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…

Ancient Bristolcone Forest

If these ancient trees could talk, what questions would you ask them? This past weekend I visited the Ancient Bristolcone Forest located in the White Mountains of Inyo Valley. The home to the oldest living organism! These ancient trees withstand thousands of years in the harshest of elements at approximately 11,000 feet elevation. To reach the Bristlecones,…

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…