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 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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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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March 25, 2020 Whitney Hiking

Whitney’s North Face

For the best view of Mount Whitney’s north face, try climbing Whitney’s next door neighbor, fellow fourteener Mount Russell (more...)...

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September 15, 2015 Cottonwood Camp Strikes Again Hiking

Cottonwood Camp Strikes Again

Those of you who read about my rim-to-rim day hike a few years back may recall me mentioning the 1978 overnight I did with my parents to Cottonwood Camp, from the North Rim (more...)...

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July 23, 2015 SP Crater Hiking

SP Crater

SP Crater is perfect: that is the lead. A gorgeous, perfectly-formed, symmetrical, aesthetic cinder cone volcano, SP Crater sits just north of Flagstaff (more...)...

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July 3, 2015 A Walk Around the Block Hiking

A Walk Around the Block

The question is: where do you start? The hills may be calling, but if you’ve never picked up the phone, or if you’ve been slowed or injured or otherwise just waylaid (more...)...

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August 19, 2014 University Peak Hiking

University Peak

Okay, I thought this one was supposed to be easy. When it comes to accurately sizing up a route’s difficulties, I’m beginning to fear either I’m a hopeless optimist or else I’ve gone soft because lately everything seems like a thumping (more...)...

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July 27, 2014 Inyo Mts: Squaw Peak Hiking

Inyo Mts: Squaw Peak

At first, I thought it was simply a case of guidebook error. Later—hours later—when I was beset by flies, and covered in scratches and pine sap, when my legs were doing the sewing-machine shake, when I saw the fresh cat tracks, when I knew I was going to run out of water—in Death Valley, of (more...)...

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