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Burkhart Trail to Cooper Canyon Falls

Cooper Canyon Falls is a pretty nice hike by Southern California standards that flows year round and roars in April/May from snow run off. Burkhart Trail to get there is mostly shaded, lots of trees, and you follow a creek to a big waterfall at the end of the hike. It's also not super crowded. Definitely one of my...

Eco-Swaps: Easy Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home

We use and dispose of so many products (and plastic), we don't even realize it. If you're like me, once you go out into the world on your own, you use all the same products that your parents did when you lived at home. The products we use get ingrained in us and using them becomes more of a...

Colby Canyon to Josephine Peak and Strawberry Peak

Colby Canyon offers a scenic route up to both Josephine Peak and Strawberry Peak (most challenging peak in the front range of the San Gabriels). This hike gives you great 360-degree views of the surrounding areas from the top of these mile-high peaks. Overview: Distance: 4.3 - 8 one way(depending on route) Time: 5-7hrs (depending on route) ...

Rhinowolf Tent Review

I first saw the RhinoWolf tents on a Fb ad and was immediately interested in this product. What a cool idea! Not only was their marketing really slick and fun, but the tent itself looked amazing. An all-in-one tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat for 5.5lbs, PLUS they're module: you can combine the individual tents by zipping them together...

How Much Water Do You Need When Hiking or Backpacking?

Being properly hydrated when hiking or backpacking is not only vitally important for your health, but for your enjoyment as well. Dehydration can lead to serious health problems, which can be especially dangerous if you're on a backpacking trip in the middle of no where for days at at time. The biggest issue that comes with stay hydrated is that...

Spelunking in Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave

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The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave tour was my favorite thing that we did in Belize during our entire trip! I am a bit partial and really enjoy spelunking and exploring caves, but this adventure really was super cool and lived up to all of my expectations! ATM cave is world renown and was named one of the top 10 caves...

Mirror Lake Loop Trail

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Overview: Distance: 2-8mi (depending on route) Time: 1-3hrs Elevation Gain/Loss: Roughly 100ft Difficulty: Easy Crowd Factor: Moderate-High Best Time: May-Sept, Oct-Nov Permits: No, Yosemite Park Entry Fee: $35 Highlights Beautiful views Easy, but not too easy. A little something for people of all levels. Lowlights Crowds, especially during the summer...

Guide to Hiking Half Dome

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Hiking Half Dome is a "bucket list" item for many people and is not something to commit to lightly or to go into unprepared. This 8,844 ft tall peak in Yosemite National Park provides incredible views of the valley floor and surrounding areas. Hiking to the top of it is no joke and is not for inexperienced hikers. It...

How to Get a Zion Narrows Permit

Overnight backpacking permits for the Zion Narrows are like gold - they are incredibly hard to get and go very quickly once they become available. Day hiking permits are much easier and far less competitive. You do not need a permit if you are day hiking from the Bottom, up. Anyone at any time can wander into the bottom portion...

Guide to Coyote Gulch

Coyote Gulch is an amazing beautiful canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante desert in Utah. It's a popular destination for backpackers and day hikers due to the incredible arches, waterfalls, and petroglyphs all found within a relatively short distance. This area is best explored during an overnight backpacking trip, but can be done as one long day hike as well. Overview: ...