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…

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…