Gallery, Trail Guides

Shortcut to a shipwreck in Palos Verdes

19 Apr , 2017   Gallery

Rusted metal is scattered across the shores of the Palos Verdes peninsula after the SS Dominator, a WWII-era freighter, ran aground in 1961. Today, the wreckage serves as a popular POI for hikers. There are several ways to hike to the shipwreck, like the highly-cited Drain Pipe Trail, that all involve walking across the rocky coastline. We opted for a […]

Trail Guides

Hike to the Hollywood sign via Canyon Drive

16 Apr , 2017  

Get up close and personal to LA’s most iconic landmark with a detour to the lesser known (but still famous) Bronson Caves.   You may recognize the entrance to Bronson Caves, which has made several appearances on screen and served as the Batcave in the original Batman TV series. If you’re short on time, you can skip […]

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Trail Guides

Night hike to the Wisdom Tree [Hollywood]

8 Apr , 2017  

The Tree of Life Trail is tucked away in the Hollywood Hills, and sits on a ridge smack dab between the Valley and LA Basin. The whole trail loops and also connects to other paths near the Hollywood sign, but I opted for a quick night hike to the Wisdom Tree and back. Don’t be fooled by the short distance, however, cause […]

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Off-road detour in the Mojave Desert

29 Mar , 2017   Video

Watch the aerial video as we avoided super bloom traffic with an OHV trail in Twentynine Palms, CA. Song: Sugar Pills by Forrest Grump

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Is it worth paying $4/hour to park at The Griffith Observatory?

25 Mar , 2017  

TL;DR: It’s only better to take the DASH shuttle IF you can conveniently get to the Sunset/Vermont subway station first. Griffith Park is home to some of LA’s most accessible hikes like Mt. Hollywood trail, which has one end that starts at the back of the Griffith Observatory parking lot. Until recently, parking around the main lot was […]

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Bungee jumping off the Bridge To Nowhere [Angeles Natl. Forest]

16 Mar , 2017   Video

The 5-mile hike on East Fork Trail in the Angeles National Forest leads to a popular bridge for bungee jumpers. Along the way, hikers will encounter several water crossings (be cautious during the rainy season) as they traverse through the canyon. To be honest, I hiked this trail a few years ago and don’t remember enough details […]

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Camping in Anza Borrego [San Diego County]

15 Mar , 2017   Video

Anza-Borrego is a vast desert full of slot canyons, OHV trails, a palm oasis, free campsites and over 130 large metal animal sculptures scattered around the area. The 600,000-acre state park is located in eastern San Diego county, and the ratio of accessibility to activities keeps me coming back every year. The recent wildflower superbloom has kept the park […]

Altadena, Trail Guides

White City Ruins [Echo Mountain]

8 Mar , 2017   Video

Most hikes end with a rewarding view, but the Sam Merrill Trail just north of Pasadena has an added bonus: the ruins of an old resort. 😮 Back in the day (circa 1883), the Mount Lowe Railway carried tourists from Altadena, CA up the side of this mountain where there used to be a Victorian hotel called […]

Trail Guides

Hike to Eagle Rock [Topanga Canyon State Park]

13 May , 2016   Gallery

Eagle Rock in Topanga Canyon is not to be confused with the hipster enclave neighborhood of Eagle Rock north of downtown Los Angeles. THIS Eagle Rock is nestled in Topanga Canyon State Park between Pacific Palisades and the western portion of the San Fernando Valley. The hike to Eagle Rock is one of the most popular […]

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Panoramic loop at Kenneth Hahn [LA]

2 May , 2016   Video

If you’ve ever wondered where to see that iconic depiction of Downtown Los Angeles with snowcap mountains in the background, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is the spot. Nestled between Los Angles and the Inglewood Oil Fields, the park offers sweeping views of the basin from one side, and dirty oil rigs on the other. […]