Towering 11,000-foot mountains, barren salt flats, sand dunes, deep canyons, expansive vistas and hidden oases make Death Valley National Park a hiker's playground. Mild temps and the chance to see wildflower superblooms mean spring is the most popular time to visit, but autumn and winter offer equally pleasant weather and fewer people. Temperatures soar above […]
Nestled deep within two distinct deserts in southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is within easy reach of Los Angeles, San Diego and even Las Vegas, making it a convenient spot for weekend adventures. However, with numerous campgrounds, ranger programs and recreational activities like hiking and rock climbing, the park deserves much more than a […]
The Start Mountain bikes are everywhere: on car racks, in truck beds and vans, leaning against buildings, and pedaling up and down both lanes of this rural mountain highway. The ones with bibs zip-tied to the handlebars are about to race a 26.5-mile course that climbs 4,500 feet and descends 5,700 feet. It’s the first […]
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Despite its reputation for urban sprawl, greater Los Angeles is actually a hiking hotbed. From on-trail views of iconic landmarks to stunning waterfalls to rugged summits, hikers of all abilities have plenty of opportunities to get out of the city and explore. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top hikes in LA as […]
The Golden State is blessed with 840 miles of coastline dotted with ocean-side campsites perfect for nearly every adventure. Here are six of our favorite beach camp spots in CA to get you started. Crystal Cove State Park Orange County Set along 3.2 miles of shoreline between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, this popular […]
Diedre Tanenberg grew up exploring the outdoors. The 33-year-old REI Outdoor School instructor was raised on the West Coast, where she acquired a passion for pushing herself outside, primarily through camping and whitewater rafting. It therefore made perfect sense that one day Tanenberg would become an instructor for the REI Outdoor School. But there’s one […]
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Sara Fry can still remember a few moments from that day in the summer of 2005. Her water polo team faced a rival high school, which deepened her desire to win. The water cooled her body as she swam arm to arm with her teammates. Despite a shoulder injury, she felt driven. Just 15 years […]
The sport of canyoneering offers a chance to explore some of the most amazing landscapes and infrequently traveled terrain. Utah is known to have some of the world’s best and most unique slot canyons, but Southern California has plenty to offer, too, and most are a short drive from Los Angeles. Here are some of […]
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Originally from Queens, New York, Ralph started hiking in Los Angeles at the age of 26 and never stopped. In 2014 he created TRLBLZRS, an LA-based hiking group aimed at getting people from all walks of life outdoors and connecting them to nature. Why is getting outside important? The most important thing to me is […]