Everything you need to know for your next hiking adventure.
Cowles Mountain Hike (San Diego)
The Cowles Mountain hike brings you to the highest point in San Diego, with views from Mexico to Orange County. It's a tough little climb, and there are a few routes to the top. This hiking route is the most scenic, has the best parking situation, and the least crowds. It's a great, safe beginners hike, and a must-do if you're in San Diego.
Garmin Fenix 3 Hiking GPS Review
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.
Creating a Hike For Garmin GPS
Creating a hike and sending it to your Garmin GPS is easy when you pay Garmin for their maps, but not as obvious when you want to use the many free map options out there. The process is pretty straightforward, although not promoted by Garmin. Here's how to plan a hiking route and track, and then send it to your Garmin GPS and navigate with it.
Hiking Stonewall Peak Trail (San Diego)
If you're looking for a fun and easy peak, hike the Stonewall Peak Trail. The views are incredible, the trail is easy and well marked, and the top has a stone lookout where you can take it all in.
Hike Cuyamaca Peak (San Diego)
The hike to Cuyamaca Peak brings you to San Diego County's second highest point at 6,512 feet. It's only 20 feet lower than the highest peak, but much easier to hike. It's not the most "outdoorsy" hike. It's a paved trail and there are radio towers on the peak. But Cuyamaca peak is almost in the dead center of San Diego county. The views you get are incredible and make this hike worth your time.
Best LA Hikes: the Mountain Hikes
LA is not usually thought of as a mountain hiking city, but some of the best LA hikes are in the high mountains, all within an hour or so of downtown. In fact, some of these peaks are only a few thousand feet lower than Mt Whitney. Here are the best of the best.
Hike San Gorgonio
Everyone wants to hike San Gorgonio. At 11,503 feet, it's the highest peak in Southern California - a must for any peak bagger. This San Gorgonio trail guide takes Vivian Creek, which is the quickest (yet hard) way to the summit. It's a hard hike, long with a lot of climbing, but doable in a day, or as an overnight backpacking trip.
Yosemite Weekend Getaway
If you're planning a Yosemite weekend getaway, it's tough to know what to see and what to skip. This easy itinerary shows you the best things to do in Yosemite. You'll get a great overview of the park and set yourself up for future visits and hikes.
Hiking San Bernardino Peak
Hiking San Bernardino Peak (10,649 feet) is a bit different than most climbs in the San Bernardinos. You need a permit (easy to get), so there aren't any real crowds. It also offers some awesome camping options if you want to do the hike over two days. And of course, the views. San Bernardino Peak, at 10,649 feet, offers sweeping views of Mt Baldy, Mt San Jacinto, Big Bear Lake, and the Inland Empire.