california

March 12, 2020

Best Bike Rides in San Francisco

Despite being the second-densest major city in the United States, San Francisco has an abundance of outdoor activities, especially if you prefer to adventure on two wheels. The hills may be daunting, but don’t worry. Whether you’re looking to ride road, dirt or gravel, the City by the Bay has rides for every skill level, […]

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March 6, 2020

Best Hikes Near Palm Springs

You’d be forgiven for believing California’s Palm Springs is only about second homes, swimming pools and midcentury modern architecture. After all, the Coachella Valley’s unofficial capital has houses enough for double its number of actual residents, and 90 percent of those homes feature some kind of pool. But there is so much more to do […]

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December 27, 2019

Best Hikes in Death Valley

Mountains in Death Valley National Park

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 […]

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September 23, 2019

Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

The sun sets behind a classic park landscape highlighting the iconic Joshua Trees.

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 […]

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September 12, 2019

Where’s Debbie? A Look at the Volunteer Force Behind Northern California’s Downieville Classic

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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September 6, 2019

Best Hikes in Los Angeles

The foreground shows the narrow knife edge of the Devil's Backbone with the mountains landscape behind.

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 […]

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August 20, 2019

Our Favorite Beach Camping Spots in California

A sign points toward a campground on Santa Catalina Island.

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 […]

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July 3, 2018

Getting to Know REI Outdoor School Instructor Diedre Tanenberg

Diedre Tanenberg at the San Francisco REI store. (Photo Credit: Shelby Carpenter)

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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March 7, 2018

The Solace of the Sierra

Sara Fry and her dog, Tank

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 […]

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