The purpose of this site is to be a repository for our outdoor adventures and things related to it. It is hoped that this site will have useful information for the novice to the hardcore-extreme hiker. Actually, for some site history, this was intended to be the all encompassing hiking site for Southern California, and who knows, it still may actually be. But due to the sheer size of such a site, the fun quickly turned to work; and so I had decided to go another route with this site.
Our Trip Reports and Trail Information sections are intended to bring the hike that we’ve done to you. To bring you the experience so that one day if you choose, you’ll be on the same trail. Although don’t take what we write to heart. Trail, weather, and a host of other conditions are always make for a constantly changing experience.
The Gear Review section is gear that we use. We don’t have the budget or connections of a periodical, so most of the stuff we review is ours and usually bought on the cheap. One day we’ll review high-priced items, but until that day, it’s going to be our low cost, modded equipment.
That about sums it up for now. Hope you enjoy the site and maybe one day we’ll meet on the trail!
Southern California has hiking for just about everyone. There are short trails for the beginning hiker, and long interconnected backbone trails for those seeking multi day treks. The climate ranges from cool on the coast to desert inland. There are waterfalls and desert rock formations in different parts of the region.
The Southern California region ranges from Ventura County through San Diego, and from Los Angeles to San Bernadino counties. There is good There is good hiking in all of these areas, but for now, most of the hikes on the site are located in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Near Los Angles, there is really good hiking in the mountains near Pasadena, and in the Santa Monica mountains.
Visit our Discussion Forum for Southern California Hikes for additional information or queries about hiking in Southern California.
On the hikes page of this site you will find descriptions of individual hikes, including a hike to “The Grotto”, an Underground Cavern and pool near Malibu. You can read about Sycamore Canyon Falls, and visit the Sulphur Spring in Cheeseboro Canyon. In the fall, the foliage in this canyon comes cloas to what you would expect to see in the Northeast U.S. You can also view photos from a hike to Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park.
The site also includes links to the web sites of local hiking and conservation organizations, and pointers to maps of the region.
Southern California offers many short day hikes for exploring and recreation throughout their State Parks. They provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, remarkable scenery and free usage or minimal fees, which make exploring the outdoor environment an enjoyable habit.
Adventure 16 has a reputation as one of the best outdoor outfitters in the United States. Our dedication to providing Customers with the finest products, first hand and accurate information, and plenty of inspiration, has guided us since our origin in 1962.
Adventure 16 began as a goal of some young Explorer Scouts whose leaders were involved in river running in the early 60s. Together, they set out to make 16mm adventure films for a lecture series. In the process, their passion turned to making backpacks. A garage in La Mesa, California became a workshop to develop a revolutionary pack design that allowed much of the pack’s weight to be carried comfortably on the hips. By the late 60’s the hobby had become a business. The entrepreneurial leaders were busy inventing and selling innovative, top-of-the-line products, including the first two-layer dome tent specifically engineered for backpackers needs.
In 1970, Mic Mead, an avid customer and active outdoorsman, bought and incorporated the company. Throughout the 70s, growth and innovation was steady. Mic focused on designing and improving production efficiency. Among other things, he designed the first baffled down parka and pioneered the use of aluminum alloy tent poles for an optimal strength-to-weight combination.
After opening retail outlets and distributing products nationwide, Adventure 16 led the industry in introducing the Lifetime Guarantee on all products bearing its name.
Adventure 16 offers inspiring slide shows and educational clinics at store locations. We now consist of five retail locations, as well as a wholesale division specializing in accessories for backpacking, camping, climbing and adventure travel.
Collectively we still strive to fulfill Adventure 16’s mission:
“With a shared appreciation for the outdoors and in the spirit of continuous improvement, the people of Adventure 16 work together to achieve a harmonious balance among genuine customer loyalty, a meaningful and enjoyable work environment and a financially prosperous company.”
John D Mead,