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HIKES

Snowshoeing the Gold Creek Pond Loop

Snowshoeing the Gold Creek Pond Loop

Are you in the Seattle area and looking for a short (less than 2 mile) and relatively close snowshoe hike that is a great way to introduce newbies or kids to the enjoyment snowshoeing can provide? Well, here is one my family and I have  done a few times now, that’s just on the East side [...]

March 18, 2014 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS 0

Wallace Falls State Park, WA

Wallace Falls State Park, WA

Only minutes from Goldbar, WA, the Wallace Falls State Park Management Area is a 4,735-acre camping park found on the west side of the Cascade Mountains.  This gorgeous hike parallels the Wallace River, have peek-a-boo views of the cascades, meanders through a dense moss & fern covered forest and finally terminates at a series of [...]

October 25, 2013 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS, SP 0

Fozzils Ultralight Backpacking Bowl Review

Fozzils Ultralight Backpacking Bowl Review

I was first introduced to the folding bowl concept several years ago when I came across an Orikaso bowl… I was pleasantly surprised with its performance but my main gripes with it were the folding tabs were fairly cumbersome and the polypropylene material seemed very thin and felt flimsy, especially when hot liquidy type foods [...]

June 28, 2013 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, REVIEWS 0

Hermit Falls Trail, Angeles National Forest

Hermit Falls Trail, Angeles National Forest

If you’re looking for a short summer hike with cool water and a significant amount of tree cover, the Hermit Falls Trail in the Big Santa Anita Canyon/ Mount Wilson area is a pretty good one… Just don’t expect to be alone if it’s the weekend.  I took my 8 year old and 3 year old [...]

June 25, 2013 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS 0

Backpacking Macaroni and Cheese Comparison

Backpacking Macaroni and Cheese Comparison

It wasn’t so long ago that there were only a few companies making backpacking meals and the selections they offered were pretty limited. Now you can go to a backpacking specialty store and find a lot of options. Not long ago I was at REI with my daughters and they browsed up and down the [...]

May 10, 2013 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, REVIEWS, TIPS 0

Snowshoeing the Twin Lakes Trail, Sequoia NP

Snowshoeing the Twin Lakes Trail, Sequoia NP

If you love Winter weather, Sequoia is one of the  best places to visit. One of the greatest things about snowshoeing & winter camping is that you rarely have to worry about running into other people. I like to take advantage of this time to hike trails that might otherwise be pretty heavily traveled in [...]

February 4, 2013 Kristopher Artz HIKES, NP 0

Day Hikes in Yosemite Valley,NP

Day Hikes in Yosemite Valley,NP

If your planning a hiking trip to the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite NP here are some great highlight videos that the National Park Service has put together. They showcase and describe a few of the most popular hikes for different ability or exertion levels. They are a fantastic resource. Watch a 4½-minute video about easy [...]

January 21, 2013 Kristopher Artz HIKES, NP 0

Maggie Lakes, Golden Trout Widerness

Maggie Lakes, Golden Trout Widerness

The Sierra Nevada range has so many beautiful little gems hidden within it, it’s really hard to choose where to spend your time. Here is one trip that begins in the Sequoia National Forest and you hike into the Golden Trout Wilderness. This trip has a great variety of terrain and amazing views.  If you [...]

January 18, 2013 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES 0

Monrovia Canyon Park, Waterfall Trail

Monrovia Canyon Park, Waterfall Trail

This park is truly a  hidden gem within the greater Los Angeles area. Monrovia Canyon Park  is a great place to enjoy a small slice of nature so grab the kids or dog and enjoy this relaxing and beautiful hike… just don’t expect to find much solitude. The park is located at 1201 North Canyon [...]

January 9, 2013 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS 2

Trail Canyon Falls, Angeles National Forest

Trail Canyon Falls, Angeles National Forest

If you’re looking for a nice little work out in the Los Angeles area with a great payoff at the end, here’s a hike for you. The Trail Canyon Trail hike is about a 4 mile out and back trip. It is a fairly modest uphill hike  most of the way out with some short [...]

December 9, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS 0