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Ontario Peak via Icehouse Canyon

The day after returning home from our Utah-Arizona road trip adventure, we got up early and climbed a new mountain. The Saturday trek brought us back to Icehouse Canyon, but rather than hiking up Cucamonga Peak, we went up the spectacular Ontario Peak. The trail to Ontario Peak begins just off Mt. Baldy Road at… Continue reading Ontario Peak via Icehouse Canyon

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Claremont Wilderness Loop

In caring for my mental health, I have learned that a pleasant hike is a way to not just get some good exercise, but that it is also a way to reset my brain. Last weekend, I decided to head out with Owen to Claremont for some of that clarity. This popular hike in the… Continue reading Claremont Wilderness Loop

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Adventures in the Angeles: Brown Mountain Dam, Paul Little, and Owen Parker

Just a couple weeks after Owen's last trek in the Angeles to Gould Mesa from Angeles Crest Highway, we returned for another adventure. This time, instead of hanging out at the Gould Mesa Trail Camp, Owen and I headed north on the trail to the Paul Little Picnic Site along the Gabrielino Trail. Just like… Continue reading Adventures in the Angeles: Brown Mountain Dam, Paul Little, and Owen Parker

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Hiking the Angeles: Adventures Along the Angeles Crest

Happy Tales With Owen After a difficult day, with low-hanging dark clouds and the threat of rain still lingering in the air, we decided to spend that negative energy and turn it into a happy adventure. With the other previously scheduled events happening in the evening, I picked a hike that would be relatively easy… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Adventures Along the Angeles Crest

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Snow Much Fun in the San Gabriel Mountains

There’s something magical about snow covered mountains. This is especially true in Southern California where we really don’t get snow at elevations under about 5000 feet. Last weekend, as we prepared for the advent of spring, we headed up our local mountains in search of an adventure for our pets. About an hour away from… Continue reading Snow Much Fun in the San Gabriel Mountains