McWay Waterfall Trail: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

The McWay Waterfall in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. The water cascades down the face of the cliff and lands right on the sand, feeding the ocean itself. It looks to me like something out of a movie with the shear beauty this little […]

Barker Dam Trail: Joshua Tree National Park

During my recent trip to Joshua Tree National Park I laid out a list of the things I wanted to do. On the top of that list was the hike to Barker Dam, one of the only areas of the park with water and the site of a good assortment of Indian petroglyphs as well. After […]

Hiking Sturtevant Falls in Santa Anita Canyon

The Sturtevant Falls hike is one of the easiest and most rewarding hikes you can do in the Los Angeles area. Now while it does have a steep decline during the first half mile, which turns into a steep incline for the last half mile when you are hiking back, the trail is only around […]

Mt Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park in Riverside, CA

For those of us that live in Riverside, CA, Mt Rubidoux is one of those great places to go out, get a workout and expeirence nature. It is the perfect hike for just about anyone as it is a short and mostly easy (paved) walk to the summit of the mountain, and it has a […]

Ryan Mountain Hike: Second Highest Point in Joshua Tree National Park

A couple weeks ago I headed out to Joshua Tree National Park to spend a full day checking out as many of the hikes as possible. I went to the cactus gardens, arch rock, baker dam and finally Ryan Mountain in an epic all day adventure. Ryan Mountain was by far one of the standouts […]

Sunset Cliffs Park in San Diego

If you are reading this and you haven’t been to the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, stop and go visit them right now. This blog cannot do justice to the beauty and serene qualities of this little patch of coast in San Diego county. It is a must visit if you are down south. Here […]

Hiking Cowles Mountain: Tallest Mountain in San Diego City

I know the title makes this seem like some great feat but the mountain is only around 1600 feet. I just hoped to immediately capture your attention with that title that makes the feat seem epic. Anyways, hiking Cowles Mountain in San Diego is a great way to spend a couple hours. The hike provides a nice […]

Hiking the Mt Baldy Summit & Eating at Top of the Notch Restaurant

As an avid hiker, I love the sheer amount of peaks, waterfalls, and rivers that Southern California has to offer. While many of the easier ones are crowded and not taken care of, Mt Baldy is a hike that provides a surreal experience and is a lot more accessible than you think. The start of […]

Torrey Pines State Reserve: Hiking Razor Point, Yucca Point & the Beach Trail

By far one of the easiest and most rewarding hikes you can do in Southern California is the plethora of trails at the Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla. These trails provide a perfect backdrop for your exploration of the amazing California coastal scenery and they can be as long or as short as you […]

Hiking Bumpass Hell: Lassen Volcanic National Park

When exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park and hiking Lassen Peak we decided to also hike Bumpass Hell, one of the parks most well known attractions. Bumpass hell is named after Kendall Vanhook Bumpass who stumbled on this area in the late 1800’s while he was hiking. It is named Bumpass Hell because he actually fell […]