Salkantay Trek with WHOA Travel

About a year ago I heard of WHOA Travel through the hiking group Girls Who Hike. WHOA Travel advertised an all female trekking trip of the Salkantay Trail in Peru. I started to do my research and save my pennies––visiting Peru and the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu had been a dream of mine….

Hiking Golden Cathedral

Escalante is one of my favorite places to hike in Utah. So many trails to explore, most of which are right off of Hole in the Rock Road. I recently hiked Golden Cathedral and it is easily one of my top favorite hikes. I love it not only the beauty of the vibrantly colored sandstone…

Exploring Death Valley National Park

Death Valley really lives up to its name as being one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places in the world! It’s a sprawling landscape of vast valleys, barren salt flats, and rugged peaks. This park can easily be overlooked by some, but holds some breathtaking beauty in it’s vast array of geological colors and textures….

Backpacking Havasupai

Backpacking Havasupai has been on my bucket list for sometime now and I finally got the opportunity to go this year, and it did not disappoint! Havasupai is a paradise of red rocks and turquoise water located within Havasu Canyon, a large tributary on the south side of the Colorado River. For over 800 years…

Half Dome Day Hike

I just recently hiked Half Dome in Yosemite National Park for the first time. It’s a strenuous 16 mile hike with 6,800 ft gain, that even includes a 400 ft ascent up narrow cable lines. Although terrifying, it was a completely exhilarating and rewarding experience! The 360 degree view was nothing short of incredible. It…

Exploring the Bizarre and Beautiful in Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Lakes is a ski town in central California, approximately 300 miles north of Los Angeles. Although, well known for it’s winter sports, it has plenty of year round activities as well, including hiking, kayaking, fishing, and biking in the summer months! Mammoth is also full of strange and beautiful geographic phenomena created thousands of…

Hiking the Subway, Zion National Park

The “Subway” is aptly named after the tunnel shaped slot canyon located deep within the Left Fork in Zion National Park. There are two ways to explore the Subway: the Bottom Up hike is a difficult, non technical 9 mile hike, that involves creek crossing and boulder scrambling. The Top Down route is an even more strenuous 9.5 mile hike that…

Desert Road Trip: Exploring Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, and Kelso Dunes

As a SoCal native I’ve vacationed in nearby Las Vegas on numerous occasions. A fun city to escape to for the weekend, full of exciting night life, fancy restaurants, and entertainment galore! However, this year I opted out of the glitz and glamour and took a weekend road trip through the surrounding desert landscape. A whirlwind…

A Weekend in Anza-Borrego

Anza-Borrego is California’s largest state park, over 600,000 acres, located just Southeast of Los Angeles. It’s a hidden desert gem, often forgotten about by SoCal natives. The park is named after Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego translates to bighorn sheep. Although the bighorn sheep inhabit the area, they are quite elusive and often go unseen…

Cave of Munits

Located in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve lies the Cave of Munits. For thousands of years the Chumash Native American tribe lived in the current Preserve’s area. Supposedly the cave was once occupied by a Chumash shaman. Legend has it he was executed after killing the son of a powerful chief. It’s an easy hike to the cave at just 2.6…

Day Hiking Gear

I’m frequently asked questions about hiking gear. I’m no expert, but I thought it would be beneficial to share my favorite hiking products. The following is a review of the top products I use on almost every day hike. Hiking Boots:  I’ve tried numerous brands, styles, and fits, but my tried and true boots that have…

Mount Lowe, Josephine Peak, and Strawberry Peak

These past few months I explored local day hikes to Mount Lowe, Josephine Peak and Strawberry Peak, located in the San Gabriel Mountains, off the Angeles Crest Highway. All three hikes are in close proximity to each other and each trail is less than 10 miles in distance. I was pleasantly surprised that these underrated hikes are close to…