How ‘tourist hikers’ took over San Bernardino, San Gabriel mountains in 1880s |Jul 10, 2017

“The Great Hiking Era” is a fitting phrase used by local historians, to describe the obsession that gripped Southern California from the 1880s to the late 1930s. In the 1880s, Southern California experienced a phenomenal land boom that brought settlers, investors, and tourists to the region in huge numbers.

Escape the summer heat with these night hikes available in Southern California |Jul 10, 2017

Enough with the heat, already. How can you have summer fun and get some exercise when temperatures soar? Enjoy Mother Nature at night. Sunset or night hikes are a great way to enjoy the cool of the twilight or the glow of the silvery moon.

Wet winter creates hazards for hikers on Pacific Crest Trail |Jun 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Anya Sellsted had scaled scary snow-covered passes and forded frightening rivers during her solo hike from Mexico to Canada when the hazards of California’s gargantuan winter finally caught up to her.

Here’s your chance to explore the trails above Highland |Apr 5, 2017

HIGHLAND >> Hikers and bikers are invited to enjoy the city’s public trail system Saturday for the 23rd annual City of Highland Community Trails Day. This year’s event, themed “Take a hike, hit the trails and see Highland,” is meant to promote the city’s trails while encouraging healthful living.

Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake temporarily closed |Mar 29, 2017

The Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet has been so popular, it has been temporarily closed. As some hikers have been getting too close the blooms, Metropolitan Water District, which operates the trail near the massive drinking-water reservoir, closed the trail Wednesday, March 29, and will reopen it at sunrise Friday, April 31.

Redlands makes it easier to follow the Orange Blossom Trail |Mar 22, 2017

REDLANDS >> Let the decals lead the way — to the Orange Blossom Trail. With eastern and western portions of the Orange Blossom Trail already completed, the city has decided to bridge a gap in the planned 7.

Mt. Baldy deaths lead to questions about trail safety |Mar 17, 2017

On Friday, March 10, Lloyd Charton and Trevor Anthes were in the best of spirits, snowcamping on the summit of Mt. Baldy. But tragedy struck the two mountaineers the next day. Charton, the 69-year-old founder of Lux Adventures in Dana Point, died after reportedly falling off a shelf of overhanging snow known as a cornice on the mountain’s notorious Devil’s Backbone Trail.

Man, girl injured by falling boulder on Mt. Baldy trail |Mar 12, 2017

MOUNT BALDY >> A man and a female juvenile were injured Sunday when a falling boulder knocked them off a Mount Baldy-area trail. They were hiking along the fire road to Mt. Baldy near San Antonio Falls about 1:15 p.

Hiker dies while hiking Devil’s Backbone Trail on Mt. Baldy |Mar 11, 2017

MOUNT BALDY >> One hiker died and another was injured when they fell from Devil’s Backbone Trail on Mt. Baldy Saturday, an official said. The incident was reported at 11:43 a.m. Saturday, San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Oilvia Bozek wrote in an email.

23 cars towed in Rancho Cucamonga parking crackdown near North Etiwanda Preserve |Mar 5, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Sheriff’s deputies ordered 23 vehicles to be towed Saturday morning in the second parking crackdown this year near Rancho Cucamonga’s North Etiwanda Preserve.

Maybe Claremont Wilderness Park isn’t the best alternative hike |Feb 11, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> When San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials attempted to address the lack of parking at the Etiwanda Preserve, they offered alternatives, such as Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

Hikers film own rescue near Palm Springs a day after helping another stranded hiker and his dog |Feb 6, 2017

Three hikers, a dog and a park ranger spent a cold night in the San Jacinto Mountains on Saturday after one of the hikers, ill-prepared for the snowy conditions, got trapped on a notoriously dangerous trail and the others came to his aid.

After the rains, these 7 Orange County waterfalls are worth the hike |Jan 25, 2017

Mark Girardeau stands at the base of a raging waterfall and marvels at the sight. “I’ve never seen it flowing like this,” the photographer said, his camera pointed up at Ortega Falls, where liquid the color of chocolate spilled from between the rocks.

5 Inland Empire hiking spots that have sprung to life following recent rain |Jan 15, 2017

Numerous visitors flocked to the Santa Rosa Plateau’s vernal pools near Murrieta after a string of several storms filled the pools up, but they’re hardly the only Inland hiking destination transformed by seasonal rains.

Author of book on Pacific Crest Trail to share memories from hike |Dec 29, 2016

Award-winning author and prolific long-distance hiker Barney Scout Mann will in the Inland Empire in January and February, to share his newly released book “The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail.

Resident’s appeal leads Redlands to reconsider parking for San Timoteo Nature Conservancy |Dec 15, 2016

REDLANDS >> City staff will investigate parking options for visitors to city-owned trails in San Timoteo Canyon, following an appeal filed by a nearby resident. Tandy Hill has appealed the city’s decision to build a parking area off Alessandro Road at the entrance to the San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary, next to his driveway.

Rescued after nearly dying in the San Gabriel Mountains 25 years ago, a woman has spent a lifetime helping others |Nov 25, 2016

Somewhere in the darkness of that second night on the mountain 25 years ago, Cindy Moyneur England made peace with dying. The shrieking wind blasting around Mount Baldy and surrounding peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains screamed death at her.

New trail installed for visitors to Prospect Park and Kimberly Crest |Oct 6, 2016

REDLANDS >> Pedestrians now have an easier way to get to two of the city’s most popular landmarks. The city has installed a designated pedestrian walking path to Prospect Park and Kimberly Crest so visitors no longer have to walk in the street or driveway.

Hikers continue to ignore Upper Big Falls closure in Forest Falls |Jun 25, 2016

FOREST FALLS >> Part of Southern California’s tallest year-round waterfall remains off-limits to visitors in an effort to reduce injuries and will likely remain so throughout the summer, U.

3 hidden hikes along the Central California Coast worth searching for |Jun 13, 2016

The coast giveth and the coast taketh away: With inland temperatures on the rise, we decided to hike by the ocean during a trip to the Central Coast last month, hoping for cool weather and some lingering spring wildflowers.

On the Backbone Trail, you can now just keep on going |Jun 4, 2016

Hikers hit a 67-mile-long wildland trail Saturday that’s taken 40 years to construct between Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Backbone Trail, which now runs uninterrupted through some of Southern California’s last wild lands within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, opened during a morning ceremony at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

Shuttle linking Gold Line to San Gabriel Mountains National Monument may end soon |May 14, 2016

The famous inclined railway that once inched up the face of Mount Lowe it is not. Today’s modern, electric Gold Line with a stop in Duarte, combined with shuttle service linking passengers to the south-central edge of the 342,177-acre San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, mimics the Great Hiking Era’s Pacific Electric Railcar mountain ride in a less spectacular, but maybe more significant, way.

Sally Jewell hopes to change lives by bringing children to National Parks |May 8, 2016

WHITEWATER >>A group of about 25 mostly environmentalists and high-level public lands managers bolted into the new Sand to Snow National Monument one afternoon last week.

Wildfires create gaps in 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail |Apr 24, 2016

Nine Pacific Crest Trail backpackers sat outside Whitewater Trail House on a recent morning waiting to be shuttled on the next leg of their journey. Just two weeks into what could be a six-month adventure, hikers with trail names such as the “Beast,” “Forget-Me-Not” and “Special Delivery” were determined to walk from Mexico to Canada on as much of the trail as they could.

Rancho Cucamonga hiker among 7 to be honored with bench at state park |Apr 8, 2016

Larry Simmer had been excited by the idea of joining friends on a trip to Zion National Park in Utah last fall for a hiking excursion. But as the date approached, the IT project manager realized he wasn’t going to be able to take time away from work.

First responders offer safety warnings to Mt. Baldy hikers |Feb 22, 2016

MT. BALDY >> Be cautious and be ready to turn around at the first signs weather conditions have made the paths treacherous. That’s what first responders are warning hikers making their way to the moutain trails.

Man killed after falling from Mt. Baldy trail |Feb 21, 2016

MT BALDY >> The third hiker in a month died on Mt. Baldy trails Saturday. A fellow hiker called 911 Saturday afternoon to report that a 45-year-old man from San Diego slipped from Devil’s Backbone in Mt.

5 different things to do on Valentine’s Day in the Inland Empire |Feb 11, 2016

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is only a few days away. But before you frantically search through Yelp reviews and see if there are any reservations left for that great little spot you and your loved one have always wanted to visit, why not take a different approach to Valentine’s Day? 1.

Mount Baldy trails closed after 2nd hiker falls to death |Feb 8, 2016

Mount Baldy >> Following the death of the second hiker in a week and after a dozen injured hikers had to be hoisted off Mount Baldy Saturday, officials have closed the popular trails, disappointing some who had come to spend the day there Monday.

Joshua Tree National Park hikes planned for March, April |Feb 8, 2016

TWENTYNINE PALMS >> If you’re in excellent shape, you might want to consider next month’s steep and off-trail hiking with National Park Superintendent David Smith. As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Joshua Tree National Park, Smith is leading a number of hikes into the back country of the nation’s 15th largest park in terms of acreage.

3 hikes for Rose Parade visitors exploring Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco, home of the Rose Bowl |Dec 30, 2015

For a few hours on New Years Day, the sporting world turns its attention to the Arroyo Seco, the creek and watershed that begins in the San Gabriel Mountains and flows through Pasadena into northeast Los Angeles.

#OptOutside on Black Friday with these 7 Inland Empire hiking trails |Nov 26, 2015

Fresh air and trees or bargains and long lines? Those are the decisions some people will be making the day after Thanksgiving after outdoor retailer, REI, announced last month that all their stores nationwide would be closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday so their employees could be “more connected” with nature.

3 hikes on Kauai, Oahu show off best of Hawaii |Oct 1, 2015

When my husband told me we were hiking through a swamp a few months ago, I envisioned a boggy wasteland near the ocean, dark and cold and uninviting. I didn’t expect this landscape at 4,500 feet above sea level on a plateau near Mount Wai‘ale‘ale on Kaua‘i, one of the wettest spots in the world.

3 Hawaii hikes for adventure-seekers on Oahu, Maui, Kauai |Oct 1, 2015

These hikes on Hawaii are not for the faint of heart. KA‘ALA, Wai‘anae, O‘ahu LENGTH: 8 miles, roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Strenuous FEATURES: Traverses through valleys and along ridges, native forest with native birds, bog environment at the summit, views of Wai‘anae and western coastline, some bouldering, steep sections with ropes SLIDING SANDS, Haleakalā National Park, Maui LENGTH: Up to 15 miles, roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Strenuous with a 2,800-foot elevation gain FEATURES: Cinder cones and lava tubes, sightings of the endangered nēnē (Hawaiian goose) and the ʻāhinahina (Haleakalā silversword), native plants

4 best Hawaii hikes for wildlife lovers |Oct 1, 2015

With some of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems on the planet — Hawai‘i Island, alone, has 11 of the 13 world climates — Hawai‘i hiking trails offer a unique, up-close glimpse into habitats found nowhere else in the world.

4 best Hawaii hikes for families |Oct 1, 2015

With some of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems on the planet — Hawai‘i Island, alone, has 11 of the 13 world climates — Hawai‘i hiking trails offer a unique, up-close glimpse into habitats found nowhere else in the world.

Hiking in Hawaii for the first time? Try these 4 trails |Oct 1, 2015

Hawai‘i hiking trails offer a unique, up-close glimpse into habitats found nowhere else in the world. And there’s such a diversity, from the popular trail to the top of Le‘ahi (Diamond Head) on O‘ahu that you can do in slippers to the challenging 22-mile roundtrip trek on Kaua‘i’s breathtaking Nāpali Coast, that it can be hard to choose.

How to mark National Trails Day in Southern California |Jun 2, 2015

From easy interpretive walks to rugged high-country routes like the Pacific Crest Trail, there are more than 200,000 miles of trails in the United States. To put that in perspective, the National Highway System consists of 164,000 miles of roads.

Hiking: 3 Southern California hikes that are best in Spring |Apr 17, 2015

Spring sprang early in Southern California, then just as quickly seemed to surrender to summer’s advance. The glorious greens of this winter and a promising wildflower season proved to be no match for our sizzling March, the hottest on record in Downtown Los Angeles, and ongoing drought conditions.

How to hike to Oscar-winning movie locations |Feb 13, 2015

Although Southern California has played itself in such film classics as “Chinatown” and in this year’s Academy Award-nominated “Inherent Vice,” like a versatile character actor, the region’s diverse landscapes can assume endless identities.

8 ways to hike more in 2015 |Dec 31, 2014

If you’re like most people, all of your good intentions, inspired by the illusion of some cosmic do-over that comes with the new year, are already well on their way to oblivion. In one year and out the other, as the saying about resolutions goes.

3 challenging Southern California hikes to burn those Thanksgiving calories |Nov 24, 2014

So this is the year when you’re going to be careful at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s tough, though. What’s the turkey without a whole lot of stuffing and gravy? And gluttony may be one of the seven deadly sins, but then again, that pecan pie is positively killer.

Day hikes along the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains |Sep 26, 2014

Here are a few easy-to-reach stretches that offer a sample of the Backbone Trail experience. Will Rogers State Historic Park The legendary humorist’s onetime ranch is the eastern trailhead for the Backbone Trail.

Backbone Trail group hikes take slow trek through Santa Monica Mountains |Sep 26, 2014

Hiking the Backbone Trail is the slowest and most gratifying 65 miles you’ll ever travel in Southern California. In a region built for cars and speed, the Backbone Trail represents a return to the simple pleasures and challenges of taking your time, putting one foot in front of the other, and seeing how far you can go.

Redlands hikers reach summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro |Aug 27, 2014

Wednesday morning seven Redlands hikers reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, traveling in two groups.

Cool Malibu hiking trails for hot summer months |Aug 15, 2014

August is the off-season for Southern California hikers. It’s the region’s hottest month, and with significant rains unlikely until at least November, local mountains have dried to a crispy brown.

Avoid poison oak’s leaves of three on Southern California hiking trails |Aug 15, 2014

Look, but don’t touch. Something all hikers might want to remember when traveling the hundreds of trails all around Southern California. Just the slightest brush with poison oak will have the hiker in “itches” with red, oozing bumps for up to 10 days.

Permanent access to Fish Canyon Falls provided for first time in 30 years |Jun 18, 2014

For the first time in 30 years, hikers on Saturday will have permanent access to one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the San Gabriel Mountains. The city of Azusa and its partner, Vulcan Materials Co.

Adventure Pass nixed for visitors who hike, bike into Southern California forests, judge rules |May 7, 2014

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service can no longer charge fees to visitors who hike, walk and bike in the undeveloped regions of the Cleveland, Los Padres, Angeles and San Bernardino national forests.

Friends of Blue Mountain in Grand Terrace to host annual hike |Feb 23, 2014

GRAND TERRACE >> Hundreds are expected to participate in the annual Blue Mountain Hike on March 8. Hikers may begin the walk at 8 a.m., but must begin no later than 10:45 a.m., at the corner of Palm Avenue and Honey Hills Drive.