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Mt. San Antonio, more commonly known as Mt. Baldy, is a 10,064ft mountain peak located in the San Gabriel range of Southern California. There are numerous routes to the summit, with the most popular being Devil’s Backbone and Skit Hut Trail. For winter adventurer’s looking for an introduction to mountaineering, Mt. Baldy offers the steep… Read More

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This year for New Year’s Eve, Julia and I took Owen up to her parent’s ranch in Stallion Springs. We were accompanied by our friends Brian, Nina, and their son who is Owen’s age. Visiting Stallion Springs always provides a ton of exciting outdoor activities. What made this trip even more special than usual was… Read More

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I picked up this pair of La Sportiva Akasha back in February and started with a shoe preview post. At that point in time, the La Sportiva Mutant was my daily driver, but I was looking for shoe that offered just a little more protection. The Akasha seemed like the perfect option, but slid down the… Read More

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South Hills Park is a 200 acre park located in the city of Glendora. South Hills Park has a trail network used by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. There are a few access points with trails to enter South Hills Park, but for this hike I started at South Hills City Park on… Read More

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Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park is a 575 acre park with an easily accessible trail network. Located in Hacienda Heights, Schabarum Park is a popular spot for hikers, bikers, trail runners, and horseback riders. The park is open from 7AM to 6PM October through March, and 7AM to 8PM from April to September. On weekends… Read More

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The hike ascending Poop Out and Punk Out trails takes hikers up 1632ft of elevation in just under 2 miles. This is a memorable hike to be sure, and not just because of the unforgettable trail names. If you’re looking for a steep and challenging climb in the lower front range of the San Gabriels, you’re going to… Read More

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Sitting at 3375 ft, Jones Peak stands tall over the quaint town of Sierra Madre. Most hikers making their way to Sierra Madre spend their day tackling the Old Mt Wilson Trail to the 5713ft summit of Mt Wilson and it’s well known observatory. Jones Peak isn’t one of the most well known hikes in the… Read More

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My very first “lightweight” hiking shoe was the Inov-8 Roclite 295 back in 2010. I’m amazed to see how far trail running shoes have come in that period of time, and I’m even more amazed at their adoption in the hiking community. Inov-8 shoes were all the rage back in 2010, but Inov-8 spent the next… Read More

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Christmas is only a few weeks away, and I’m sure some of you are still looking for gifts to buy for your loved ones. If you’re coming up short on ideas for the adventurers and explorers in your life, I’ve put together a list of 30 items they’re sure to enjoy. I’ve divided the list up into big ticket items at $100 or more, mid-range items from $25-$100, and stocking stuffers under $25. Happy holidays, everyone!

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