HikingGuy.com

HikingGuy.com


Everything you need to know for your next hiking adventure.

About Hiking Guy, aka Cris Hazzard

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Life can be an adventure, but it's all up to you.
Experiencing the outdoors through hiking is the easy way to have some fun, get fit, and let nature recharge your batteries. I'm sharing these easy hiking directions and hiking tips to help you live some adventure too.
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Gear I Use & Recommend

camelbak mule nv daypack review
Hiking Daypack With Water Bladder
My daypack is the Camelbak Mule NV. It's durable, roomy, simple, and just works.
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GPS Hiking Watch
My Garmin Fenix 3 is the bomb. I use it for hiking, running, biking, daily steps, and tracking my sleep. This is really a great product, my favorite piece of gear.
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My Ultra-Tough Hiking Boots
I've had the same pair of boots since 2007 and they're going strong. I've used them in the desert, the rain forests, the mountains, everywhere. They're like old friends at this point.
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GPS Rescue Beacon
This one is a no-brainer. It's the size of a mouse and dead simple. Hit a button, GPS and the local beacon activate, and search and rescue finds you. Don't leave home without it.
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Ultra-Lightweight Trekking Poles
I use these when I have any climbs or descents. They help pull me uphill, they improve my stability, and most importantly, they take some strain off my knees.
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Hiking Shoes
When I don't need the protection of hiking boots, I prefer the lightweight feel of hiking shoes. These not only protect my feet, but barely feel like they're there.
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The Layover: Hiking in Portland

The Layover: Hiking in Portland

Have some time to kill in Portland, Oregon? Here's your hiking in Portland guide - with options from a quick day hike to a full weekend hiking adventure.

Best Columbia River Gorge Hikes  Best Portland Hikes  

Hiking Laguna Beach: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Hiking Laguna Beach: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Hiking Laguna Beach doesn't have to mean walks along the ocean - Laguna Coast Wilderness Park offers challenging trails and some of the last remaining undeveloped coastal canyons in Southern California. Expect climbs to great views, lush canyon paths, a cliff, and probably some wildlife along the way.

Best Orange County Hikes  

The Dog Mountain Hike: Great Columbia River Gorge Views

The Dog Mountain Hike: Great Columbia River Gorge Views

The Dog Mountain Hike isn't easy, but the effort is worth it. This hike has awesome panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge and some of the Cascades peaks. If you're looking for the Columbia River Gorge hike that has the best views, this is it.

Best Columbia River Gorge Hikes  Best Portland Hikes  

The Oneonta Gorge Hike to Triple Falls

The Oneonta Gorge Hike to Triple Falls

The Oneonta Gorge hike to Triple Falls Close is close to Multnomah Falls and has great waterfalls, just without the huge crowds on the normal Columbia Gorge hikes.

Best Columbia River Gorge Hikes  Best Portland Hikes  

The Easy Phoenix Hike: McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Easy Phoenix Hike: McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Camelback Mountain is usually crowded and busy. For a peaceful and easy hike in Phoenix, head over to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It’s a quiet hike with great views, easy trails, and great Sonoran desert scenery.

Best Phoenix Hikes  Best Scottsdale Hikes  

Crystal Cove Hiking: The Ocean View Hike

Crystal Cove Hiking: The Ocean View Hike

For the best Crystal Cove hiking, this ocean view hike offers a climb to the highest coastal peak, views of all the mountain ranges, Catalina Island, and the Pacific Ocean. One of my favorites!

Best Ocean Hikes  Best Orange County Hikes  

Camelbak MULE NV Review: The Best Daypack 2015

Camelbak MULE NV Review: The Best Daypack 2015

Some other daypacks might have more bells and whistles, but the Camelbak Mule NV comes out ahead, hands down. It’s my goto pack for everything outdoors. Some of my buddies have other packs, but everyone ends up complimenting me on this great hiking daypack.

Hiking Survival  Must Have Gear  

The Easy Hollywood Sign Hike

The Easy Hollywood Sign Hike

The Hollywood Sign Hike is a must-do if you're in LA. This hike has lot of great views of the Hollywood Sign, and brings you to the top of Mt. Lee, right next to the sign. It's a short and relatively easy hike that has some great views of Los Angeles.

Best LA Hikes  Must Do Hikes  

The Eagle Creek Trail Hike to Punchbowl Falls

The Eagle Creek Trail Hike to Punchbowl Falls

Hiking Eagle Creek Trail to Punchbowl Falls is one of the most beautiful hikes in Colombia Gorge. The hike has waterfalls, cliffs, and scenery out of Lord of the Rings. It's easy to understand how this is a local's favorite.

Best Columbia River Gorge Hikes  Best Portland Hikes  

Hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve

Hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve

Hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve is probably on every hiker's bucket list. It's a beautiful ocean-side hike with the rare Torrey Pine, great views, and well-marked trails. There are a bunch of hiking options - this covers the "best of" loop.

Best Ocean Hikes  Best San Diego Hikes  Must Do Hikes