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Easy Hike to Trail Canyon Falls in LA

Trail Canyon Falls is one of my favorite short, easy, family-friendly waterfall hikes in the Los Angeles area. It’s been a dry winter so GO NOW while the waterfall is still flowing. Be aware though, there is a lot of poison ivy along the trail, specifically around the first half closer to the water.

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports Winter Mountaineering

Climb the Mountaineers Route on Mount Whitney 14,505 ft

Mount Whitney is the highest peak of the contiguous US sitting at 14,505 ft. The Mountaineers Route makes for a unique experience, different from the standard hiking trail, and Spring is a great time to climb the mountaineers route! Read on for more info and learn more on the gear you need for a better experience.

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails Winter Mountaineering

Safety Concerns When Planning a Winter Hike in Southern California Mountains

The San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains are home to many accessible trails, but also some rugged mountain terrains. In the wintertime particularly, SoCal gets hit with a good amount of snow which makes these mountains a different level of playing field compared to Spring, Summer, and Fall.

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Ladyface Mountain: One Mile Ridge Hike in Agoura Hills

This short, but steep, day hike near Los Angeles reminds me of island ridge hikes.

The trail includes some short class 3 scrambles but can be bypassed by hiking the dirt trail around most of it.

It’s a good hike if you’re looking for a quick, short, booty-blasting workout with a little spice.

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Hike Reports National Parks

Hike Death Valley’s Telescope Peak in the Winter

Telescope Peak in Death Valley is a great hike option in the winter if you’re looking for an accessible high-altitude hike (11,046 ft) in California. There is snow on the trail but the elevation gain is moderate. Read more to learn why you should hike Telescope Peak in the winter instead of other seasons.

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

2021 in Review: The Year of Climbing

This past year has been a thrilling ride full of anxiety. On one hand, I’ve never lived more. On the other hand, I’ve never been so stressed living. Every time I headed out into the mountains, I felt like I was losing years of my life with all the stress and anxiety, but also gaining […]

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Hike Reports Winter Mountaineering

Climb Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch 14,179 ft

Avalanche Gulch is the most popular and easily-accessible trail to reach the summit of Mount Shasta 14,179 ft. Here’s everything you need to know to reach the top of this volcano including permits, gear, and route info. Ready to climb an easy CA 14er?

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Hiking Split Mountain in the Eastern Sierra 14,058 ft

Split Mountain is one of California’s easier 14er, but it’s a long slog. It can be done as a day hike or an overnight trip – read more about backpacking to Red Lake and Split Mountain 14,058 ft.

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Backpacking Minaret Lake Loop & Climb Volcanic Ridge in Mammoth

The Minaret Lake Loop is one of the most popular and picturesque areas near Mammoth Lakes. There are many options to day hike or overnight camp in Ansel Adams Wilderness – learn about climbing the Volcanic Ridge (11,506 ft) as well to get an eye-level view of the Minarets!

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Hike Big Pine Lakes to all Seven Lakes and Climb Cloudripper

Cloudripper is the 58th tallest peak in California and the tallest in the Inconsolable Range of the Eastern Sierra Mountains. It can be easiest accessed from Big Pine Lakes through a class two scramble at the end of seventh lake. Read on to hike through the glacial lakes and end up at a 13er!

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