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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel CA

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel CA

Point Lobos State Reserve is often referred to as “the crown jewel of California’s state park system”. It attracts over 300,000 visitors each year…and for good reason. The scenery is absolutely stunning. If your interested in outdoor photography, this is definitely a place for you. I didn’t have my DSLR camera with me, but I sure wish I had. With [...]

September 27, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS 0

Hiking Chain Lakes, Yosemite NP

Hiking Chain Lakes, Yosemite NP

Do you want to experience Yosemite in the summer without the crowds? Here is a beautiful, moderately strenuous 14 mile overnighter that will allow you to experience several glacial lakes at various stages of their life cycle. Chain Lakes is a series of three lakes located in the South Eastern region of Yosemite National Park near [...]

August 24, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, NP 4

Devils Postpile NM, Mammoth Lakes CA -The Postpile

Devils Postpile NM, Mammoth Lakes CA -The Postpile

Devils Postpile National Monument is one of those places that had been on my list of MUST sees for a while. The internet search results for images of the Postpile are spectacular and that’s what really got me to put it up near the top of my list. The 798 acre National Monument was mainly [...]

July 27, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS 1

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim CA

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim CA

“The Oak Canyon Nature Center is a 58 acre natural park nestled in the Ananheim Hills. A year round stream meanders through the park. Consisting of three adjoining canyons, four miles of hiking trails traverse one of the few remaining areas of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub in the area. Native wildlife makes the [...]

June 20, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS 0

Shady Canyon Trail- Irvine CA

Shady Canyon Trail- Irvine CA

Shady Canyon Trail- Irvine CA http://www.irlandmarks.org/assets/pdfs/COI-OSPS.pdf This hike of the week led me to Shady Canyon Trail located in Irvine, about ten minutes away from John Wayne airport. It was an easy beginner hike that is great for families, hiking, biking, running and even bringing your pets for a stroll. There is the option of [...]

June 13, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKES 0

Hellman Wilderness Park- Sycamore Canyon, Whittier CA

Hellman Wilderness Park- Sycamore Canyon, Whittier CA

Hellman Wilderness Park, Sycamore Canyon is Located in Whittier, CA http://www.cityofwhittier.org/depts/prcs/parks/locationsmap.asp  The Hellman Wilderness Park has a few different trails but our map led us to the Sycamore Canyon Trail. At first I was a little sketchy; we started out on a paved road and even passed a work truck. However, after about 10 minutes on [...]

June 7, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKES 0

What Is A Good Age To Start Taking Your Child Hiking?

What Is A Good Age To Start Taking Your Child Hiking?

I have talked to several friends that have young kids and they have asked me when they should start to take their kid(s) hiking? Hiking is a fun and easy way to expose young children to the outdoors, and if your willing to do all of the work, they can begin hiking before they can [...]

May 22, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS 2

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves, Anza Borrego SP

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves, Anza Borrego SP

Gear: Before you go here is my list of recommended things to take along. Friend or a buddy…some experiences are just more fun with someone else to share them with, plus it’s safer too. Flashlights or headlamps. An extra flashlight or spare batteries would be wise. You don’t have to go very far into the [...]

May 9, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS, OFF ROAD 2

My 3 National Parks Wish List and Why

My 3 National Parks Wish List and Why

Anyone that enjoys hiking or camping is familiar with the National Parks and what a treasure they are.  According to the National Park Service website, “The National Park System comprises 397 areas covering more than 84 million acres.”  With so many Parks to visit and so many amazing things to see, there are bound to [...]

May 8, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, NP 0

Exploring Anza-Borrego SP, Spring in the Desert

Exploring Anza-Borrego SP, Spring in the Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert SP  is California’s largest state park. It is located to the South East of Los Angeles- about a 3 hour drive. In the late winter or early spring, this desert is an amazing place to enjoy some mild weather, primitive camping, hiking, various difficulty levels off roading,  and observe beautiful desert wildflowers. The variety of [...]

May 4, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, OFF ROAD 1