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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 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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Monrovia Canyon Park

Sami pretends to be Samson the Bear At the end of Canyon Boulevard in Monrovia, California, nestled in the foothills of this All-American City, sits Monrovia Canyon Park. This woodland park has long been a favorite spot of mine. Since my parents moved to Monrovia over my sophomore year in high school, I have enjoyed… Continue reading Monrovia Canyon Park

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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