HikingGuy.com

HikingGuy.com


Everything you need to know for your next hiking adventure.

About Hiking Guy, aka Cris Hazzard

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Make your life an adventure.
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. Get outside, share your adventures, and make the world a better place.
How Hiking Can Change Your Life

Gear I Use & Recommend

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My All Time Favorite Hiking Boot
They're light like minimal trail running shoes, but they protect your feet like hiking boots. See why I feel in love with these suckers.
Check It Outcamelbak mule nv daypack review
The Last Daypack You'll Need
This pack (with water bladder) stays raised off my back, keeping it dry. It's roomy enough for simple overnights or day hikes.
Check It Outgarmin fenix 3 hiking watch gps
My Favorite Piece of Gear
This watch does everything: hiking routes, barometer, altimeter, notifications (like Apple Watch), sleep tracking, daily steps, run and bike ride tracking, heart rate, and so much more.
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The Toughest Hiking Boots
These boots have been going strong since 2007.. I've used them in the desert, the rain forests, the mountains, everywhere, and they're still as comfortable as the day I got them.
Check It Outblack diamond trekking poles
Hike Like The Pros
These lightweight trekking poles will help pull you uphill, improve your stability, stop slipping on descents, and take strain off your knees.
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Don't Leave Home Without This
Twist an ankle, get hurt or lost? Just hit a button and GPS beacons signal rescuers, letting them hone in your position. It works where cell phones don't.
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How to Hike FAQ

How to Hike FAQ

If you're 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. Or death. As they say, "you don't know what you don't know." This "how to hike" FAQ will get you hiking in the right direction.

Echo Mountain Hike

Echo Mountain Hike

The Echo Mountain Hike packs a lot of bang for the buck. The hike is easy to follow, has great views, is a good workout, and ends at ruins of an old hotel. These directions have an optional hike to the viewpoint at Inspiration Point.

Best LA Hikes  LA Mountain Hikes  

Gifts For Hikers 2015

Gifts For Hikers 2015

Hiking gear can be confusing if you're not "into it" - this guide has great gifts for hikers at every price range.

Cowles Mountain Hike (San Diego)

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.

Best San Diego Hikes  San Diego Mountain Hikes  

Garmin Fenix 3 Hiking GPS Review

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.

GPS  Must Have Gear  

Creating a Hike For Garmin GPS

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.

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Hiking Stonewall Peak Trail (San Diego)

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.

Best San Diego Hikes  San Diego Mountain Hikes  

Hike Cuyamaca Peak (San Diego)

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 San Diego Hikes  San Diego Mountain Hikes  

Best LA Hikes: the Mountain Hikes

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.

LA Mountain Hikes  

Hike San Gorgonio

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.

LA Mountain Hikes  Must Do Hikes