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Welcome to HikingGuy

Hi, I’m Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy. I created this site to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different in that it gives very detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I share the hiking tricks and tips that I’ve learned over the years to fast-track you into a hiking pro. And I tell you what hiking gear works and what gear doesn’t so you don’t waste your money. Happy trails to you!

(I also offer guided hiking tours for groups and events.)

Most Popular Articles

The Modern Hiking Essentials

hiking essentials

The 10 hiking essentials are the recommended key survival tools that hikers should bring with them on every hike. The original 10 essentials date back the 1930s. Here’s my take on the modern hiking essentials and how to use them.

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Mt Whitney Hike

mt whitney needles

The Mt Whitney hike is on every hiker’s bucket list. At 14,505 feet, it’s the highest point in the lower 48, and is one of those rare high peaks that you can hike to without any mountaineering skills. There is some prep work you need to do, like getting your Mt Whitney permit. This hike guide has everything you need to know to successfully climb Mt Whitney. That includes choosing a route, getting your permit, extra hiking gear considerations, planning your trip, training, and dealing with altitude. Keep reading for all the info.

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Cactus to Clouds Hike

cactus to clouds hike

The Cactus to Clouds hike is epic. It has over 10,000 feet of climbing, with a large stretch on the treacherous Skyline Trail, the Cactus to Clouds hike should only be attempted by the very experienced and very fit hiker.

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Hiking For Beginners

beginner hiker at bridge

If you are not a hiking pro, this is where to start. Learning how to hike safely can mean the difference between a fun day outdoors or the hike from hell. This article will get you hiking in the right direction.

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Garmin Fenix 3 Hiking GPS Review

hiking with garmin fenix 3 gps

The Garmin Fenix 3 is my favorite piece of hiking gear, bar none. It’s like having an outdoors smartphone on my wrist, 24/7. The Fenix 3 has hundreds of features. Here’s what’s good, what’s not, and why you should get this awesome hiking watch.

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Best Hiking Shoe: La Sportiva Synthesis Review

la sportive synthesis hiking shoes

After months of testing, I can easily say that the La Sportiva Synthesis is the best hiking shoe or hiking boot that I’ve owned. This hiking shoe is lightweight, rugged, and has a great trail feel. I use it for everything now. Here’s why it’s so great.

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Saddleback Mountain Hike (Santiago Peak)

Saddleback Mountain Hike

Hiking Saddleback Mountain takes you to the highest point in Orange County, Santiago Peak. It’s also the highest point in the Santa Ana mountains. This hike takes the scenic Holy Jim Trail, which is also the shortest route to the summit.

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Mt Baldy Hike

mt baldy hike

The Mt Baldy hike brings you to the highest point in LA at 10,064 feet. With about 4000 feet of climbing, it’s a tough yet popular hike, and well worth the effort. You can see from the Pacific to the Mojave on a clear day.

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Do I Need Hiking Boots?

hiking boots with mountain

New hikers often ask me if they need hiking boots. You don’t, in fact, there might be better choices for you. I’ve hiked in boots, hiking shoes, a pair of hiking sandals, and sometimes barefoot. This is what I found out after a journey of a million blisters.

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The Easy Hollywood Sign Hike

Hollywood Sign Hike

The Hollywood Sign hike is one of those iconic hikes that you need to do at least once. Not only will you hike to the Hollywood Sign, but you’ll get some spectacular views of LA along the way.

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Torrey Pines Hike

Torrey Pines Hike

This Torrey Pines hike takes you to the best of the park – rare Torrey Pines, ocean views, and unique geology. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of those once in a lifetime destinations, I highly recommend this hike!

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Is REI Membership Worth It?

rei membership dividend

Is REI Membership worth It? It will save you 10%+ on your purchases and also has a lot of other benefits that not everyone knows about. Here’s how an REI Membership can work for you…

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Latest Articles

Hike the Mobius Arch Loop Trail

mobius arch loop trail hike

If you’re in Lone Pine, CA, don’t miss the Mobius Arch Loop Trail. It’s an easy hike that has one of the best photo opportunities in the Eastern Sierras. You’ll be able to perfectly frame Mt Whitney within a natural rock arch formation. The Mobius Arch Loop Trail is within Alabama Hills Recreation Area, which is a popular filming location. You might recognize some of the spots in Alabama Hills from Django Unchained, Gladiator and Iron Man.

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Why I Hike: Katie Goldie

katie goldie

Katie Goldie is a super talented outdoors photographer and storyteller. Having grown up in the Canadian Rockies, going the extra mile to get a spectacular shot is the norm for Katie. Her work is beautiful, inspiring, and unique. Here’s why she hikes.

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Why I Hike: Krystian Repolona

Krystian Repolona hikes

After working in the emergency room for some time and dealing with life and death on a daily basis, Krystian Repolona realized that life is too short and that tomorrow is promised to no one. He decided to make his dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail come true before it was too late; a journey which he completed last October. This year he’s heading out on the PCT. His photos are great at capturing moments out in nature and life on the trail. Here’s why he hikes.

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Hike

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Hike

This Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest hike takes you through awe-inspiring groves of the oldest trees in the world, Bristlecone Pines. The hike is relatively easy, on a well marked trail, and includes a very cool visitor center and info. It’s not close to much else, but if you’re in the area, this hike through the Bristlecone Pine forest is your move.

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Why I Hike: Erin Outdoors

erin outdoors hikes

Erin Outdoors is a popular adventure writer, blogger, YouTuber, and Instagrammer. Her look at the adventurous life is a fun read, her images are great, and I really appreciate her honesty and transparency on a life of travel and adventure. She’s also worked with OluKai, REI, Zappos, and Chaco. And well, this is why she hikes.

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Why I Hike: Backpack Bren

backpack bren hikes

Backpack Bren has been traveling and hiking on the cheap in some of the most scenic spots in the world. The photos on her Instagram account are spectacular, and she has a blog that documents her travel and tips. Here’s why Backpack Bren hikes.

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Hiking on Catalina Island to Parsons Landing Campsite

Parsons Landing hike camp

Hiking on Catalina Island offers some beautiful options, but I think the hike to and overnight at Parsons Landing campsite is the best. You’ll camp on a secluded beach, with the sounds of the waves as your soundtrack. There are only 8 campsites, the hike is easy, and the scenery is breathtaking. Do it. Do it.

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Why I Hike: Kyle Frost

kyle frost

Kyle Frost is an adventure photographer, digital product designer, and lead designer at The Outbound Collective website. Kyle is based out Boulder, CO, and gets tons of trail miles under his boots in the Rockies. Here’s why he hikes.

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How To Prevent Blisters

how to prevent blisters heel blister

Blisters are the most common foot problem encountered by hikers, and they can turn the most epic hike into the most painful one. Here’s how to prevent blisters and have a pain free hike. And keep reading for an insider hiking tip that’s helped me prevent blisters on every and any hike.

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Why I Hike: Jess Miller

jess miller hikes

Jess Miller is a great outdoors spirit. She has a hiking blog that highlights her hiking adventures and offers tips on the hikes she does. She also has a great Instagram account with some spectacular shots. Here’s why she hikes.

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