Everything you need to know for your next hiking adventure.
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.
Yellow Post Camping
Yellow post camping offers a free, backcountry camping alternative where you can escape the crowds. But is yellow post camping worth it? Here's the verdict.
Hiking San Jacinto Peak via Idyllwild and the PCT
Hiking San Jacinto peak is a southern California hiking rite of passage. John Muir called the views from San Jacinto peak "the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!" On a clear day, you can see from Catalina Island to Southern Utah. It's a tough hike but the payoff makes it worth it. This extra-scenic route includes a stretch on the famous Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Best Hiking Shoe 2015: La Sportiva Synthesis
The La Sportiva Synthesis is not only the best hiking shoe of 2015, but one of the best 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.
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.
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.
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." 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.
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.
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.