Tag Archive: Hiking

Broken Hill at Torrey Pines State Reserve

Hiking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve consists of two parts – a gorgeous state beach with an epic backdrop of wind-and-rain sculpted badland cliffs; and a reserve of one of North America’s rarest trees – the Torrey Pine – on a network of trails that meander through those badland cliffs. Both sections of the park are extremely popular – especially on…

read » April 3, 2014
Palomar Mountain at sunset

Hiking Palomar Mountain State Park

Ask the average person what they envision when it comes to outdoor San Diego, and you’re likely to hear about long, sandy beaches stretching endlessly under bluffs studded with Torrey Pines. Or, you might hear about sun-blasted boulders protruding out of a carpet of chaparral on the way up to the summits or Iron Mountain or Mt. Woodson. Or perhaps…

read » March 31, 2014
Wildflower Blooms in Saddleback Butte State Park

Hiking Saddleback Butte State Park

Despite our currently ongoing drought conditions, there is still hope for wildflower lovers here in Southern California. Spurred on by a recent trail report from KCET’s Zach Berens on SoCal Wanderer (and some great photos popping up in my social media feeds), I headed up north to Saddleback Butte State Park to see if the wildflower show was still going…

read » March 24, 2014
View of Los Angeles from Beacon Hill in Griffith Park

Hiking Beacon Hill in Griffith Park

One of the things I love most about Griffith Park is its range of hiking – you can take a leisurely, stroller-friendly walk along a fire road to the Hollywood Sign or do an intense firebreak trail run up nearly-vertical sections of ridge – sometimes both on the same trail. For as long as I’ve lived here, I’m still finding…

read » March 20, 2014
Corral Canyon

Hiking Corral Canyon

Hugging the coastline just off the PCH, Malibu’s Corral Canyon has the distinction of being the last canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains that has a completely undeveloped watershed that flows freely into the Pacific Ocean. And yes, that sound like a very specific thing, but you don’t need to memorize the honorifcs if you’re headed here – all you…

read » March 12, 2014
Escondido Falls

Hiking Escondido Falls

The Winding Way Trail in Malibu leads to the multi-tiered 150 foot tall Escondido Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Santa Monica Mountains. While the waterfall’s strength is subject to the levels of precipitation, the trail to the base of the falls is a shaded, lovely stroll – and the trail to the upper tiers of the falls is an…

read » March 5, 2014
Echo Mountain Fog

Time to Choose Your Post-Rain Hike

An L.A. Times article posted earlier this week said Southern California is in for the biggest rain-event its had in three years – a storm that could bring 1/4 inch of rain to L.A. County is expected to move into the region on Wednesday night, followed by a bigger storm from Friday through Saturday that could leave up to 2…

read » February 26, 2014

Win a Signed Copy of "Mile … Mile and a Half"

OK – enough bad news about the government shutdown and whether or not your hiking destination is open for business … it’s time for some good news for lovers of nature AND beautiful documentaries – The John Muir Trail documentary Mile … Mile and a Half is available on DVD/Blu-Ray, iTunes, and other VOD platforms including streaming and downloading directly…

read » October 1, 2013

Hiking Mount Lowe from Red Box

This 6.1 mile out-and-back travels over one ridge of the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains to get to Mount Lowe, part of old, sprawling land of the nearby Echo Mountain Resort. Mount Lowe was planned as the site of a grand alpine tavern and aerial tramway for the resort, but geography and money woes kept it from being…

read » August 23, 2013

Griffith Park Scarf

Everyone knows L.A. has the world’s most style-conscious hiking population – especially if you’re focusing on Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park – but now local designers Vacation Days have teamed up with a British company to bring you a limited edition Griffith Park hiking-themed scarf. The scarf is definitely more fashion than function – it doesn’t have a trail map…

read » July 24, 2013

Hiking Red Rock Canyon to Calabasas Peak

This moderately graded fire road ascent just outside Topanga Village provides some amazing views of the interior of the Santa Monica Mountains – especially if you get to see the marine layer flowing over the peaks closest to the coast. This dog-friendly hike has enough of an incline to get your legs working but isn’t tough enough to scare off…

read » July 12, 2013

Ring in the Solstice with a Hike (and a Councilman)

Tomorrow evening, L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge is leading a free group hike in Griffith Park to celebrate the Summer Solstice and L.A.’s relationships with our sister cities across the world. LaBonge’s hike starts at the north end of the Griffith Observatory’s parking lot near the Charlie Turner Trailhead at 6PM and will trek one and a half miles to…

read » June 20, 2013

Point Mugu State Park after the Springs Fire

Over the long weekend, I had a chance to head back to Point Mugu State Park to see how the area had fared after the Springs Fire. Starting on May 2nd, the fire burned over 24,000 acres – and from the burn area maps released, it looked like virtually ALL of Point Mugu State Park was on fire. Before the…

read » May 28, 2013
Junipero Serra Peak

Hiking Junipero Serra Peak

An intense 12 mile hike with over 3700 feet of elevation gain, this trail takes you through overgrown areas of the Ventana Wilderness up steep switchbacks to the ruins of a fire lookout tower abandoned in 1979. Along the way, you’ll hike through gorgeous California grassland and have unbelievable views of the wilderness … and get a KILLER workout along…

read » May 22, 2013

Trails Re-Open in the Santa Monica Mountains

Effective today, the National Park Service is re-opening some trails in the Springs Fire Burn Area. Most trails in the small Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa unit just north of Point Mugu State Park have re-opened, although they are currently only open from sunrise to sunset. Portions of the Satwiwa Loop Trail are closed, although hikers can reach the Hidden…

read » May 14, 2013

The 5th Annual Big Parade is This Weekend

Stretch out your legs and dig out your comfiest walking shoes – the Big Parade is back this weekend! The annual pedestrian celebration is entering its fifth year and will once again trace a long and winding route from Angel’s Landing in downtown Los Angeles to the Griffith Park Observatory over two days starting on the morning of Saturday, May…

read » May 13, 2013

Hiking Salmon Creek Falls in Sequoia National Forest

A short and strenuous little-known trip to an incredible secluded canyon waterfall in the southern Sequoia National Forest, just north of Kernville. This route is mostly on use-trails and can be a moderate rock-hopping excursion or an intense scrambling trip with a few class 3 bouldering sections. Either way, you get to see an unbelievable canyon with a majestic waterfall…

read » May 10, 2013
Zion Observation Point

Hiking Zion National Park – Observation Point

An epic, 8 mile climb to Observation Point, a jaw-dropping promontory 6508 feet above sea level on the Canyon’s northern end. The trail features a very strenuous, steep ascent and has absolutely stunning views for almost the entire trek. The peak is higher than nearby Angel’s Landing and is definitely less crowded. If you’re feeling extraordinarily adventurous, you can also…

read » May 9, 2013
Zion River Walk

Hiking Zion National Park – Riverside Walk

A short, level, two mile path along the east bank of the Virgin River. This trail is a nice introduction to the importance of the Virgin River to Zion National Park, and signs along the way provide information on the region’s geology and history. The canyon walls are unbelievably majestic here, and hiking in the late afternoon or early morning…

read » May 7, 2013

Orange County May Charge Hikers For Rescue

Believe me, I would much rather not be writing about out of control wildfires and drugged-out hikers, but … the Springs Fire just passed 10,000 acres and is only 10% contained, and now Orange County officials are considering charging one of the two teens rescued from Trabuco Canyon in April after investigators found 497 milligrams of meth in Nicolas Cendoya’s…

read » May 3, 2013