Hiking Mount Lukens Via The Dunsmore Canyon Loop

Mount Lukens is the highest peak within the city limits of Los Angeles and the westernmost peak in the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Standing tall above the Crescenta Valley, Mount Lukens provides spectacular views of Greater Los Angeles Area, Tujunga Canyon, the San Fernando Valley, and the Verdugo Mountains. The downside to Mount Lukens’ proximity… Read More

Hiking Bastard Ridge To Jones Peak, Hastings Peak, And Mt. Wilson

Bastard Ridge is a hike that truly lives up to it’s name. Starting out in Sierra Madre, this hike starts on the Old Mt. Wilson Trail. You can see my hiking guide for that here. If you’ve never hiked the Old Mt. Wilson Trail, do not attempt Bastard Ridge. This is a leg burning lung… Read More

Hiking Potato Mountain’s East Face Via Evey Canyon Trail

The hike to Potato Mountain via Every Canyon Trail is one of my favorites for quick local outings. At 4.4 miles with 1165ft of climbing, it’s a great way to train for more demanding hikes and backpacking trips. When I’m really looking to push my body, I hike the east face of Potato Mountain. Gaining all 1165 in… Read More

Hiking The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park 5 Mile Loop

The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park 5 mile loop is one of the most popular and well known trails in the Inland Empire. I’m fortunate to live a few miles from this trail, which allows me to use it as my backyard playground. Claremont Hills Wilderness Park can be a zoo on the weekend, so make sure to visit… Read More

Gear Review: Osprey Exos 48 and 58 Pack Review

I purchased the Osprey Exos 48 back in the Spring of 2014 to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc. In my planning for a hike of the John Muir Trail in 2015, I realized the Exos 48 didn’t hold my BV500 bear canister, so I picked up the Osprey Exos 58. The only real difference between… Read More

A Guide To Backpacking Havasupai Falls

In November of 2016 I completed a trip that was high on my bucket, a backpacking adventure to Havasupai Falls. Havasupai Falls is one of those backpacking trips that will stick with you long after you’ve returned home. The shimmering turquoise waters, the powerful pounding of waterfalls, and a journey deep into the wondrous Grand… Read More

Gear Review: Rokinon (Samyang) 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Wide Angle Lens

Readers ask me about my photography set up and camera gear quite frequently. I’ve written reviews on my standard kit of a Sony a6000 paired with the Sony 10-18mm wide angle lens. The Sony 10-18mm is an incredible wide angle lens for moments with lots of available light, but I found myself wanting more options for low light… Read More

Gear Preview: The New Salomon XA Pro 3D (2017)

The Salomon XA Pro 3D has been updated for 2017! I’ve been through 5 pairs of XA Pro 3Ds over the past three years, and am excited about the minor refinements Salomon has made to this workhorse of a trail shoe. The biggest and most notable change comes with a brand new outsole pattern composed… Read More

Hiking Mt. Wilson Trail To The Mt. Wilson Observatory via Sierra Madre

Most hikers making their way to the summit of Mt. Wilson begin their journey from Chantry Flat. The Chantry Flat hike is very pleasant, but can be a real nightmare when it comes to finding parking. An alternative, and the subject of this guide, is my favorite route to the summit of Mt. Wilson, The Mt.… Read More