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Matt PurcielExplorer

California native and outdoor enthusiast and who's always in search for the beauty of creation.

I just went out here a couple weeks ago and it was really easy to get to. The road was in good condition and easy for a 2-wheel drive. Well worth the trip! We ended up exploring the other side of the cinder cone and found some really interesting lava formations.

Both of these slot canyon are worth exploring and each have their own characteristics! But we had a little trouble finding Peekaboo and ended up at Spooky first. To do the loop make sure to head left/down right after the trail starts! We ended up following the cairns straight and ended up in a wash farther down the canyon. I would also recommend searching for the GPS coordinates so you don't miss the entrances.

I would agree with the reviews below. This fall is not easy to get too and I wouldn't recommend it for a novice. The last time I hiked here I cut in too early (at the last switchback before heading up the hill) and ended up climbing over three falling logs. I also got some poison oak so make sure to wear long pants. There really isn't a trail to get here so it's pretty much bush waking.

I've been here three times and each time the waterfall is different. It's such a unique waterfall and a great one to photograph. Just make sure to bring a plastic bag because your camera will get wet!

It's an easy loop with amazing plants and animals like yuccas and Joshua trees that gives you a taste of the desert ecosystem. One of my favorite boulders to climb is on the western side in which you can easily climb to the top and get a great view of the surrounding area.

Starts very steep as you leave the main parking lot and head up and over Kaanan. Then a series of up and down sections which are pretty epic to ride. There is fairly good uphill climb but overall worth it.

I discovered this place and will definitely be coming back. It's one of those hidden gems. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes because there's a bit of sharp rocks you have to hike on.

Of course make sure for you have a 4x4 and follow the roads carefully. GPS will help. There are multiple roads to get there which can be a challenge. Also be sure to print out your maps before you go because there isn't cell service out there. You can search online for directions. Depending on the season there is a possibly for deep sand so be aware. But once you get there and see it for yourself you're jaw will be hard to pull off the ground! I can't wait to head back.

Valley view in my opinion is the best viewpoint in the valley. You can photograph this at time of the year. The only problem is it easy to get to and it can get crowded so just keep that in mind when going.

Explorer

10/31/16

This one of the best backpack trips in Yosemite for the scenery. We did this on an extended weekend. The hike is well worth it. Before you get to the top there is a bit of exposure so make sure you know your limits.

This is one of my go to places to get some amazing views and alpine scenery. Just take it easy because you're at 10,000 feet elevation!

Antelope Canyon is truly an amazing place but is quickly becoming a tourist trap. To make your visit enjoyable I would recommend making a reservation. Also I would avoid going during the weekends.

This is one of the best trails in Santa Clarita. This is a good 5 mile loop to bike. I would go early because it can get crowed also make sure to take the loop counter-clockwise. Head towards the back of the canyon. There are some tight uphill switchbacks in which you might have to walk. The downhill is very scenic and worth the climb.

You can continue hiking and find the old set where they filmed the M*A*S*H series. Just take the High Road which is well trafficked, and easy to follow. Watch the signs for the M*A*S*H site. It will add a couple more miles to your hike.

I would agree...if you aren't able to get Wave permits hike Buckskin Gulch instead. It starts from the same trail head. But this is a wilderness experience for sure and make sure you're cautious. We hiked it in winter and it got pretty cold down into the slot so bring plenty of layers. Also be cautious when hiking into the pools. It's very muddy and my friends sank pretty deep into the quicksand! Bring hiking polls to help. Overall you need to add Buckskin Gulch to to your list!

I agree this is prime location for staying the night and very close to Kebler Pass. The lake is picturesque and a great place as well for viewing wildlife.

Eagle Falls can be crowded on the weekends. I would recommend to arrive early in the morning for better parking. If you're going to hike beyond the falls be sure to fill out a wilderness permit along with $5 for parking.

If you want to avoid the crazy crowds down at Santa Monica this is the place to go! I would highly recommend the Malibu Farms restaurant at the end of the Pier for an organic locally sourced meal. Plus you can enjoy the pier, and hopefully a good sunset. Also you can watch the surfers right there catching a set.

By far this is the best trail in Yosemite! If you want to experience the highlights of Yosemite get the permit and hike to the top of Half Dome!

I've also mountain biked portions of the backbone. We rode out from Kanan Dume in both directions. Each trail is unique with lots of ups and downs. But I would agree...the backbone trail is the best way to get a wilderness experience in the Santa Monica mountains!

Vasquez rocks is my go to place for photography or hiking! It's s small version of Joshua tree. My only tip is to pay attention to the park hours. They've been enforcing them lately.

One of the most scenic LA beaches!

If you're tired there's always the helicopter. ;)

Just came back from this adventure! We did it in three days to space it out! What a beautiful series of lakes! My only complaint is we didn't have enough time to explore more. Next time I'd want to hike over Goodale Pass into that lakes region. Oh and bring plenty of bug repellent!