Marmot Mornings; Shenanigans hiking the White Mountain Peak Trail

White Mountain
In the summer of 2015, my boyfriend and I went off adventuring into the White Mountains of the Eastern Sierras. This was only a month after I had back surgery and we had dreams of conquering Mt Whitney along with White Mountain Peak in these few weeks in the wilderness of central California. Trekking up a few fourteeners was a lofty goal but to be perfectly honest, just being able to walk and hike again after years of crippling sciatica pain was in itself an unbelievably amazing gift. Over our few weeks in the eastern sierras, we did some fantastic hikes, had some crazy outdoor shenanigans and a great summer in the Eastern Sierras! One of the highlights of our trip though was exploring the White Mountains. If you enjoy off-roading, camping or hiking, then White Mountain Peak is a place you really must check out that is completely off the beaten path. Oh, and did I mention there are fuzzy mischevious yellow-bellied marmots? Marmots may be absolutely adorable but they are the troublemakers of the eastern sierras as we learned first hand!

Avoiding the Crowds at Yosemite National Park: Hiking Lembert Dome

Lembert Dome
Our second hike of the day of course had to be Lembert Dome! This bald, protruding rock had been staring at us ever since we arrived in the park.

Sunken City: The Lost Ruins of the San Pedro Landslide

san pedro sunken city
Join us on an epic adventure as we explore the graffiti plastered ruins of the 1929 San Pedro landslide known as the "Sunken City".

Turnbull Canyon: A Beginner’s Hike to the Water & Electric Towers of Whittier

Turnbull Canyon
Turnbull Canyon Trail is so big that I had to actually hike this twice just to be able to cover most aspects of it. And it's large for a reason: the canyon is part of the Puente Hills Preserve in Uptown Whittier that links to...

Why I Hike San Gorgonio in the Winter Months

San Gorgonio
I spend so many daylight hours of my winter months, no not chilling by the fireplace with a latte and a good book, but out on the snowy trails of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. I'm either hiking with crampons strapped to my hiking boots or bundled up in all the layers and walking on my snowshoes through four feet of deep snow if it's a day between January and March. The San Gorgonio Wilderness is not well traveled by most local hikers in the winter time but the peaks are just so stunningly gorgeous during the winter! Let me tell you a thing or two about winter hiking San G!

Arroyo Pescadero Trail: A Peaceful Hiking Loop Within the Woods of Whittier

Sometimes you don't need to summit a mountain or hike among tourists in an overly populated trailhead to have a great hiking experience. Sometimes, it's better to seek out the undiscovered trails, the underdogs of the hiking world with their own hidden gems to...

Redefining Hiking: How It Has Changed Me

Why I hike
Several hours later, I stood atop the mountain feeling an overwhelming amount of exhaustion mixed with my first sense of what clarity means. I was only 16 years old when I embarked on my very first hike; Care to guess where it was? Why I...

Outdoor Adventures along California’s Central Coast

California's Central Coast Morro Rock
The rolling green hills of San Luis Obispo County and California's central coast can take your breath away as you drive up Highway 101 along the azure blue crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. There is more to do along the Santa Lucia Mountain Range then just touristy Hearst Castle, the Madonna Inn and the giant aquarium in Monterey. Hike the trails of Carmel, visit with Elephant Seals beachside, explore giant sand dunes and mountain bike in eucalyptus forests on this seaside road trip.

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park: A Stroll Through a Transitional Wilderness

ernest e debs regional park
A transition from lush greenery to dry and desert-like terrain, Ernest E. Debs Park offers an intimate perspective into the rolling hills and busy lifestyle of Los Angeles.

Wildwood Canyon: A Steep Ascent to Burbank’s Radio Towers

A victim of a 2017 brush fire, Wildwood Canyon Park is a deceivingly long ascent to four radio towers, nestled within a recovering environment that offers up panoramic views of Burbank and downtown Los Angeles.