Hike 29/52: Evening around our local park

Date: August 4th Neighborhood: Lake Balboa Difficulty: 1 out of 5 Weather: Cool Distance: 1.3 miles (loop) To our dear puppies, Teddy and Koda, It's been a while since we've taken you out on a walk. Last time we were outside you were on the bike stroller and I did the pedaling. I am sorry we have not gone… Continue reading Hike 29/52: Evening around our local park

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Hike 27/52: Biking along the beach

Date: July 15th Neighborhood: Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice Beach Difficulty: 2 out of 5 (on a bike) Weather: Cool, breezy Distance: 13.5 miles (out and back) Saturday morning was a perfect morning to go on a bike ride along the beach. We started biking at 8 AM with friends to find the beaches were mostly empty. I barely recognized these… Continue reading Hike 27/52: Biking along the beach

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Hike 26/52: A Cove in your Backyard

Date: July 2nd Neighborhood: Lake Nacimento Difficulty: 5 out of 5 (on a bike) Weather: Hot Distance: 2 miles (out and back) This was a tough bike ride. We found a path behind the lake house and decided to go as far as we can and discovered another way to get to the lake. What made the ride tough was… Continue reading Hike 26/52: A Cove in your Backyard


Hike 25/52 – Exploring around the Lake House

Date: July 1st Neighborhood: Lake Nacimento Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Hot Distance: 1 miles (out and back) During the 4th of July weekend, we stayed at our friend's parent's lake house in Paso Robles. It's nice...and it's in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone reception unless you have an extender. I decided to spend the afternoon to… Continue reading Hike 25/52 – Exploring around the Lake House

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Hike 24/52: To North Hollywood via the Tujunga Wash

Date: June 24th Neighborhood: Panorama City, Van Nuys, Valley Glen,  North Hollywood Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Sunny, breezy Distance: 11.3 miles (I am only counting bike miles here) Saturday morning was the day I decided to bike my morning barre class (8.2 miles). For a while, I've been meaning to bike for my weekend errands. Hopefully this challenge will… Continue reading Hike 24/52: To North Hollywood via the Tujunga Wash


Hike 23/52 Porter Ranch Trails #3

Date: June 11th Neighborhood: Porter Ranch Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Cloudy, breezy, overall perfect June gloom weather Distance: 2.2 miles   This is my third time hiking at Porter Ranch Trails (Limekiln Canyon trails). I was craving to go outside because it's been a while since I've done any hiking. Yes, there was the biking around Portland, but… Continue reading Hike 23/52 Porter Ranch Trails #3

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Hike 22/52 Biking Portland

Date: May 30th Neighborhood: All over Portland Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Misty Distance: About 12 miles For a few dollars, you can rent a bike for a day to explore Portland. You can bike a few miles to get to the next neighborhood, drop it off at the nearest bike share pod, borrow again when you choose,… Continue reading Hike 22/52 Biking Portland


Hike 21/52 Vital Link Trail

Date: April 23rd Neighborhood: Burbank Difficulty: 3 out of 5 (it's that incline!) Weather: Sunny, hot Distance: 4.13 miles (out and back) Address: 1701 Wildwood Canyon Dr Burbank, CA 91501 First of all, the views from Stough Canyon are beautiful! And second of all, I would like credit my Pure Barre classes for handling that incline. I kept hearing how much… Continue reading Hike 21/52 Vital Link Trail


Hike 20/52 Stough Canyon

Abandoned children's camp at the top of Stough Canyon Date: April 10th Neighborhood: Burbank Difficulty: 1 out of 5 Weather: Sunny, warm Distance: 1.82 miles (out and back) Address: 2300 E Walnut Ave, Burbank, CA 91504 This was a quick hike to get to the abandoned children's camp. There are a lot of opportunities to extend the hike for more… Continue reading Hike 20/52 Stough Canyon


Hike 19/52 Mt. Lukens

Date: April 1st Neighborhood: La Crescenta Difficulty: 5 out of 5 Weather: Sunny, warm Distance: 14.57 miles (loop) Address: 3429 Markridge Rd, Glendale, CA 91214 Teddy and I are on the top of the world! Teddy was a real BAMF doing this trail with me. Mt. Lukens is the highest point within the Los Angeles city limits (5074 ft /… Continue reading Hike 19/52 Mt. Lukens

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Hike 17/52 Mandeville Canyon Trail

Date: March 25th Neighborhood: Brentwood Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Cool and cloudy Distance: 7.0 miles (out and back) Address: 2652 Westridge Rd Los Angeles, CA 90049 When I first arrived to the trailhead, I thought this neighborhood looks familiar. When I was on the trail, it became even more familiar with the two options to either take the fire… Continue reading Hike 17/52 Mandeville Canyon Trail

Temescal Canyon Loop Pacific Palisades

Hike 17/52 Temescal Canyon Loop

Date: March 25th Neighborhood: Pacific Palisades Difficulty: 3 Weather: Cool and Sunny Distance: 5.16 miles (loop) Address: 15900 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 I am determined to write all 21 hikes this month.  It looks like I am well on my way. Temescal Canyon looks similar to Parker Mesa Overlook -- it's also located in Pacific Palisades and part of… Continue reading Hike 17/52 Temescal Canyon Loop