San Bernadino Peak

Difficulty: Strenuous | Elevation Gain: 4,702 ft | Length: 16.5 miles roundtrip | Time: 8-9 Hours This year I’ve been training for Whitney by hiking the six tallest peaks in Southern California aka “The Six Pack Peaks.” This past Friday I just completed hiking San Bernadino Peak and it’s one of my favorite hikes in Southern California! It is quite a strenuous…

Goblin Valley

One of the most unusual places we explored while driving through Southern Utah was Goblin Valley State Park. This alien like place features thousands of Hoodoos or “goblins” as the locals refer to them. These distinct mushroom like rock formations are formed from the gradual erosion of sandstone, deposited about 170 million years ago when the area was situated…

Lithium Speed Pack

If you’re like me you use a pack for nearly every hike. I’ve used a few different packs in the past but have found them to be too bulky or heavy while hiking the trail. My favorite day pack for hiking is the Mammut Lithium Speed 20. It’s incredibly light-weight, at just 560 grams. I…

Monrovia Canyon Falls

I celebrated this past Mother’s Day by taking my family on a hike to Monrovia Canyon Falls. It’s a short and easy hike, about 2.6 miles round trip with a 680 foot gain. It’s perfect for families and first time hikers. At the entrance, there is a small lower parking lot and an upper parking lot that costs $5…

Spooky & Peek A Boo Slot Canyons

This past month I went on a birthday road trip with my husband through Arches, Bryce and Zion National Parks. Along the way we stayed in a charming town of Escalante, its about half way between Arches and Bryce. I’d highly recommend staying a night or two in Escalante. There are a ton of hikes to do…