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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 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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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 Winter Mountaineering

Matterhorn Peak: My First Time Winter Mountaineering and Snow Camping

Matterhorn Peak is the highest summit of the Sawtooth Range in the CA Sierra Nevada. Climbing the East Couloir as my first winter mountaineering experience was a good choice for a beginner – read on for my experience on my first backcountry snow camping and climbing with a fear of heights.

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Gear Guide Hike Reports Winter Mountaineering

Snow Hiking Basic Safety Guidelines

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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Hike Reports National Parks

Upper Yosemite Falls, Struggles of a Winter Hike

Hike summary: ♦ Trail:  Upper Yosemite Falls Trail ♦ Distance:  7.4 miles ♦ Time:  6 hrs 15 mins (including breaks) ♦ Elevation Gain:  2,926 ft (max: 6,961 ft) ♦ Difficulty Level: strenuous (tallest waterfall in Yosemite National Park) Winter hikes are really a wondrous things… trails are less busy, everything is white, and the experience is completely different than a summer/spring hike. […]

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Hike Reports

Tennis Time

I miss it.  It has been awhile since I played tennis.  I specifically remember the last time I played too — Black Friday.  & I played terribly that night.  Before that was another month or so.  But today, I think I played very well, especially considering the weather.  LA has been ridiculously chilly this winter […]

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