Switzer Falls Hike in Angeles National Forest

Switzer Falls is an excellent hike in the San Gabriel Mountains, north of Pasadena and Los Angeles. It is probably my favorite hike in this area as it has lots of history, beautiful canyon views, and two nice waterfalls. This reverse hike takes you downhill to the waterfall and then uphill on the way back, […]

Carbon Canyon Regional Park: Southern California’s Coastal Redwoods

The coastal redwood, one of California’s most beautiful trees, is usually only found outside of Southern California. That is why I was shocked to hear that there is a small grove in a regional park in Yorba Linda, so I hopped into the car to head out to this unique attraction. While the redwoods here […]

Crystal Cove State Park: El Moro Loop Trail

Crystal Cove State Park is a beautiful area in Laguna Beach that includes 3 miles of coastline and dozens of miles of hiking trails. I set out to explore the most popular trail, the El Moro Loop Trail, which included hiking through a nice canyon and going along a ridge that overlooked the ocean. It […]

Hiking to the Wisdom Tree and Hollywood Sign

Hiking to the Hollywood Sign is something that most visitors want to do when they come to Los Angeles. While there are many ways to get there, one of the shortest (but steepest) is the hike to the Wisdom Tree on Burbank Peak and over the Getty Ridge Trail? To the back of the Hollywood […]

Backpacking in Lassen Volcanic National Park with Wild Beginnings Adventure Co

Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of least visited of California’s nine national parks, especially for people in Southern California. I hadn’t gotten a chance to spend much time there myself, so when my friend Wendy from Wild Beginning Adventure Company invited my wife and I to explore for three days, we jumped at the […]

Hiking Big Hendy Grove in Hendy Woods State Park

Hendy Woods State Park is one of the many great spots to view coastal redwoods in the Mendocino County area of Northern California. I got a chance to hike the most popular trail in the park on my last visit there, and if you are driving on Highway 128, then you really should take an […]

Russian Gulch Headlands Trail in Mendocino

Russian Gulch State Park is one of my favorite areas in Northern California. The small park features beautiful coastal views, a waterfall, a sinkhole, and an impressive bridge. It is worth getting out and exploring as it has a little something for everyone. This trail is less than a mile round trip, and it is […]

Mendocino Headlands State Park Bluffs Hiking Trail

The Mendocino Coast of Northern California is a beautiful area with many amazing coastal views and places to explore. If you haven’t spent much time in the area though, then I highly recommend that your first experience is walking the 2-3 mile trail along the Mendocino Headlands. This trail can be as long or as […]

Russian River Gulch State Park Waterfall Trail

Russian River Gulch State Park is a beautiful park in the Mendocino area. It has coastal bluffs, a sinkhole and a great trail to a waterfall. We got the opportunity to hike there a few weeks back, and it was a fun experience with shaded trails and fantastic views. The waterfall hike is one of […]

Mammoth Consolidated Mine Trail in Mammoth Lakes

The Mammoth Consolidated Mine Trail is a short, less than a mile trail in Mammoth Lakes that takes you to the ruins of a once “somewhat successful” mining district. This area was used from the late 1920’s to the early 1930’s, and it ended up producing a little over $100,000. Today you can walk through […]