Agua Tibia Loop

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

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Tahquitz Peak

This peak in the San Jacinto Wilderness has views worth hiking for

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Tepozteco Pyramid

A short, steep hike to a 500 year old pyramid in central Mexico

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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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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

Photo Friday – July 18, 2014

Well, I take one week off to go traveling and I’m flooded with awesome photos from readers when I get back. That’s not a bad way to come home! It looks like you’ve been pretty busy lately – we’ve got hiking snapshots from all over California this week, starting with David Reskin‘s beautiful Crescent City sunset. Next, Recosgrove spent some…

read » July 18, 2014

Hiking Tepozteco National Park

There aren’t too many places where you can find a trail that will kick your butt with elevation gain, bring you to the ruins of a 500-year-old religious complex, and drop you off right next to a market filled with unbelievably delicious, cheap, hand-made food but the village of Tepoztlán in the state of Morelos is such a place. Easily…

read » July 18, 2014

Hike Bell Canyon in Caspers Wilderness Park

When thinking about SoCal’s five major counties and their respective natural treasures, the one that always seems left out is Orange County. Not only is Orange SoCal’s smallest county, it is also its most thoroughly developed in terms of acreage devoted to man-made features. For anybody who has ever spent a long afternoon on the 405 in Costa Mesa, it might…

read » July 17, 2014

Three Peaks Challenge at Adventure 16

If you’re looking for a way to get a good workout, add some elevation to your life, and win prizes and social media fame, then you may be interested in Adventure 16′s Three Peaks Challenge. The Challenge tasks participants to hike Southern California’s three tallest mountains – San Antonio, San Gorgonio, and San Jacinto (a.k.a. the Three Saints) with several…

read » July 17, 2014

Hike Tahquitz Peak

Tahquitz Peak, sometimes known simply as “Tahquitz,” is a prominent peak crowning the South Ridge that hems Idyllwild into large bowl of Strawberry Valley. The peak features a National Forest fire lookout, and is the focus of Native American legend. The climb is a relatively moderate peak-bagging experience that offers tremendous views over the Inland Empire, the Desert Divide, the…

read » July 16, 2014

Hiking Cuyamaca Peak

Cuyamaca Peak is the second highest peak in San Diego County. It sits a mere 20 feet lower but is far more accessible than Hot Springs Mountain near Warner Springs. The peak’s 6,512’ summit is relatively modest compared to the behemoths in the San Gabriels, San Jacintos, and San Bernadinos. However, Cuyamaca has the honor of being the geographic center…

read » July 14, 2014

Photo Friday – July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day, everyone! It’s been another fantastic week for Photo Friday submissions – you guys are really submitting some amazing shots, especially on Instagram! Here are my four favorites from this week: Frequent contributor Dukeredhair gives us a classic summit selfie on top of Mount San Gorgonio with his four-legged hiking partner. Continuing the canine trend, Instagrammer Ashleysmashley3 (awesome…

read » July 4, 2014

Hike Fish Canyon Falls

Fish Canyon Falls has been a somewhat elusive beast since I moved here. Because the mouth of the canyon is occupied by a Vulcan Materials quarry, access to the canyon’s famed three-tier waterfall has always seemed just a little bit too much trouble. You either had to hike on the one day a month the company would provide a limited…

read » July 3, 2014

Hike and Backpack San Bernardino Peak

Amidst the famous summits of the Los Angeles basin stands the oft-overlooked San Bernardino Peak. This relatively inconspicuous bump on the long ridge leading up to Mt. San Gorgonio’s summit is the first of the nine peaks in the “Nine Peaks Challenge.” Despite the fame given to its more famous “saintly” neighbors, Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), Mt. San Jacinto, and…

read » July 3, 2014

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