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Hiking the Angeles: Echo Mountain

Owen and I hike around Cobb Estate and the Altadena Crest Trail. Another fun front range hike with easy access from Altadena is the hike up Echo Mountain vía Sam Merrill Trail. The trail begins at what was once the Cobb Estate at the end of Lake Avenue and Loma Alta Drive. From here, you… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Echo Mountain

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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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Flight of the Butterflies

I was driving to Pasadena from work two weeks ago and in the air were hundreds of butterflies. Even in the suburban jungle I call home, California butterflies from the sweet Cabbage white to the majestic Western swallowtail are fairly common. But the swarm of butterflies heading west was a sight that I had never… Continue reading Flight of the Butterflies

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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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Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees Camp and Spruce Grove

The view of Mount Wilson from Mt. Zion. I love the great outdoors.  As I hike over five miles at least once a week, I can probably consider myself an avid hiker.  There isn’t much that I enjoy more than being out in nature. That said, I haven't spent much time backpacking. I have been… Continue reading Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees Camp and Spruce Grove