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The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics isn’t a big organization. About the size of a tech startup before it leaves the garage, “The Center” has managed to proliferate a message that drastically belies its size. From its Subaru-clad Traveling Trainers to its ever-broadening phalanx of Master Educators, there’s nothing to knock about this […]
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Thank you to Verizon Wireless for sponsoring this post. Here at Modern Hiker, we’ve always had a relationship with technology that could probably generously described as “It’s Complicated.” We were first attracted to the world of the outdoors as a necessary escape from the world of connected technologies, even as we ventured onto trails to […]
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The Bay Area has a fantastic wildflower bloom in spring, and you can find them in all kinds of places: local parks, grasslands, shady forests, coasts, and mountaintops. Here are a few ideas on where to spot them, when to see them, how to identify them, and ways to learn more about them. When you […]
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Big News: Modern Hiker is going backpacking! Bigger News: You can join us for free! August 12-16 we are headed to Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows for 5 days in the backcountry. We’ve partnered with Wildland Trekking to make this all possible. Trip highlights: Explore arguably the most pristine and majestic region of Yosemite National […]
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A COYOTE ROAMS ON THE SIDE STREETS It’s no secret that to the public at large, Los Angeles has a strong image and reputation, and it generally isn’t a very positive one: traffic choked-freeways, smog-filed skies, paved-over paradises … you get the idea. Thankfully, over the past several years, I’ve noticed something exciting happening in […]
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Superblooms — sometimes it seems like it’s all you’re hearing about these days. And unfortunately, while you’re hearing about the beautiful native wildflower displays and fields of stunning color, you’re probably also hearing about some of the negative side effects of these superbloom crowds: trampled plants, picked flowers, hillsides destroyed by user-created ‘trails.’ And all, […]
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Modern Hiker by Casey Schreiner - 2M ago

Man, California gets one year of mildly above average rainfall and every editor and website operator goes nuts with their Superbloom stories. And look, I get it – a Superbloom is exciting. “Superbloom” is a fun word to say. It’s a snappy little headline that can compete for your attention in our over-connected digital landscape. […]
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I don’t know what it is about waterfalls, but they always make me feel happy. Thankfully, the Bay Area is teeming with waterfalls—horsetail falls, fan waterfalls, multi-tiered waterfalls, cascades, and tide falls—all within day-trip distance of San Francisco. Bay Area waterfalls are dependent on rainfall as opposed to snowmelt. So if you are looking to […]
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Good news for those of us who love parks (and who enjoy hiking somewhere not affected by the ongoing federal shutdown) – 9 new parks have re-opened in the Santa Monica Mountains. All the parks are managed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and were previously closed due to the Woolsey Fire, which tore […]
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Modern Hiker by Casey Schreiner - 5M ago

It’s the New Year, and as we all wipe our collective slates of 2018 and look forward to starting anew, what do we see when we scroll through our social media feeds looking for inspiration for fresh trails and outdoor adventurers? Piles of human waste. Literally. Stories abound from public lands of ever-growing piles of […]
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