Two Perfect Summer Day Hikes on the SoCal PCT

Few people aspire to hike the PCT in Southern California in summer. Thru-hikers are long gone, focused on snow-melt in the Sierras and reaching Canada by September. Wildfire season is settling in, causing trails—and the roads leading to them—to close at a moment’s notice. And it’s...

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#ORShow, Outdoor Retailer, Wasatch Mountains, hiking in Utah, Salt Lake City Hikes, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Salt Lake City, Mount Raymond, Gobbler's Knob, City Creek Canyon, Lake Blanche

Top Summits to Bag During Outdoor Retailer

The Wasatch Mountains tower over Salt Lake City, beckoning those of us who attend Outdoor Retailer to come hike and ski for the past two decades. They’re rugged and spectacular and offer a reprieve from the busyness that exists inside Salt Palace. With this being the...

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Palomar Mountain, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County, Scott Turner, Barker Valley, California hiking

Must-Do Backpacking Trips at Palomar Mountain

Without a doubt, the rolling high country of Palomar Mountain in California contains San Diego County’s most picture-perfect mountain scenery. Palomar’s uplands, covered with forests of pine, oak, fir, and cedar, and its gentle valleys, laced with sparkling streams, bring to mind landscapes more commonly...

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Mount Shasta, climbing Mount Shasta

Do You Have What it Takes to Climb Mount Shasta?

For millennia, Mount Shasta has spoken to people as a place of grandeur and inspiration in almost every imaginable way. It stands in solitary dominance as the most striking mountain in Northern California. Its volume—estimated by various geologists to be between 84 and 120 cubic...

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County, Scott Turner, Wilderness Press, San Diego hiking

Photographing the Pages of my Favorite Book

Every once in a while, there’s a moment in life where a single choice will send you down a profoundly different path. One of these choices happened to me in Spring 2011. I received an unexpected chunk of change, and with all that coin burning...

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Walking Los Angeles, Erin Mahoney Harris, Zach Behrens, Wilderness Press

Walking the Vibrant Streets of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is quickly becoming more of an outdoor city. The smog is lifting (you can see the mountains now!), and there's a public push and political will to make the city more walkable and bikeable. The crumpled sidewalks are being addressed, and hundreds of...

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego, Scott Turner, Jerry Schad, hiking in California, San Diego

On Revising the Hiking Bible of San Diego

Since December of 2014, I have been working on a full revision and update of Jerry Schad’s hiking guide, Afoot and Afield: San Diego County. Part of my revision included hiking every inch of those 1,420 miles to determine what had changed and what was new. From...

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Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Top Trails: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Five Epic Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offer the ultimate in natural and geothermal wonders, and the vast mountain ranges and steaming geyser basins make for thrilling hikes around every corner. But with more than 28,000 square miles (including all of the surrounding protected lands), how do...

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