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Chasing Waterfall Hikes

It's going to be a million degrees here in So Cal this Labor Day weekend. So in typical Southern California style, we are going in search of some water to cool off in the shade of forest settings. Here are some of my favorite waterfall hikes, easily accessible from the foothill communities along Interstate 210.… Continue reading Chasing Waterfall Hikes

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Great Workout Hikes: Van Tassel Trail

Running the trail with the boy. Above the foothills of Duarte, California, beginning at the trailhead located at the Fish Canyon staging area, is a fantastic workout hike. The Van Tassel Trail is a perfect trek for hikers training for more challenging hikes, as well as trail runners, cyclists, and folks who just want a… Continue reading Great Workout Hikes: Van Tassel Trail

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Hiking the Angeles: Chantry Flat Trails

An area we frequent on our hikes is Big Santa Anita Canyon in the mountains above Sierra Madre and Arcadia.  This is located in part of the Angeles National Forest. From I-210, follow Santa Anita Avenue north into the foothills. Parking is at the top of the winding mountain road, in what is known as Chantry… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Chantry Flat Trails

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Monday Night Hikes: Henninger Flats

It’s that time again: hiking season, the most wonderful time of the year. Starting in February, we hike up to Henninger Flats campground every Monday evening, weather permitting. With the atmospheric river and mild El Niño weather pattern, we had to miss a few weeks thanks to rains. But the reward has been much more… Continue reading Monday Night Hikes: Henninger Flats

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Great Hikes… Be Prepared

Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors.  Weather, unexpected terrain, wildlife (by which I typically mean insects and snakes,… Continue reading Great Hikes… Be Prepared