Tag Archive: nature

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
LA Sunset

One Day in L.A.

2 years ago the ambitious One Day on Earth project compiled footage from more than 7000 filmmakers all over the world into a documentary about what people were doing on a single day. Now, the team is at it again – the time with several smaller, more focused projects on the stories and people of 11 American cities – including,…

read » March 11, 2014
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
Hollywood Reservoir

Hiking the Hollywood Reservoir

This easy, flat, just-over three mile trail takes you around the perimeter of the Hollywood Reservoir, an artificial lake in the Hollywood Hills. This path was closed for several years due to landslides and was recently reopened in April of 2013. A nice stroll with good photo ops, this hike is a nice option for a peaceful stroll or jog…

read » April 18, 2013
Cahuenga Peak

Hiking to the Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

A rugged three mile out-and-back in the newest section of Griffith Park. This trail features relentless ascents and tremendous views of Griffith Park, heading to a unique lone tree and geocaching area. The trail then traverses a ridge east toward recently-saved Cahuenga Peak with an even more rugged option to continue to Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign. One of…

read » February 28, 2013

Overcoming the Fear of Looking Stupid

Semi-Rad is a very cool blog that I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know about until earlier this year. If you haven’t visited, I highly recommend it – Brendan Leonard is a great writer and always has an interesting story to tell. Brendan also bills himself as an everyman-outdoorsman who isn’t afraid to let people know that he’s not always…

read » December 19, 2012

Win for Hikers in Franklin Canyon

Just last week I posted some hike write-ups in Franklin Canyon Park. I enjoyed the park a lot, but wondered about the closures of certain trails and why the Hastain Loop was littered with fences and what appeared to be cameras. Apparently, the gates were for portions of the trail that left National Park Service land and entered private land…

read » October 18, 2012
Bee Rock and Old L.A. Zoo

Hiking Griffith Park – Bee Rock and the Old L.A. Zoo

A just-under four mile loop through a seldom-used section of Griffith Park. This hike will take you up to the fenced promontory of Bee Rock for tremendous views of Glendale and the San Gabriels, then back down through the ruins of the old Los Angeles Zoo before ending up at an historic carousel.

read » September 10, 2012

Pinnacles on the Road to National Park Status

Pinnacles National Monument, a small but rugged and fascinating park about an hour outside of Salinas in northern California, is well on its way to becoming the nation’s 59th National Park. The 26,000 acre site was named a National Monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and a bill to upgrade its status to a National Park was first introduced in…

read » August 1, 2012

Trailer for New John Muir Trail Documentary

Last year, I wrote about The Muir Project – a group of artists and filmmakers who hiked the John Muir Trail and documented their journey with some stunning HD video. They only released a short clip of their footage before, but today they’ve unveiled the first trailer for their feature-length documentary Mile … Mile and a Half. If the earlier…

read » February 15, 2012

Angeles Trashed Over Labor Day

I was in New York City over the weekend for a wedding, but was very disheartened when I finally read this story in my news backlog: over the long weekend, many parts of the Angeles National Forest were utilized by residents. That’s the good news. The bad news is that those citizens apparently never learned to pick up after themselves.…

read » September 8, 2011

LAist Does a Park a Day

As far as city parks go, Los Angeles doesn’t really rank up there with other cities – compared to other municipalities, we tend to have less green space that’s also less accessible to residents. But, in the same way most people don’t know we’ve got some world-class hiking trails out here, people also don’t know we’ve got some great gems…

read » July 6, 2011

New Outdoor Photography Show

When you think of the Weather Channel, you probably don’t think of actual shows (Andy Richter’s late 90′s adventure notwithstanding, of course), but the Atlanta-based meteorology network has been dabbling with narrative programming these days. Their latest show is of interest to outdoor shutterbugs – From the Edge with Peter Lik debuts on Thursday, March 31st at 8PM. Its 13…

read » March 30, 2011
San Jacinto

Hiking Mount San Jacinto via Mountain Station

  A moderately easy high-altitude trek to one of Southern California’s “three saints” – the three tallest peaks of their respective ranges. This trail is probably the easiest way to summit, featuring an aerial tram that takes you from the sweltering heat of Palm Springs at 2643 feet to the cooler alpine climes at 8516 feet. This is an excellent…

read » October 15, 2010

Outdoor Graffiti

Because the Santa Monica Mountains and Angeles National Forest are both so close to this large urban area, surely we’ve all seen our fair share of graffiti on the trails – especially the more popular and easily accessible ones, but according to a story in the Fresno Bee, it’s becoming a problem even in National Parks. You’d assume people who…

read » December 8, 2009

Wow. Just, Wow.

While playing Outdoor Blog Catch-Up today, I stumbled upon this incredible time-lapse video of some California wilderness on SoCal Hikes. It was shot by Tom from Timescapes with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – a truly drool-worthy (and expensive) piece of image-making technology. Maybe these astounding images will make you want to start a savings account for one —…

read » November 11, 2009

Californians' Forty Favorite Hikes

The California State Parks Foundation — which just sent me a bunch of mail today — is celebrating its 40th anniversary by posting 40 short podcasts of Californians talking about their favorite hiking trails and experiences in California’s state parks. First up is Sammy Hagar’s run-in with a rattlesnake at Northern California’s Mount Tamalpais State Park … and if you…

read » March 4, 2009

Californians’ Forty Favorite Hikes

The California State Parks Foundation — which just sent me a bunch of mail today — is celebrating its 40th anniversary by posting 40 short podcasts of Californians talking about their favorite hiking trails and experiences in California’s state parks. First up is Sammy Hagar’s run-in with a rattlesnake at Northern California’s Mount Tamalpais State Park … and if you…

read » March 4, 2009

Amazing Photos

Every once in a while, I stumble across some amazing examples of outdoor photography and just have to share them with the rest of ya. Today, I came upon Brandon Riza‘s photo site, which features unbelievable panoramas and macros of beautiful outdoor scenes. Most of them also have the distinction of being California natives, like this shot from Big Pine…

read » March 3, 2009
Bighorn and Ontario Peaks

Hiking Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak

A 14 mile in-and-out that hits two of the tallest, most prominent peaks in the Angeles National Forest. Beginning with the historic, alpine brook that runs through Icehouse Canyon, this trail climbs through picturesque pine and cedar to Icehouse Saddle before visiting the site of an old trail resort and ascending a long ridge between the two peaks. A truly…

read » September 18, 2008