Over the last two years, I have hiked about 2,000 miles. In order to do all of this hiking, I generally have to drive anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours at a time. Corresponding with the notion that the low-hanging fruit gets picked first, I’ve hiked up just about every convenient, sensible, and exciting […]

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The Lakes Trail

On the second day of the trip, I headed out of the forest and into the upper reaches of the Marble Fork River watershed, where numerous glacial lakes are accessible on a dayhike or on brief backpacking trips. While it takes a bit of time to climb out of the forest, the results are spectacular […]

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Moro Rock and Sunset Rock Loop

Moro Rock and Kaweah Canyon from Hanging Rock Marble Fork Canyon from Sunset Rock This moderate 6.5 loop travels between two outstanding view points in the Giant Forest area, Moro Rock and Sunset Rock, by way of the Moro Rock Trail, the Soldiers Trail, and the Alta Trail. While there are fewer meadows and big […]

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The Trail of the Sequoias

While Giant Forest itself is not a particularly large place, the 40 miles of hiking trails available in and around this superlative sequoia grove offer almost infinite hiking experience. The Trail of the Sequoias is one of the many trails that honeycomb Giant Forest, and it travels through some of the less visited portions of […]

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Misadventures: No camera, the Wills-Rice Loop, and the Mishe Mokwa Trail

Wills-Rice Loop (Ventura River Preserve)Miles: 6.5Elevation Gained: 500′Difficulty: ModerateCritters: None Mishe Mokwa TrailMiles: 6.4Elevation Gained: 850′Difficulty: ModerateCritters: Note This past Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, I went up to Agoura Hills to spend some time with friends and family, in addition to taking a few hikes in the area. However, I forgot to bring my camera, […]

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Aliso and Wood Canyons

Nestled within the sea of concrete, advertisements, track housing, and traffic snarls that is Orange County lies an oasis of grass, chaparral, and riparian habitat. Aliso and Wood Canyons are the southern most part of a preserved portion of the Laguna Coast, which also features Crystal Cove State Park. While evidence of man is abundant […]

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