Hidden Pinyon Overlook in Snow Canyon State Park

Hike Reports

HIKE TO: Hidden Pinyon TRAIL: Hidden Pinyon Trail MILES: 1.69 mi TIME: 1 hr DATE I WENT: 12/15/19 DIFFICULTY: easy  ELEVATION: ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 146 ft  HIKE PERMIT: no ENTRANCE FEE/ PARKING: yes PET FRIENDLY: no LOCATION: Snow Canyon State Park, St. George, Utah If you’re short on time but want to get in […]

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Snow Hiking Basic Safety Guidelines

Gear Guide, Hike Reports

Pack list for beginner snow hikers (day hikes only) + basic safety tips If you’re new to snow hiking and not sure where to start… we’ve all been there. The two questions I got the most from snow hikes are: wasn’t it cold & did you have microspikes… so I’ve prepared a winter day hike […]

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Best of 2019 Hikes

Hike Reports

2019 has been a year filled with lots of new adventures along with some old favorite trails. I’ve put together a list of my top 9 hikes from 2019 according to the Top 9 posts you guys liked the most this past year. Blanca Lake, Washington Henry M Jackson Wilderness Area in the Cascade MountainsThe […]

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Snow Hike to Smith Mountain Saddle

Hike Reports, LA / SoCal Trails

HIKE TO: Smith Saddle (the saddle before Smith Mountain) TRAIL: Upper Bear Creek Trail MILES: 5.98 mi TIME: 4:05 hr total time, 3:18 hr moving time DATE I WENT: 11/30/19 DIFFICULTY: easy  ELEVATION: 4291 ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 982 ft  HIKE PERMIT: no LOCATION: San Gabriel Mountains in Angeles National Forest, California This past Thanksgiving […]

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Intro to Packrafting


Hike Reports

July 15-20, 2019Author: Tiffany Lin | Photographer: Mina Lee + Tiffany’s iPhoneLocation: Lake TahoeBoat Model: Rogue Lite If you know me, you’ll know I’m not much of a water person. I’m actually scared of the big, open water and can’t tolerate being in cold water very well. Two years ago, I went to a beginner’s […]

August 23, 2019

Top 3 Hiking Shoe Recommendations in 2019


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 Lake TRAIL: The Lakes Trail MILES: 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 – 10/14/18 DIFFICULTY: moderate  ELEVATION: 9629 ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 2625/423 ft  HIKE PERMIT: yes for overnight camping LOCATION: […]

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