17 steady miles (plus a short final scramble) to and from a solitary summit.
The longer, steeper, less-frequented way up Baldy.
Disappointing slog round the east side of Mount Wilson.
A deserted trail through a secluded valley, with open tracks at either end.
5-mile track loop with Altadena views.
Gorgeous wild camping spot in a north-facing clearing with desert views.
Rugged summit and ridge route with Mojave views, plus valley walking with streams for the second half.
A gentle 9-mile there-and-back ramble along the PCT with northerly views.
Glorious long PCT ridge route through the High Country to “North Baldy”, the range’s second highest peak.
Short simple seaside hike to an accessible summit.
A tedious tiring scratchy slog up to the highest point within LA city limits — a peak much better approached from the south.
A short, fun, varied little trek from Red Box.
A dramatic route up to the highest peak in the San Gabriels.
A short and sweet hike through the Middle High Country, mostly easy with a fierce final climb to the splendid views from the summit.
A desert ramble on the southern edge of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, culminating in fantastical sandstone wind caves.
Fire road and firebreaks for a Baldy Bowl peak.
Up the East Fork of the San Gabriel River to a gold rush folly.
An easy PCT and fire road loop with westerly, northerly, and southerly views.
Valley and desert views and a secluded ridge.
Two high peaks with very little serious climbing.
A genuine ridge walk, with lots of short-and-steep up and downs, and sweeping views on all sides across the north-west corner of the San Gabriels.
Short, sweet, and quickly accessible from Pasadena.
A mixture of desert and alpine terrain on the north side of the San Gabriels.
Beautiful Big Sur loop with big seaside views.
Proper mountain-climbing up the ‘fun peak’ of the San Gabriels
Steady fire road with sea views.
A short fire road stroll in bleak burnt backcountry.
A nice route up through Griffith Park to the summit of Mount Lee, aka where the sign lives.
A short and simple peak hike near Santa Barbara, complete with stunning sea views and disgusting hot springs.
The pleasant way up Lukens, from Tujunga, on a mixture of fire road and trail.
A few easy-to-moderate options around Mount Lowe.
Sweeping north and south views from the San Gabriel Crest, with detours for two peaks.
A fun four peaks from Eaton Saddle.
An easy introduction to the Verdugo micro-range, on looping service roads with two peaks and LA/Burbank views.
Simple 8-miler through the spectacular Wonderland of Rock.
A smattering of history close to home.
9-mile loop through forest and along a stunning long ridge with city views.
Varied circular route to a peak right on the edge of the city.
A Burbank loop: tough on the way up, gentle thereafter.
Easy there-and-back walk through a varied desert landscape to a hidden palm oasis.
The direct route up to the second highest peak in the San Gabriels.
A short sweet south-facing fire road for LA views.