HikingGuy.com

HikingGuy.com


Everything you need to know for your next hiking adventure.

About Hiking Guy, aka Cris Hazzard

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Life can be an adventure, but it's all up to you.
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.
How Hiking Can Change Your Life

Gear I Use & Recommend

camelbak mule nv daypack review
The Sweat-Proof Backpack
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.
Check It OutAsolo Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots Review
The Last Pair of Hiking Boots You'll Need
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.
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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.
Check It Outblack diamond trekking poles
My Secret Weapon
These lightweight trekking poles will help pull you uphill, improve your stability, stop slipping on descents, and take strain off your knees.
Check It Outnew balance minimus trail
Modern Day Moccasins
When you don't want all the bulk of  a hiking boot, these lightweight hiking shoes are durable, protect your feet from debris, drain water, and don't even feel like they're there.
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Ontario Peak Hike (with a hike to Bighorn Peak)

Ontario Peak Hike (with a hike to Bighorn Peak)

The Ontario Peak hike offers the best of the LA mountain hikes, but without the crowds. You'll have great views, mountain trails, and maybe you'll even spot bighorn sheep (I did!). This hike also includes a side trip to Bighorn Peak, which is worth the short detour.

LA Mountain Hikes  

The Cucamonga Peak Hike via Icehouse Canyon

The Cucamonga Peak Hike via Icehouse Canyon

The Cucamonga Peak hike is one of my favorite LA mountain hikes. The climb is tough but not brutal, the scenery and views are awesome, and the crowds aren't as bad as Mount Baldy.

Best LA Hikes  LA Mountain Hikes  

The Modjeska Peak Hike

The Modjeska Peak Hike

The Modjeska Peak hike is challenging - long, steep, and exposed. The hike goes to the second highest point in Orange County, Modjeska Peak, which is a much nicer summit than nearby Santiago Peak. Not a hike for beginners - you need a good level of fitness to safely do this challenging hike.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." Words of wisdom from the man himself, John Muir. We can dream, speculate, and postulate about the Universe, or we can get our hands dirty, go outside, and actually experience it.

Hiking Quotes  

The Santiago Peak Hike (aka the Saddleback Mountain Hike)

The Santiago Peak Hike (aka the Saddleback Mountain Hike)

The Santiago Peak hike (also known as the Saddleback Mountain hike) climbs to Orange County's highest point. Santiago Peak dominates the Orange County skyline on a clear day, and is the highest peak in the Santa Ana Mountains, just begging to be hiked. This hike takes the shortest and most scenic route, the Holy Jim Trail.

Best Orange County Hikes  

The Mt Wilson Trail Hike

The Mt Wilson Trail Hike

The Mt Wilson Trail hike brings you the top of iconic Mt. Wilson, which can be seen from most of LA. It's the mountain with all the antennas on top. Hiking to the Mt Wilson summit gives you great views of all of LA, and the chance to visit the Mt Wilson Observatory, which has museums and a snack bar. It's a tough hike but worth the effort.

Best LA Hikes  LA Mountain Hikes  

The Mt Baldy Hike

The Mt Baldy Hike

Everyone does the Mt Baldy hike, it's the tallest mountain in LA and the San Gabriel range. Mt Baldy's official name is Mt San Antonio, and it's 10,064 feet high. Getting to the top is not easy, it's about 4000 ft of tough climbing, but after the hike to the summit, you can see from the Pacific to the Mojave on a clear day. The hike is well worth the effort.

Best LA Hikes  LA Mountain Hikes  Must Do Hikes  

The Mt Baden-Powell Hike

The Mt Baden-Powell Hike

The 3000 feet of climbing on the Mt Baden-Powell hike will challenge your legs and lungs, but the 360 degree panoramic views at the top make it all worth the effort.

Best LA Hikes  LA Mountain Hikes  

The Peters Canyon Hike: An Orange County Hiking Favorite

The Peters Canyon Hike: An Orange County Hiking Favorite

If you're looking for a good Peters Canyon hike, this route offers the best of the park. You get great views, well marked trails, and a shady boardwalk through a lush creek. Peters Canyon Regional Park is easily accessible from most of Orange County, and is a great hike that's not too far off the beaten path.

Best Orange County Hikes  

Know Where You’re Going

Know Where You’re Going

There are many trails, in the wilderness and in life. Look inside and think about where you want to go, and then find the trails that take you there. Carry this hiking wisdom with you on and off the trail.