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Castle Peak in West Hills

Castle Peak Loop

This hike is located in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in West Hills, CA. Although the trails are open year-round, the best time to hike it is spring when the rolling hills are green and wildflowers are blooming. Here is another hike from February a few years ago. You can see what it

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Secret Passage to Coba Arch

Adventure Dog

This was our first hike of the year on Xena’s birthday. Another name for this hike is Secret Passage to Simi Peak. I had to take a photo of her morning face to share. She’s never been a morning dog. When I used to be motivated for super early hikes, I had to carry her

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Trail Canyon Falls

Adventure Dog

When the brutal summer heat was finally coming to an end, the wildfires took over the mountains in Southern California last year. The Bobcat Fire burned for months in the Angeles National Forest. It started on September 6, 2020, and was finally contained by December 18. To say I was disappointed and felt sad would

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Chasing Wildflowers

Adventure Dog

That’s how I’d summarize the month of March. I just love it when we have a super bloom in Southern California! It really shouldn’t be but the reality is, when you are adventuring with your dog, it can be a little bit tricky. Dogs aren’t allowed at all outdoor locations. To start off, National Parks

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#TrailTip Tuesday: Lightly Trafficked

Hiking With Dog

When you research trail info, sometimes the description says the trail is lightly trafficked. If you are new to researching hiking trails, besides the obvious meaning, here is what you need to know. Since the trail is less traveled, it’s more than likely you will find the trail less maintained than the ones you are used

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Mt Baldy via Devil’s Backbone

Mount San Antonio, commonly referred to as Mt Baldy, attracts hikers from all over. It’s got the name “Baldy” because of its iconic bare looking Baldy Bowl. Mt Baldy is the highest peak in the Angeles National Forest and is the 47th tallest peak in the U.S. National Forest. The hike to the Mt Baldy

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