Beyond L.A.: Five things I would have done differently to prepare for my 3-day Mt. Whitney hike

This Beyond L.A. post features a peak that might be vaguely familiar to some hikers – Mt. Whitney. There’s no shortage of information available online about the tallest summit in the U.S. outside Alaska. That being said, there are some things that can only be learned from doing or experiencing them. My trip to Whitney…

View from Mt. Whitney, CA

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Guest post: 9 reasons to ditch your tent for a camping hammock by Robert J. Hamilton of Outdoor Spider

Camping is a wonderful way to spend a vacation, especially if you love the beauty of the outdoors. Within a few hours’ drive from Los Angeles, you can camp on beaches, in the desert, in the mountains or wooded canyons. For many people, camping means tents. There is a reason why campgrounds on maps or…

Lady in hammock watching waterfall

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Guest post: Top tips for using a GPS to improve your hiking experience by John Lewis of Epic Wilderness

Photo: Rositsa Jeliazkova Successful hiking means different things to different people. Experienced hikers might always be striving to finish a trail in less time while more casual hikers may just want to enjoy getting into nature. However, no matter what your hiking goals are, you don’t want to have to worry about getting lost. Owning…

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Beyond L.A.: 4 breathtaking hikes near Sacramento (guest post by Paul McCormin of Active Authorities)

Photo credit: trails.com Sacramento might not be known as a hiking city, but you may be surprised at how many great hiking trails are nearby. Here are four of my favorites. The Quarry Trail The Quarry Trail in Auburn, CA is a half-hour ride from Sacramento. From my experiences, this is a fairly tame hiking…

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Beyond L.A.: Natural Hot Springs of Mammoth Lakes (Guest post by Keilah Keiser)

Southeast of Yosemite National Park lies the tiny town of Mammoth Lakes, population 8,000. Many Californians are familiar with Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, California’s snow sports playground. You most likely know friends who have visited for its famed natural beauty. Among the pristine lakes and snow capped mountain views, Mammoth Lakes is the perfect setting…

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Beyond L.A.: Buckhorn/Golden Wall Loop (Dixie National Forest, Utah)

Here’s a hike that offers the outstanding scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park in a free, less crowded and dog friendly package. This five mile loop in the Dixie National Forest is a perfect introduction to the area’s famous landscapes, notably the “hoodoo” formations – the bizarre rock towers characteristic of the desert. Other highlights…

Golden Wall Trail, Utah

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Beyond L.A.: Fire Wave and White Domes Trails (Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada)

Located about an hour northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park is noted for its outlandish rock formations. The famous and recognizable “Fire Wave” is one of two hikes profiled in this post; the other is the short but adventurous White Domes Trail, visiting a remote canyon that has been a favorite…

Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State park

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