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Abnormalities Linked to Inbreeding

News Release Date: September 9, 2020 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.— A young male mountain lion with physical abnormalities – a kinked tail where the end is shaped like the letter “L” and only one descended testicle -- has been discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains, biologists with the National Park Service say.  This critical discovery represents the [...]

Full Corn Moon Hike Report

🌕 Full Corn Moon Hike and Party 🍺🍹 Time: September 1 @ 6:30 pm – September 1 @ 9:30 pm A loopy hike starting on the El Escorpion Trail and to a peak in Upper Las Virgenes Open Space near Ahmanson Ranch Map loading, please wait ...

Wet and Wild(wood)

A cool hike on hot day along the Arroyo Conejo with Margaritas and a picnic lunch

Santa Maria Canyon

Santa Maria Canyon – Summerhill Ranch Loop

Easy Full Moon Hike – Santa Maria Canyon – Summer Hill Ranch Loop Time: August 15, 2019 @ 6:45 pm – August 15, 2019 @ 9:45 pm We enjoyed a great “lollipop” outing in the northeastern corner of Topanga State Park starting at the Viewridge Trailhead for Santa Maria Canyon. We connected up with The [...]

Secret Staircases of Rustic Canyon

Secret Staircases of Rustic Canyon + Murphy Ranch Time: August 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am – August 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm A hidden staircase, the longest public staircase in Los Angeles, drops 24 stories into the middle of lush Rustic Canyon.   There are actually two staircases with over 500 steps -- each! We'll [...]

Journey to the Center of the City – Franklin Canyon

Journey to the Center of the City – Franklin Canyon This HDW original is a classic. On this 6-7 mile hike I will take you through Franklin Canyon and then a bit off-trail to the “planar” center of Los Angeles. It will make a great photo opp. There will be about 1200 ft of total [...]

Hot-Weather Hiking Tips

Sunny days are perfect for lacing up your boots and heading out in search of an alpine lake, a mountain summit or a dramatic slot canyon. But, along with the sun can come intense heat, and if you don’t manage the combination of the two properly, your fun day can turn into a painful and […]