County, the region between I-15 and the Peninsular Ranges probably gets the highest visitation and use. This is due to its accessibility to the heavily populated coast in addition to a wealth of different hiking opportunities. Many of the county’s iconic hikes, such as Iron Mountain, Mission Hills, Daley Ranch,…

read » July 22, 2014

Hike the Agua Tibia Loop in Cleveland National Forest

I don’t often like to get into comparisons between San Diego and our bolder, brassier, and eminently more congested neighbor counties to the North, but the one thing that San Diego County seems to lack in comparison with Los Angeles, San Bernadino, and Riverside Counties are those gut-wrenching, knee-busting, quad-scorching climbs into the higher elevations. It’s true that San Diego…

read » July 21, 2014

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