Hi, I'm Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional outdoors guide, hiking expert, outdoor technology geek, and author based in Southern California. I created this website to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different because it gives detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I also share what hiking gear works and doesn't so you don't waste money. I don't have sponsored or promoted gear; I share only the gear recommendations, hikes, and tips that I would with my family and friends. If you like the website and YouTube channel, please support these free guides (I couldn't do it without folks like you!). See you out on the trails!