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…

Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong

I recently traveled to China for business and had a little downtime on the weekend. I try to hike hike at least once a week and traveling to a foreign country is even more of a reason for me to get out and explore. With a little online research I found Dragon’s Back, a moderate yet scenic trail along the southeastern ridge…

Mount Whitney-One Day Hike

This year I really wanted to challenge myself—push myself to my absolute limit. I made it my goal to not only hike once a week for a year but also hike Mount Whitney in one day! Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states at 14,508ft! I knew it would be difficult…

San Jacinto

Difficulty: Strenuous | Elevation Gain: 4,689 ft | Length: 11.4 miles roundtrip | Time: 8-9 Hours This past weekend I hiked San Jacinto via the Marion Mountain Trail. It marks #5 of the Six Pack Peaks I have hiked this year! Since I’m training for Whitney, I passed on the tram route and opted for the more challenging Marion Mountain Trail that’s detailed…