Tag Archive: Hiking

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Hike the Navajo and Peekaboo Loops at Bryce Canyon

If you dropped yourself in three different places on the Colorado Plateau and started hiking, you could conceivably find yourself in three unbelievably different and beautiful types of terrain – but Bryce Canyon is definitely a world unto itself. Bryce Canyon isn’t actually a canyon – it’s a group of huge natural amphitheaters that’s been eroded into strange formations, the…

read » July 2, 2014
King Gillette Ranch

Hike King Gillette Ranch

Nestled in the rolling hills south of Calabasas, the nearly 600 acres of King Gillette Ranch serve as the picturesque homebase for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. If the name “Gillette” sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably fought the good fight against unwanted hair – the famous razor company’s founder, the regally appointed King Camp Gillette, chose this…

read » July 1, 2014
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Hike Wild Flower Hill at the Theodore Payne Foundation

I’m not gonna lie – the Theodore Payne Foundation is one of my new favorite things about Los Angeles. Founded in 1960 to continue the work of horticulturist Theodore Payne, who ran nurseries and seed stores in downtown Los Angeles in the early 1900s. Although he immigrated here from England, Payne devoted his career to the education, propagation, and discovery…

read » June 26, 2014
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Hiking Los Peñasquitos Canyon

  Recently, I played a game on a hiking group on Facebook called “Can you name this spot?”. I would show a picture and elicit other hikers to identify the location. When I posted a photograph of Carson’s Crossing in Los Peñasquitos Canyon, one of the hikers stated “The Florida Everglades.” How on Earth does one confuse semi-arid San Diego…

read » June 24, 2014
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Hike Limekiln State Park in Big Sur

When I was initially doing some recon on places to visit during an extended camping trip through Big Sur, a few friends highly recommended little Limekiln State Park – a 716 acre slice of Big Sur just outside the Ventana Wilderness. I’m glad they did – because on paper this park doesn’t look like much of a destination. Hiking all…

read » June 19, 2014
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Hiking Batiquitos Lagoon

North Coastal San Diego County – more popularly known as “North County” while managing to exclude everything east of the 15 and north of the 56 – contains some of the nicest places to live in Southern California. There are beaches, safe neighborhoods, good schools, great yoga studios, and shopping galore. However, what North County does not have a lot…

read » June 16, 2014
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Hiking Cedar Creek Falls

On July 5th, 2011, a 16 year-old man died after falling 80 feet into the swimming hole at Cedar Creek Falls. Two days later, the trail from Ramona was closed and remained closed for two years. On July 9th, 2012, a 19 year old woman was found unconscious on the Cedar Creek Falls Trail approaching from the Julian side. After…

read » June 10, 2014
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Hiking in Flip-Flops: Advanced Hiking Techniques

I first met Dave in Park City in January for the Columbia Sportswear OmniGames and got to spend more quality time with him when we went to Jordan together later in the year. He’s an engineer, sponsored rock climber, great travel companion, and all around cool guy. He also does a mean lip sync to The Selfie Song. Be sure to…

read » June 3, 2014
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Hiking Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (not to be confused with nearby Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park) sits on 680 acres of land formerly worked by the Pfeiffer family from the mid-1800s to 1933, when they sold the land to the State of California for use as a park instead of selling to a housing developer. before the Pfeiffers, the land…

read » June 3, 2014
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Hiking Volcan Mountain

Just north of the town of Julian, with its patchwork quilt of ranches, apple orchards, and oak woodlands, stands the smooth, rounded slopes of Volcan Mountain. The mountain and its summit are the focal point of the Volcan Mountain Open Space Preserve, which protects a portion of the Volcan Mountain Range. This small range occupies a space between the larger…

read » May 29, 2014
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Hike the Big Laguna Trail

From the tip of Baja California to the tectonic collision that gave birth to Mt. San Gorgonio and Mt. San Jacinto, the Peninsular Ranges provide some of the most startling contrasts and expansive views anywhere south of the Sierra Nevadas. This chain of ranges includes (from north to south) the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, San Ysidro, Santa Ana, Palomar, Volcan,…

read » May 21, 2014
The Santa Margarita River

Hike the Santa Margarita River

When it comes to rivers in Southern California, most people envision the austere concrete channels that carry the Los Angeles River past some of the rougher parts of downtown Los Angeles. Some people envision the San Diego River acting as a refuge/battleground for homeless folks as it passes through the offices and shopping centers of Mission Valley. And perhaps others…

read » May 12, 2014
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Hiking Point Lobos State Reserve in Big Sur

When I was initially floating the idea of spending a few days aimlessly wandering around Big Sur I asked my friends for some of their suggestions. People had overwhelmingly great things to say about Point Lobos State Reserve so I made it the first stop on my southward-bound journey … and the very first thing I saw when I parked…

read » May 8, 2014
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Hiking Kanaka Flat

If you’ve ever devoted a substantial period of time to your television set, you may have at one point become familiar with those happy cows who claim to hail from California. These contented, conversing cattle would graze on impossibly verdant hillsides, chewing the cud while doing their best to give Wisconsin an inferiority complex. Anybody with an ounce of skepticism…

read » May 6, 2014
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Hiking McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

If you’ve ever searched for images of Big Sur, you’ve seen McWay Falls – an almost unbelievably picturesque waterfall that drops 80 feet onto the untouched sands of McWay Beach before churning in the azure Pacific. It’s one of those scenes that, when you show your photos of it to friends, they won’t believe it’s real. But the falls are,…

read » May 2, 2014