Category: Angeles National Forest

Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain

Take me back to Smith Mountain! This is our new favorite hike in the Angeles National Forest! That foggy, cool morning was perfect for this fun challenging hike because this trail is exposed from beginning to end. Both Xena and I absolutely loved every minute of this hike. After parking at the Smith Mountain Trailhead near

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Hiking To Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks Hike

This hike begins from the Mt Waterman trailhead across Buckhorn Day Use Area in the Angeles National Forest. After crossing the HWY 2, start the hike via the fire road behind the gate and keep your eyes open for a weathered sign for Mt Waterman Loop to your left in the first 0.1 miles. When

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5 Best Dog-Friendly Waterfall Hikes Near Los Angeles

5 Dog-friendly Waterfall Hikes

Did you know there are waterfalls near Los Angeles? Did you also know that this is the best time to visit the waterfalls? If you drive just an hour or two, you can find some lovely hikes to pretty waterfalls this time of the year! Thanks to the wet winter we had, the trails we’ve hiked

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Cooper Canyon via Cloudburst Summit

Cooper Canyon Falls

Hiking to Cooper Canyon Falls can start from two locations – Buckhorn Campground or Cloudburst Summit. This hike begins from Cloudburst Summit (7,018 ft) in Pearblossom, CA. When we arrived at the trailhead, there was still some snow left from the recent snowfall. It was partly ice. After putting on the microspikes, we began the hike on

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A Beautiful Mistake

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When you attempt to explore a new trail that is described as “lightly trafficked” and “hard to find”, you know you are gambling. You don’t know what you will run into. You have to listen to your intuition and hope you make the best decisions along the way when needed. I think I mentioned before

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Strawberry Peak

I already shared how it went at the peak in my last post. But there was more to this hike than the misunderstanding we had. So here is the rest of the story with a complete hiking guide for the Strawberry Peak hike. At 6,165 ft (1,879 m), Strawberry Peak is a prominent landmark when you

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Mt Baden-Powell via Dawson Saddle

This hike begins from Dawson Saddle (Elev. 7,901 ft). Since I already covered the Dawson Saddle trail in one of my previous write-ups, I won’t repeat it here for our regular readers. If you’d like to know where to park and how to get to the trailhead, please refer to our Mt Hawkins & Throop Peak via

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