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5 Hikes to Escape the Phoenix Heat This Summer

The summer in Phoenix is brutal. While the rest of the country is excited for summer and planning epic hikes, Phoenicians cannot wait until summer is …

Hike Your Own Hike

If you’re hiking a list, it might be time to stop<p>At my hiking presentations, there’s a moment before I kick things off where I announce, “because I …

Hiking

The Value of a Landscape

The first time I traveled to Carrizo Plain National Monument, there were plenty of things to draw my attention – but what struck me most was what</i> …

EDITORIAL: Too Many Boots on the Trail?

I’ve been doing a lot of appearances lately to promote my book, which has given me the chance to talk to lots of people at all different levels of …

Cycling the Central Coast

<i>The following is a sponsored post for Cycle Central Coast. All opinions expressed here are our own.</i><p>Located approximately halfway between Los Angeles …

Memorial Event for John Robinson

A celebration of the life and writing of John W. Robinson will be held this Saturday, June 2nd in Sierra Madre. The event is free and open to the …

5 Trails To Escape June Gloom in L.A.

Full disclosure — we here at Modern Hiker love our June Gloom. Technically called the marine layer but sometimes also called the May Gray — or in …

Opinion: Mountain Bikers Make Deal With Anti-Parks Caucus

At a time when National Monuments are under attack and Congress is considering a number of bills attacking public lands and the health of the …

Are Outdoor Agencies Relying *Too Much* On Volunteers? (EDITORIAL)

Three and a half years after it was proclaimed in the backyard of Los Angeles, the much-anticipated draft management plan for the new San Gabriel …

Forests

Gold Line Shuttle to Echo Mountain Starts in April

In what is excellent news for people who like getting to trailheads without a car, a new low-cost shuttle service to a popular San Gabriel Mountains …

TRAILBLAZERS: Elkpen

<b>Trailblazer</b>: Elkpen <b><br>Trailblazing Role</b>: Conservation-minded visual artist and storyteller linking urban environments and natural history <b><br>Location</b>: Los …

It’s Time for Digital Leave No Trace Principles

You’ve no doubt seen the sentiment in headlines dozens of times: Instagram is killing a trail; Social media is ruining the outdoor experience; Parks …

Is Runyon the Next Big Hiking Conflict For Los Angeles?

Crowds at trails.<p>If you’ve been hiking for even a short while, you’ve experienced them, been frustrated by them, and maybe even given up on a planned …

Los Angeles

EDITORIAL: The 11th Essential

Most outdoor enthusiasts are well versed in the Ten Essentials — a list of recommended items or systems to help ensure you’re prepared if your …

Best Waterfall Hikes Near Los Angeles

Yes, Los Angeles has waterfalls.<p>Visitors, travelers, and newly transplanted Angelenos from other parts of the country often mistake the summer-brown …

Our Favorite Outdoor Books of 2017

So it’s about the tail end of 2017, and everyone’s been posting their gear roundups and stocking stuffers for the holiday season. While I think …

Best Outdoor Guidebooks of 2017

So here we are in 2017, and the Internet <i>still</i> hasn’t killed all print media yet.<p>I’ve been running Modern Hiker for 11 years now, and I know the web …

Mountain Bloodline: The San Gabriels

by Bryn Barabas Potter<p><i>This past fall, the National Forest Foundation sponsored a blog contest to celebrate local community connections the San</i> …

Fact Checking the Secretary of Interior’s Fact Check

On December 4th, Donald Trump issued a proclamation eviscerating the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments. …

Lawsuits Filed to Protect National Monuments from Trump

On Monday, December 4, 2017, Donald Trump issued a proclamation from Salt Lake City that would reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante National …

Going Deep: 5 SoCal Hikes with Depth

<i>This article is directed toward an audience of legal drinking age.</i><p>There are different kinds of hikes and different kinds of hikers — you’ve probably …

Interview: Shawnté Salabert, Author of Hiking the PCT: SoCal

The Pacific Crest Trail — it beckons hikers, travelers, and wanderers with an almost mythical pull. Stretching 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada …

Interview with Scott Turner, Author of Afoot and Afield: San Diego County

For Southern California hikers, there are a few guidebook authors’ names that should sit in prominent places on bookshelves — but especially in the …

Trailblazers: Maricela Rosales of The Abilities Project

<b>Trailblazer:</b> Maricela Rosales <b><br>Location</b>: Norwalk, CA <b><br>Trailblazing Role</b>: Founder of the Abilities Project, Los Angeles Coordinator for Latino Outdoors <b><br>I</b> …

New Art Installation Highlights La Tuna Burn Area

The group of anonymous artists behind the controversial Griffith Park Teahouse on Taco Peak and Petal Drop LA are announcing a new project this …

Trailblazers: Amanda Jameson

<b>Trailblazer</b>: Amanda Jameson <b><br>Trailblazing Role</b>: Writer and Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer <b><br>Location</b>: The Great Lakes to the Gulf <b><br>I’m a Modern</b> …

Towns Along the BC Ale Trail

If you’re going to give the BC Ale Trail the time it needs to really reveal its treasures to you, you’re going to want to spend a few days on each …