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    Escape the summer heat with these night hikes available in Southern California

    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. From Oak Glen to Griffith Park to Palos Verdes to Irvine, with more stops along the way, adventures await. “It’s a different kind of experience. We have knowledgeable docents who help out. You might hear an owl. You...

    Suzanne Sproul
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    How ‘tourist hikers’ took over San Bernardino, San Gabriel mountains in 1880s

    “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. This boom produced a growing number of city dwellers who were drawn to the local mountains to reconnect with their “outdoorsman spirit.” Famed...

    Mark Landis
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    Wet winter creates hazards for hikers on Pacific Crest Trail

    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. While crossing a partly submerged log in Yosemite National Park, Sellsted was sucked under the tree and down the rushing creek. She gasped for air as the weight of her 55-pound backpack pushed her under the frigid water. No one was within miles as she was...

    By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press|

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