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Flagstaff Area National Monuments

Over our nearly twenty years of travel as a family, Flagstaff, Arizona has become a place we frequent, either as a stop on our road tripping adventures or as a vacation of its own. Located along Interstate 40 and U.S. 89, Flagstaff is in relatively close proximity to two national parks. The South Rim of… Continue reading Flagstaff Area National Monuments

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Hiking the Peaks of the Angeles: Mt. Islip

The view from Windy Gap For breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Valley and the Los Angeles Basin to the Mojave Desert and the lower peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains, all from 8250 feet and without all the crowds, Mt. Islip is the hike for you. There are two routes that can be taken… Continue reading Hiking the Peaks of the Angeles: Mt. Islip

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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