I Followed Up a Horribly Challenging Race with a 3-Hour Hike… On the Very Same Day!

November 2, 2017

As if competing the brutal Tram Road Challenge race wasn’t enough exercise for one day, my friend Jeff and I followed it up with an extraordinary hike. A hike that included this view!

In order to start the hike, we had to go for a ride…. up the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway. It’s the Read the rest of this entry »

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We Went to a Great Hiking Trail… and Did a Lot More Than Just Hike!

October 24, 2017

A few days ago, a couple friends and I went to Veterans Memorial Park in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sylmar. It’s at the edge of the Angeles National Forest, and after just a little while, you’re surrounded by nature and quickly forget you’re next to the second-largest city in the country. But we came to do more than just hike. We came to conquer this hill:

Photographs don’t do this hill justice. It’s steep. For about a tenth of a mile, it shoots up at Read the rest of this entry »


There’s a Shipwreck Near Los Angeles… and You Can Hike To It!

October 5, 2017

South of Los Angeles is a community called Rancho Palos Verdes. It’s a beautiful, affluent area, built on big bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. And, at the base of the bluffs, there’s a shipwreck that dates back 56 years!

It looks like I’m standing on a rusty tank, but it’s actually the Read the rest of this entry »


The. Hardest. Hike. I’ve. Ever. Done. PERIOD.

August 9, 2017

My last post ended in a cliffhanger: thanks to the cancellation of the Red Bull 400, I had some free time in Whistler, British Columbia, as well as the desire to do something physically challenging. That desire was fulfilled… by doing the most difficult hike I’ve ever done. And with a great group of friends!

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A New Hike Adventure: Exploring Vanalden Cave!

July 30, 2017

I learned a few months ago that there was a cave, accessible by hiking, not too far from me, in the Santa Monica Mountains. Heck yea! Let’s go check out that cave! It’s completely awesome… but kinda hard to find.

It’s called Vanalden Cave, and it’s in the mountains just south of Read the rest of this entry »


My Latest Epic and Historical Hike: To An Abandoned Gold Mine Near Los Angeles!

May 31, 2017

There’s gold in them thar hills! Well, there used to be. And miners used this tunnel to dig it out of the San Gabriel Mountains.

My long Memorial Day weekend began with a fantastic hike to this gold mine, known as the Dawn Mine, in the mountains north of Altadena, California. I went with two friends, Mark and Brian, and it ended up being a half-day adventure! Read the rest of this entry »


A New Workout in an Old Location. No, Wait, Make That TWO Old Locations!

May 24, 2017

I can’t believe it took me 15 years of living in Los Angeles before I checked out Ferndell. Shameful! Ferndell is a lovely 1/2-mile trail in Griffith Park that follows a meandering stream through a lush and green forest that seems downright out-of-place in a desert city like Los Angeles.

I’ve known that Ferndell was there. I even knew where it was. The trailhead is off a major street, Los Feliz Boulevard, that I’ve Read the rest of this entry »