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Full Corn Moon Hike Report

🌕 Full Corn Moon Hike and Party 🍺🍹 Time: September 1, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – September 1, 2020 @ 9:30 pm A loopy hike starting on the El Escorpion Trail and to a peak in Upper Las Virgenes Open Space near Ahmanson Ranch

Wet and Wild(wood)

A cool hike on hot day along the Arroyo Conejo with Margaritas and a picnic lunch

Santa Maria Canyon

Santa Maria Canyon – Summerhill Ranch Loop

Easy Full Moon Hike – Santa Maria Canyon – Summer Hill Ranch Loop Time: August 15, 2019 @ 6:45 pm – August 15, 2019 @ 9:45 pm We enjoyed a great “lollipop” outing in the northeastern corner of Topanga State Park starting at the Viewridge Trailhead for Santa Maria Canyon. We connected up with The [...]

Secret Staircases of Rustic Canyon

Secret Staircases of Rustic Canyon + Murphy Ranch Time: August 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am – August 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm A hidden staircase, the longest public staircase in Los Angeles, drops 24 stories into the middle of lush Rustic Canyon.   There are actually two staircases with over 500 steps -- each! We'll [...]

Journey to the Center of the City – Franklin Canyon

Journey to the Center of the City – Franklin Canyon This HDW original is a classic. On this 6-7 mile hike I will take you through Franklin Canyon and then a bit off-trail to the “planar” center of Los Angeles. It will make a great photo opp. There will be about 1200 ft of total [...]

Hot-Weather Hiking Tips

Sunny days are perfect for lacing up your boots and heading out in search of an alpine lake, a mountain summit or a dramatic slot canyon. But, along with the sun can come intense heat, and if you don’t manage the combination of the two properly, your fun day can turn into a painful and […]

How to Clean a Hydration Bladder

You might be thinking, “how does something we fill with clean water ever need cleaning?” But bacteria and mold are resourceful little buggers, and will inevitably find their way into your CamelBak, Platypus or other brand of hydration reservoir. Your best defense is to clean your system regularly. It’s not hard to do, but the shapes are awkward [...]