Category: Southern California

Winter Hike Begins in LA

There are several dog-friendly trails in Whittier but Whittier is too hot during summer for Xena (for me too!) so the trails in the area have been on my Winter Hike wishlist for a while. The trailhead of Hellman Wilderness Park should’ve been easy to find if Alltrails.com had the right location pinned but instead

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Mandeville Ridge Trail

Unlike the rest of the country, the best time to hike is just starting in southern California. This hike starts from the Westridge Trailhead in Pacific Palisades then leads you to Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park. As we do this hike every winter, photos used in the post are collected from multiple hikes. Dogs are allowed off-leash

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Exploring the Three Sisters with My Sister

When I first saw the Three Sisters Reserve next to the Portuguese Bend Reserve on a map, I thought “I want to go there”. The name called out to me. The Portuguese Bend Reserve is the most popular reserve among nature reserves nearby so you can find trail information and helpful reviews from other hikers

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Hill Workout in Palos Verdes

I got up early yesterday to hit the trails before it gets scorching hot again. I’ve been wanting to go hiking for a while but the job search kept me busy past couple weeks. I felt almost relieved when we arrived at the Portuguese Bend Reserve. “Ahh.. we are finally here.”, I thought. Even Xena looked relieved. Maybe she

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