Photo Friday – November 21, 2014

On this week’s Photo Friday, we’ve got some wonderful images of trail work, scenes from one of the toughest hikes in Southern California, and even a bit of winter to usher us into the Holiday Season.

First up we’ve got Kat Talley-Jones‘s shot of some tough-looking trail work on the Gabrielino Trail on the north side of Mount Wilson, which was badly damaged in the Station Fire. Kat’s still with us on our project to reclaim the National Park Vandal’s hashtags. Thanks for your hard work!

Today's trail work #modernhiker #creepytings #sangabrielmountains #sangabrielmountainsnationalmonument

A photo posted by Kat Talley-Jones (@talleyjones) on

Nicoletta Bozhilova returns to Photo Friday with a new, user-friendly cleanup system over at Mount Woodson’s Potato Chip Rock – it looks like someone has installed some free trash bags and tongs for hikers to help clean up a bit on their way out, and Nicoletta’s here doing her part!

Picking up trash along the trail ???? Don't be a #CaseyNocket! #LeaveNoTrace #LakePoway #ModernHiker

A photo posted by Nicoletta Bozhilova (@nicboz) on

Next, Rob F. tackled the infamous Cactus to Clouds Trail up to the summit of Mount San Jacinto. It’s a grueling 23 mile hike with an eye-popping 10,400 foot elevation gain (!) and, as Rob notes, hikers who travel it can often go through all four seasons in a single day. Congratulations!

And speaking of seasons, did you know you can find some winter around SoCal right now? Instagrammer Acahuantzi took a trip up Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak recently and snagged this shot that looks like it could belong on a killer holiday card:

Everyone will be getting a code for 30% off their next order from our friends at Sierra Trading Post that’s good through the end of the year.

You can get in on next week’s Photo Friday by tagging your photos with the hashtag #modernhiker on Instagram or Twitter or by submitting them directly to our Flickr Group.