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...)...

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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...)...

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June 3, 2021 Mammoth Memorial Day Weekend Video

Mammoth Memorial Day Weekend

It’s no secret 2020-2021 wasn’t exactly California’s finest winter, but that didn’t stop Mammoth from offering excellent top-to-bottom skiing this past Memorial Day/closing weekend (more...)...

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May 25, 2021 Ontario Peak Video

Ontario Peak

8694′ Ontario Peak is easily among the most spectacular of the San Gabriels’ front-range peaks (more...)...

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May 22, 2021 Parker Mesa Loop Hiking

Parker Mesa Loop

What I call the Parker Mesa Loop begins at the end of Los Leones Drive in Pacific Palisades (more...)...

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May 10, 2021 Mount Islip Hiking

Mount Islip

My son and I went up the 2 yesterday to Islip Saddle mostly because my family had hiked Mount Islip (more...)...

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April 18, 2021 Closing Day Current Conditions

Closing Day

Snow Valley spun its lifts for the last time for the 2020-2021 season today (more...)...

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