Catalina Island hopes to woo more visitors with 27 miles of new hiking trails |Sep 24, 2017

Visitors to Catalina Island have 27 miles of new options to leave Avalon behind and trek into the isle’s back country, thanks to a newly opened series of trails. The trails were added as part of Imagine Catalina, a multidecade project to preserve the island and promote conservation among visitors.

Escape the summer heat with these night hikes available in Southern California |Jul 10, 2017

Enough with the heat, already. How can you have summer fun and get some exercise when temperatures soar? Enjoy Mother Nature at night. Sunset or night hikes are a great way to enjoy the cool of the twilight or the glow of the silvery moon.

Wet winter creates hazards for hikers on Pacific Crest Trail |Jun 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Anya Sellsted had scaled scary snow-covered passes and forded frightening rivers during her solo hike from Mexico to Canada when the hazards of California’s gargantuan winter finally caught up to her.

Event Saturday will dedicate completed work at El Dorado Nature Center |May 16, 2017

The public is invited on Saturday to celebrate a newly-built entryway and plaza at the El Dorado Nature Center. The event, at 7550 E. Spring St., will include interactive education stations where attendees can learn about wildlife and ongoing tours of the nature center.

Hikers film own rescue near Palm Springs a day after helping another stranded hiker and his dog |Feb 6, 2017

Three hikers, a dog and a park ranger spent a cold night in the San Jacinto Mountains on Saturday after one of the hikers, ill-prepared for the snowy conditions, got trapped on a notoriously dangerous trail and the others came to his aid.

After the rains, these 7 Orange County waterfalls are worth the hike |Jan 25, 2017

Mark Girardeau stands at the base of a raging waterfall and marvels at the sight. “I’ve never seen it flowing like this,” the photographer said, his camera pointed up at Ortega Falls, where liquid the color of chocolate spilled from between the rocks.

Rescued after nearly dying in the San Gabriel Mountains 25 years ago, a woman has spent a lifetime helping others |Nov 25, 2016

Somewhere in the darkness of that second night on the mountain 25 years ago, Cindy Moyneur England made peace with dying. The shrieking wind blasting around Mount Baldy and surrounding peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains screamed death at her.

Nearly 27 miles of new trails coming to Catalina Island |Oct 12, 2016

The latest, and likely last, major expansion of trails on Catalina Island will give visitors plenty of options to cut a path through the island’s oft-neglected backcountry. The expansion began Oct.

3 hidden hikes along the Central California Coast worth searching for |Jun 13, 2016

The coast giveth and the coast taketh away: With inland temperatures on the rise, we decided to hike by the ocean during a trip to the Central Coast last month, hoping for cool weather and some lingering spring wildflowers.

On the Backbone Trail, you can now just keep on going |Jun 4, 2016

Hikers hit a 67-mile-long wildland trail Saturday that’s taken 40 years to construct between Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Backbone Trail, which now runs uninterrupted through some of Southern California’s last wild lands within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, opened during a morning ceremony at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

Shuttle linking Gold Line to San Gabriel Mountains National Monument may end soon |May 14, 2016

The famous inclined railway that once inched up the face of Mount Lowe it is not. Today’s modern, electric Gold Line with a stop in Duarte, combined with shuttle service linking passengers to the south-central edge of the 342,177-acre San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, mimics the Great Hiking Era’s Pacific Electric Railcar mountain ride in a less spectacular, but maybe more significant, way.

Sally Jewell hopes to change lives by bringing children to National Parks |May 8, 2016

WHITEWATER >>A group of about 25 mostly environmentalists and high-level public lands managers bolted into the new Sand to Snow National Monument one afternoon last week.

Mount Baldy trails closed after 2nd hiker falls to death |Feb 8, 2016

Mount Baldy >> Following the death of the second hiker in a week and after a dozen injured hikers had to be hoisted off Mount Baldy Saturday, officials have closed the popular trails, disappointing some who had come to spend the day there Monday.

3 hikes for Rose Parade visitors exploring Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco, home of the Rose Bowl |Dec 30, 2015

For a few hours on New Years Day, the sporting world turns its attention to the Arroyo Seco, the creek and watershed that begins in the San Gabriel Mountains and flows through Pasadena into northeast Los Angeles.

3 hikes on Kauai, Oahu show off best of Hawaii |Oct 1, 2015

When my husband told me we were hiking through a swamp a few months ago, I envisioned a boggy wasteland near the ocean, dark and cold and uninviting. I didn’t expect this landscape at 4,500 feet above sea level on a plateau near Mount Wai‘ale‘ale on Kaua‘i, one of the wettest spots in the world.

3 Hawaii hikes for adventure-seekers on Oahu, Maui, Kauai |Oct 1, 2015

These hikes on Hawaii are not for the faint of heart. KA‘ALA, Wai‘anae, O‘ahu LENGTH: 8 miles, roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Strenuous FEATURES: Traverses through valleys and along ridges, native forest with native birds, bog environment at the summit, views of Wai‘anae and western coastline, some bouldering, steep sections with ropes SLIDING SANDS, Haleakalā National Park, Maui LENGTH: Up to 15 miles, roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Strenuous with a 2,800-foot elevation gain FEATURES: Cinder cones and lava tubes, sightings of the endangered nēnē (Hawaiian goose) and the ʻāhinahina (Haleakalā silversword), native plants

4 best Hawaii hikes for families |Oct 1, 2015

With some of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems on the planet — Hawai‘i Island, alone, has 11 of the 13 world climates — Hawai‘i hiking trails offer a unique, up-close glimpse into habitats found nowhere else in the world.

4 best Hawaii hikes for wildlife lovers |Oct 1, 2015

With some of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems on the planet — Hawai‘i Island, alone, has 11 of the 13 world climates — Hawai‘i hiking trails offer a unique, up-close glimpse into habitats found nowhere else in the world.

Hiking in Hawaii for the first time? Try these 4 trails |Oct 1, 2015

Hawai‘i hiking trails offer a unique, up-close glimpse into habitats found nowhere else in the world. And there’s such a diversity, from the popular trail to the top of Le‘ahi (Diamond Head) on O‘ahu that you can do in slippers to the challenging 22-mile roundtrip trek on Kaua‘i’s breathtaking Nāpali Coast, that it can be hard to choose.

How to mark National Trails Day in Southern California |Jun 2, 2015

From easy interpretive walks to rugged high-country routes like the Pacific Crest Trail, there are more than 200,000 miles of trails in the United States. To put that in perspective, the National Highway System consists of 164,000 miles of roads.

Hiking: 3 Southern California hikes that are best in Spring |Apr 17, 2015

Spring sprang early in Southern California, then just as quickly seemed to surrender to summer’s advance. The glorious greens of this winter and a promising wildflower season proved to be no match for our sizzling March, the hottest on record in Downtown Los Angeles, and ongoing drought conditions.

How to hike to Oscar-winning movie locations |Feb 13, 2015

Although Southern California has played itself in such film classics as “Chinatown” and in this year’s Academy Award-nominated “Inherent Vice,” like a versatile character actor, the region’s diverse landscapes can assume endless identities.

8 ways to hike more in 2015 |Dec 31, 2014

If you’re like most people, all of your good intentions, inspired by the illusion of some cosmic do-over that comes with the new year, are already well on their way to oblivion. In one year and out the other, as the saying about resolutions goes.

3 challenging Southern California hikes to burn those Thanksgiving calories |Nov 24, 2014

So this is the year when you’re going to be careful at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s tough, though. What’s the turkey without a whole lot of stuffing and gravy? And gluttony may be one of the seven deadly sins, but then again, that pecan pie is positively killer.

Backbone Trail group hikes take slow trek through Santa Monica Mountains |Sep 26, 2014

Hiking the Backbone Trail is the slowest and most gratifying 65 miles you’ll ever travel in Southern California. In a region built for cars and speed, the Backbone Trail represents a return to the simple pleasures and challenges of taking your time, putting one foot in front of the other, and seeing how far you can go.

Day hikes along the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains |Sep 26, 2014

Here are a few easy-to-reach stretches that offer a sample of the Backbone Trail experience. Will Rogers State Historic Park The legendary humorist’s onetime ranch is the eastern trailhead for the Backbone Trail.

Avoid poison oak’s leaves of three on Southern California hiking trails |Aug 15, 2014

Look, but don’t touch. Something all hikers might want to remember when traveling the hundreds of trails all around Southern California. Just the slightest brush with poison oak will have the hiker in “itches” with red, oozing bumps for up to 10 days.

Cool Malibu hiking trails for hot summer months |Aug 15, 2014

August is the off-season for Southern California hikers. It’s the region’s hottest month, and with significant rains unlikely until at least November, local mountains have dried to a crispy brown.

Permanent access to Fish Canyon Falls provided for first time in 30 years |Jun 18, 2014

For the first time in 30 years, hikers on Saturday will have permanent access to one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the San Gabriel Mountains. The city of Azusa and its partner, Vulcan Materials Co.

The Green Way: Monrovia Wilderness Preserve continues hiking era |Feb 15, 2014

You could say Monrovia’s chapter of the Great Hiking Era began in 1905 when resident and building contractor Ben Overturff discovered a plateau in the mountains north of the city he called Deer Park.