October 8, 2021 October Arizona


We are a touch early for the fall colors here in Northern Arizona, but it’s still magical when you get just that right combination of blue sky (more...)...

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October 1, 2021 Old Caves Crater Arizona

Old Caves Crater

It’s a short hike to the top of Arizona’s Old Caves Crater, a 400-foot cinder cone whose network of lava caves (more...)...

Posted in Arizona | 5 Comments
August 21, 2021 The Smoke Season Current Conditions

The Smoke Season

In summer we used to worry about thunderstorms and permits. Now we worry about smoke. Climate change is transforming the Sierra (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 7 Comments
August 17, 2021 Biking Highway 2 California

Biking Highway 2

Given the heat plus all the smoke in the air I haven’t felt much inclination to hike, but I have been driving my bike up to Highway 2 (more...)...

Posted in California | 2 Comments
August 7, 2021 Once More, Into the Woods California

Once More, Into the Woods

Life, it seems, has its own agenda. I had hoped for some quiet time, to help me and my family recover from the calamities of the past year. But alas, incredibly, we are once again being forced out of our home. It’s scary. If you’re trying to rent a house in coastal California right now (more...)...

Posted in California | 5 Comments
July 9, 2021 Langley via the East-Southeast Ridge Hiking

Langley via the East-Southeast Ridge

Mount Langley is California’s southernmost fourteener and most definitely not California’s most climbed mountain. Why doesn’t Langley attract (more...)...

Posted in Hiking | 6 Comments
June 24, 2021 Baldy via the North Backbone Video

Baldy via the North Backbone

I had no idea a fine hiking trail exists on the ridge connecting Pine Mountain, Dawson Peak, and Mount Baldy. (more...)...

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June 23, 2021 San Gabriel Canyon Hiking

San Gabriel Canyon

We hiked up the east fork of San Gabriel Canyon today, en route to that most enigmatic of SoCal landmarks, the Bridge to Nowhere (more...)...

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June 16, 2021 Hiking Throop Peak to Baden-Powell Video

Hiking Throop Peak to Baden-Powell

Of course I was dimly aware you could hike the San Gabriel Crest from Windy Gap (more...)...

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June 9, 2021 Ski Hut-Devil Video

Ski Hut-Devil’s Backbone Loop

Connecting the Ski Hut Trail and the Devil’s Backbone Ridge is one of my favorite SoCal hikes—in either direction (more...)...

Posted in Video | 5 Comments

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