Terra Firma Adventures

HIKING WITH KIDS

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

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

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

Kelty FC3 Child Carrier Review

Kelty FC3 Child Carrier Review

My youngest daughter is over three years old now, and we have gotten an awful lot of use from our Kelty FC3 child carrier, so I figured it was time to do a review of it and tell you about the good things and a few minor complaints we have experienced. When our first daughter [...]

December 22, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKING WITH KIDS, REVIEWS 5

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

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

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

Environmental Nature Center- Newport Beach, CA

Environmental Nature Center- Newport Beach, CA

The Environmental Nature Center located in Newport Beach, CA is the type of place anyone interested in nature, whether adult or child, will enjoy. There are so many things to do and see. Hidden in the The Learning Center is a LEED Platinum Certified Structure. Combine that with the Butterfly house and the grounds containing [...]

May 30, 2012 Kristopher Artz HIKING WITH KIDS, URBAN 0