Danielle Mooney

Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku

Hawaii / Pipiwai Trail

Located in Haleakala National Park on Maui's southeastern coast, this trail is well maintained by the National Park Service and is quite popular with visitors.

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Explore Haleakala's Summit

Hawaii / Haleakala National Park Visitor Center

Head to Haleakala's summit for amazing views of the island and your choice of a stunning sunrise or sunset.

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Hike through Iao Valley to Kūkaemoku (The Needle)

Hawaii / Iao Valley SP Parking Area

This is a very simple hike for people of all ages, and a great way to see the beautiful Maui rainforest.

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Explore the Road to Hana

Hawaii / Hana Highway

Start near Paia on Highway 36 and head east. The road is famous for its many twists and turns, so consider taking lots of breaks to get some fresh air and avoid getting car sick.

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Hike to Santiago Peak via Holy Jim

Orange County / Holy Jim Trail

When you think of Orange County, you think of beaches, boardwalks, but what you may not know is that there are some great hikes in our very own backyard! My favorite is a fairly strenuous day hiking.

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Snowshoe to Grand View Point

Orange County / Aspen Glen Picnic Area

Grand View Point is accessed via Pine Knot Trail, a 6.5 mile out and back hiking trail located at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, 1 mile from Big Bear Village.

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Hike to Holy Jim Falls

Orange County / Holy Jim Trail

To start, directions on how to get to the trail there are two different ways, the most common , which I will explain, being through Rancho Santa Margarita you will head east on Santa Margarita Parkwa.

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Camp at Catalina's Two Harbors

Los Angeles / Two Harbors Campground

An island camping escape is a mere 50 minute boat ride away from the southern California coast.

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Backpacking Catalina Island

Los Angeles / Parsons Landing

The Parson’s Landing Campground is a secluded beach campsite located seven miles west of the village of Two Harbors.

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Catch a Sunset at Sunset Beach in CA

Orange County / Sunset Beach (Anderson Street)

Sunset Beach is located just 9 miles south of Long Beach and 6 miles North of Huntington Beach, CA on the famous Pacific Coast Highway 1. I accessed Sunset Beach from the South on I-405.

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Stand Up Paddle (SUP) in Huntington Harbor

Orange County / Huntington Harbor

Huntington Harbor is the perfect location for an easy and relaxing stand up paddle board session.

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Run the Culver City Stairs

Los Angeles / Culver City Stairs

The Culver City Stairs are an outdoor staircase designed into the trails leading up to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.

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Hike Sandstone Peak

Los Angeles / Sandstone Peak Trailhead

If you live in Los Angeles, Sandstone Peak is a must! The hike to the summit can be done on a 2 mile hike up and back on Sandstone Peak Trail, or a 6.5 mile hike up and back on Backbone Trail.

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Hike Mount Tallac

Lake Tahoe / Mount Tallac Trail

The classic 9½ mile out-and-back day hike to Mount Tallac begins at the trailhead on the southwestern side of Lake Tahoe, between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.

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Hiking the Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve

Los Angeles / Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve

Getting There: The easiest way to get to Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve is by following Crenshaw Boulevard up Rancho Palos Verdes to the very end of the street.

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John Muir Trail: Camping at Shadow Creek

Yosemite / Ediza Lake

The Lake Ediza Junction has several great spots to camp and Shadow Lake is definitely one of the best.

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Explore June Lake

Yosemite / June Lake

June Lake is a hidden gem in the Eastern Sierra, just north of Mammoth Lakes. June Lake is a quaint little lake with spectacular views.

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4-Day Backpack Trip to Thousand Island Lake

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

Start from Agnew Meadows about 7 miles away.

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Climb Mount Ritter

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

Mt Ritter is a long climb, but it is worth the effort. Start out by establishing camp at Ediza Lake prior to your ascent.

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Backpack to Ediza Lake

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

Start at the Agnew Meadows Trailhead. You will need to arrive before 7:30AM or take the Shuttle from Mammoth Mountain. Start out by heading north on the John Muir Trail.

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Backpack Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite / Devil's Postpile Shuttle (Mammoth Mountain)

Unlike most through hikes that require two cars or hitchhiking, you can accomplish this with only one car by using a YART.

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Backpack to Duck Lake

Yosemite / Duck Pass Trailhead

The Duck Pass trail in the John Muir Wilderness combines breathtaking views, wildflowers and plenty of icy mountain lakes for swimming into a trail that is moderate in both difficulty and distance.

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Relax at Laurel Lakes

Yosemite / Laurel Lake

The Laurel Lakes trip, just south of Mammoth Lakes, is a worthwhile day trip that can easily be made into a hiking/camping trip.

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Explore the Hoh Rainforest and Hall Of Mosses

Washington / Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center

Starting at the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center, take the only trail out into the forest itself. After a few hundred yards there will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the Hall Of Mosses.

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