Top 3 Hiking Shoe Recommendations


Gear Guide

I have three go-to pair of shoes for the trails: Adidas Terrex Fast Surround hiking boots for lightweight hiking and backpacking, Adidas Terrex Parley hiking shoes for water trails, and Lowa Renegades for a heftier hiking boot option. Read on for my review of each shoe to find which one best suits your needs and […]

July 12, 2019

Lakes Trail to Pear Lake, Sequoia National Park


Hike Reports, National Parks

HIKE TO: Heather Lake, Aster Lake, Emerald Lake and Pear LakeTRAIL: The Lakes TrailMILES: 12.4 miles (15.4 miles according to my tracker)TIME: 1 night (3:30 hr in, 3:45 hr out)DATE I WENT: 10/13/18 – 10/14/18DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 9629 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 2625/423 ft HIKE PERMIT: yes, first come first serve at the visitor center onlyLOCATION: Sequoia National Park, […]

June 21, 2019

Backpacking Duck Pass Trail


Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

HIKE TO: Barney Lake, Duck Pass, Duck Lake, and Pika LakeTRAIL: Duck Pass TrailMILES: 5.6 miles one wayELEVATION GAIN: 1739 ftMAX ELEVATION: 10502 ftTIME: 2 days/ 1 night (or you can day hike it 3.5 hr one way)DATE I WENT: 9/1 – 9/2, 2018DIFFICULTY: moderate backpacking trailHIKE PERMIT: yes, wilderness permit required for backcountry campingLOCATION: […]

May 12, 2019

Wildflowers in Southern California


Hike Reports

Timing is everything. Today marks the first day of Spring and wildflowers are popping up all over Southern California! Here is a guide for you to visit some wildflowers within a short drive from Los Angeles, as well as places with wildflower spottings from previous years to keep an eye on. *Reminder: the wilderness is […]

March 20, 2019

International Women’s Day 2019


Hike Reports

7 women to follow on Instagram 👭👭👭👇 The 2019 International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter and the question they ask is how can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? I woke up this morning feeling inspired to write about something besides my usual adventures. Personally, I think we should celebrate women’s achievements everyday, […]

March 8, 2019

Mt Whitney: Day Hike vs. Overnight Hike


Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

Mount Whitney 14,505 ft… It’s the tallest mountain in the continental US and I’ve been fortunate to summit it 3 times now as both day hikes and an overnight backpacking trip. I have been asked which one is better… so let me break it down for you. 2019 Permits: click to apply for the lotto from 2/22 until 3/15 […]

February 22, 2019

Packing for Patagonia


Gear Guide

Patagonia is a bit of a longer trip and I always thought I would need to pack a lot, but I really didn’t need much. If you haven’t already checked out my blog post from my 16-day trip to Patagonia on both the Chile and Argentina side, you can read about it here. As requested, […]

February 13, 2019