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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

Garmin eTrex 20x Hiking GPS Review

Garmin eTrex 20x Hiking GPS Review

The Garmin eTrex 20x is your best bet for a dedicated, outdoor ready hiking GPS. There are more expensive models, and smartphone alternatives, but for a lot of hikers, the eTrex 20x will give you the best bang for the buck. Here’s why I recommend it.

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Why I Hike: Vanessa Renee

Why I Hike: Vanessa Renee

Vanessa is the founder of Her Wanderful Life, an inspirational Instagram account featuring adventurous outdoor women who inspire through active living. She also has a blog called Forever We Wander that features her hiking adventures. Here’s why she hikes.

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NOLS Wilderness First Aid Class Review

NOLS Wilderness First Aid Class Review

Taking a wilderness first aid class is one of the best investments you can make. It’ll take a weekend of your time, and in return you’ll learn how to potentially save lives in the wilderness. Here’s a review of the NOLS Wilderness First Aid class that I took at REI. I highly recommend it.

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How to Survive Mountain Lion Attacks

How to Survive Mountain Lion Attacks

You should be scared of mountain lions. Weighing up to 200 lbs, they’re the largest wildcat in North America. If you ever see one up close, you’ll realize they’re almost as big as a female lion you’d see in Africa. A little knowledge goes a long way in surviving a mountain lion attack, and more importantly, avoiding them all together. Here’s how to understand mountain lion behaivor and survive outdoors safely with them.

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Why I Hike: Renee Hahnel

Why I Hike: Renee Hahnel

Renee Hahnel is a photographer, blogger and trail lover. She travels the world with her husband, Matthew Hahnel. Renee has travelled to 29 countries and her hiking bucket list continues to grow every day. She is currently on a road trip to every National Park in the USA and hitting up some of the best trails in the country. Here’s why she hikes.

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hike To Mt San Jacinto

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hike To Mt San Jacinto

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hike to Mt San Jacinto is a great way to bag Southern California’s second highest peak without a huge effort. It’s still a tough 11 mile hike, but nothing like climbing to Mt San Jacinto from Palm Springs or Idyllwild. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway cuts about 8,000 feet of climbing off the hike, and offers a nice base station where you can grab a beer and bite after your summit. A really fun and insanely beautiful hike.

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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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