The Fern Lake trail near Mammoth is a short and steep hike, which makes it an ideal spot to get a quick escape into the High Sierra.
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Hiking to Mammoth’s Fern Lake
Hiking Mammoth’s Crystal Lake
The Crystal Crag trail in Mammoth is one of the best compromises between breathtaking scenery and ease of access that you’ll find in California.
A Sunset Hike on Mount Williamson
Mount Williamson is a relatively short hike, but if you want easy access to the San Gabriel high country and some amazing views along the way, then you would be hard pressed to find a better trail.
Climbing Mount Whitney’s Mountaineers Route
The Mount Whitney Mountaineers Route is a steep, straight shot from Whitney Portal to the mountain’s summit. It was pioneered by John Muir who referred to the traditional main trail as for “soft, succulent people.” His comparison is not that far off. Continue reading
Merrick Backcountry Dog Food Review
Callie recently became an ambassador for the Merrick Backcountry Dog Food brand. This was not the first offer for us to present sponsored content on our site, but it is the first that we accepted. I believe that Merrick’s brand of high calorie, protein rich food is a great match for Callie’s adventures, so the relationship feels harmonious.
Hiking the High Desert Loop
This 23 mile hike connects three different trails together into an epic loop that showcases the variety of ecosystems the San Gabriel Mountains have to offer.
Burkhart Trail to Will Thrall Peak: Hiking the Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness
The Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness doesn’t seem to get much attention. Despite living nearby, I have been ignoring it for years as well. Callie and I hit the trail to rectify that mistake and got in a great training hike in the process. Continue reading
Mojave National Preserve: Peace and Beauty near Las Vegas
Tucked away in the empty stretch of desert between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the Mojave National Preserve is the perfect escape for people looking to take a break from civilization. Continue reading
Hiking the Baldy Ski Hut trail after a snowstorm
The Mount Baldy Ski Hut trail is one of the most scenic trails in the San Gabriel Mountains. After a snowstorm, it gets even better and provides a great opportunity for hikers to experience winter in Southern California.
Fall at Finger Lake: Backpacking the Big Pine South Fork Trail
Epic mountain views? Check. A pristine emerald lake? Check. The biggest glaciers in the Sierra? Check. All of the crowds that you think would accompany such a magical spot? Not so much. Finger Lake is the type of hidden gem that showcases the breadth of amazing locations that California has to offer for those willing to explore off the beaten path.