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The Fires Around Us

It has been a sad week here in the San Gabriel Valley. Since Labor Day weekend, amidst a record-breaking, infernal heat wave, the mountains above us have been scorched by fire. A persistent brown-grey cloud has hovered over the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and the valley below, causing extremely poor air quality, yet… Continue reading The Fires Around Us

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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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A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

Samantha at the summit. This past Saturday, with the help of a Subway sandwich bribe, I convinced Samantha, my twelve-year-old, to hike up Mt. Baden-Powell with some of our Scouts as part of their Sierra training. We started from Vincent Gap off California Highway 2, up forty unforgiving switchbacks, and made it to the peak… Continue reading A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

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The Lower Arroyo Seco Trails

An iconic Southern California landmark is the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, running alongside California Route 134 and Interstate 210, spanning what is known as the Arroyo Seco.  Translated from Spanish to mean "dry stream," the Arroyo Seco is a stream and watershed in Los Angeles County.  It begins in the San Gabriel Mountains, and… Continue reading The Lower Arroyo Seco Trails

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Scout Life: Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

Ready to head to the summit. Last summer, Emily and I had the opportunity to complete what could be considered a Scout rite of passage.  We hiked from Vincent Gap, up forty unrelenting switchbacks, and made it to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. Named for Lord Robert… Continue reading Scout Life: Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell