Pine Mtn. Trail – just opened.

Not often I get to hike a trail soon after it was opened but this was such a day. North on 5, exit Frazier Park, head west 12 miles. You are at a Y  intersection with a large parking area. Head left and you go up Mt Pinos. Head right and you're heading to Pine…Read more Pine Mtn. Trail – just opened.

Solstice Hike

On the solstice, aka World nude Hiking day, it was a 103 at my home. Hiking was not an option in that weather. I drove up to one of my favorites, Grade Valley, off Lockwood Valley Road, SW of Frazier Park. Much to my dismay, it was still too hot at 5000 ft. On my…Read more Solstice Hike

Liebre Mountain Truck Trail

Liebre Mountain truck trail is a trail that is no longer suitable for trucks. Storms from a couple years ago left a large number of washouts and the forest service simply can't afford to repair them. It is suffering a fate similar to that of Warm Springs road/Templin Highway. Soon the damage will be so…Read more Liebre Mountain Truck Trail

Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Back in 2015, before the big fires and the big rains, I did a 4-day backpack trip to Sykes Hot Springs on the Big Sur River The trail was good (except for one spot). I met plenty of hikers. Some were obviously experienced backpackers and some were wearing a bikini and flip-flops. Big Sur is…Read more Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Fish Canyon Narrows

Just north of Castaic Lake is a hike that takes one from pavement to spectacular wilderness in just a few miles. Let's head north on I-5 from Los Angeles. We leave the San Fernando Valley and climb through Newhall Pass. We continue beyond, passing through Santa Clarita and Magic Mountain and then Castaic Lake. The freeway starts to…Read more Fish Canyon Narrows

Staying Alive in the Wild for Long Distance Trekers

If you are in a true survival situation in the wild, odds are a hundred to one you screwed up badly and in multiple ways. It is easy to say "Never screw up and you have nothing to worry about." Everyone screws up once in a while. However, it takes a chain of screwups to cause…Read more Staying Alive in the Wild for Long Distance Trekers

Saline Valley

Back in late October 2016, I went with a group to Saline Valley Hot springs. This is quite possibly the most remote location in California that can be reached by vehicle. There are several ways to get there but the only two I'd dare try without a full-up 4WD truck caravan are the North and…Read more Saline Valley