SoCal Travels

SoCal Travels offers private hiking tours based on the guests’ abilities and interests. Whether you want to explore mountain tops, or take-in breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, identify wildflowers or hike to waterfalls, canyon floors, and even abandoned mines; we have something for everyone.

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On August 25, 1916, the National Park Service was officially created. For 105 years, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers, partners, and you, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with millions of visitors every year. ⁣

Today, the National Park Service comprises 423 park sites covering more than 84 million acres in 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. These parks preserve our nation’s pristine scenery, natural wonders, cultural and historical monuments, places of deep meaning, and moments of great change.⁣⁣

Graphic: Includes text reading "National Public Lands Day. National Park Service". Illustration is a silhouette of a park ranger filled with a collage of park-related images of cultural sites, wildlife, fossils, and more.⁣


@socaltravels says our backpack is Hiking certified ✅ Hit the trails with ORRA this week! ⁠

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I absolutely love the thoughtful design of the backpack for both, on and off trail travel! The fact it’s made from upcycled plastic bottles is the cherry on top!


I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what’s important in life.


Outsider of the Year @jeremyjones, 📸: @andrew_miller //⁠

Professional snowboarders don’t often testify in front of congress. But Jeremy Jones, a big-mountain athlete and the founder of Jones Snowboards, has done so twice now. Through his nonprofit Protect Our Winters, which he founded in 2007, he’s pushed for environmental policies to help mitigate the effects of climate change. In the lead-up to this year’s presidential election, the 45-year-old spoke to thousands of college students and mobilized community leaders to urge non-voters and moderate voters to elect officials who are strong on climate. While the call to “keep politics out of the outdoors” can be a common one these days, Jones argues that taking care of the environment should not be divisive.⁠

Read more about this year’s Outsiders of the Year at the link in @outsidemagazine’s bio and be sure to follow Jones and @protectourwinters to learn how you can be Team Earth.

Photos from SoCal Travels's post 11/24/2020

Don't forget to take a moment, turn around, and see where you've come from.
📷: @ale_2the_hov @howlingwolveshikingclub


From my Mt. Whitney partner in crime... @peakbagger_outdoors
📍Mount russ East ridge


“My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.” 🌎
- Michelangelo
📷: @bleedingumz.3y3 12/03/2019

Angeles Crest: The Creation of L.A.’s Highway Into the Heavens

Today, a motorist can traverse 66 miles of some of the most difficult terrain in the U.S. in under two hours, through country that once provoked complaints from no less a mountaineer than John Muir. “In the mountains of San Gabriel,” Muir wrote, “Mother Nature is most ruggedly, thornily savage.” And yet the Angeles Crest Highway soars through those same mountains almost effortlessly. Built between 1929 and 1956, the Angeles Crest Highway forever changed the once-remote mountain backcountry it traverses. 08/27/2019

The Mojave Desert's donkeys are turning up dead with bullet wounds. Officials are offering $18,000 to find who's responsible

Under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, burros are protected as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West." As such, they can't be killed, harassed, captured or branded in 10 Western states controlled by the Department of the Interior or the US Forest Service. The dependable donkey was a popular pack animal during the Gold Rush. 08/27/2019

The L.A. Taco Guide to the 20 Best Al Pastor and Adobada Tacos in Los Angeles, Mapped ~ L.A. TACO

What is your favorite taco spot? Our comprehensive guide features the best al pastor and adobada tacos in all corners of Los Angeles, vetted by us. Taco crawl, anyone?


Lost Spirits Distillery

The NEW 2019 Lost Spirits tour gets it's first formal review!!!

There is nothing that compares to seeing all the smiling faces come through, except maybe reading it in print!!! It puts the thousands of hours it took to make this happen into perspective.

Thanks you so much Forbes and Steve Baltin.


Modern Hiker

"I recall feeling miffed when, as a young Forest Service employee in the 1970s, NEPA required me to document why we did things such as cut down trees. Over time, I came to learn that many concerned citizens knew a lot more than I did. They also owned the public land where I worked on their behalf."

"Buried deep within 16 pages of legalese are some nasty surprises: a nearly unlimited license to commercially log nearly seven square miles — about 3,000 football fields — or build five miles of logging roads at a time without involving the public or disclosing environmental consequences." 08/11/2019

'It makes me angry': is this the end for America's Joshua trees?

“Even with major efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, 80% of the trees’ habitat will be whittled away by the end of the century.” Even with major efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, 80% of the trees’ habitat will be whittled away by the end of the century 08/09/2019

Mountain Lion Crosses 405 Freeway - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)

The National Park Service has documented a rare case of a mountain lion crossing the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass area. The male mountain lion known as P-61 made his way east of the massive freeway sometime between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on the morning of July 19th. 07/31/2019

Wildlife Groups Seek Endangered Status For California Mountain Lions

Mountains lions in Los Angeles and Southern California may get special protections as endangered species (or subspecies) in California, under a new petition filed to CDFW. These "iconic wild cats" could soon be gone, warn advocates.



FRIGHTENING: Sheryl Powell's family says the 60-year-old camper was looking for a place to use the restroom when a knife-wielding man chased her down a hill. After fleeing her attacker, she found a water source, ate cactus to survive and traveled at night to avoid dehydration, her family said. 07/15/2019

Lawsuit Settled Between National Park Service, DNC Parks and Resorts, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC Over Trademarks and Service Marks - Office of Communications (U.S. National Park Service)

The National Park Service looks forward to the restoration of some of the previous names of the properties at Yosemite, including the Ahwahnee hotel, and the resumed use of other trademarks in connection with concessioner activities at Yosemite. Any changes to the current names of properties at Yosemite National Park following this settlement will be based upon a schedule to be determined by Aramark and the National Park Service. WASHINGTON - DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (Delaware North), the United States of America, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (Aramark) have settled the lawsuit filed by Delaware North related to Delaware North’s former concession contract at Yosemite with the National Park Service. The settl...


Another amazing design from my homies over at TRVRS Apparel!

One step at a time. ⛅️ 🌵 ☁️ @ Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness 06/30/2019

Hiker missing for a week in California mountains found alive

They found Mr. Jo alive after 6 days being lost in the San Gabriels! LA CRESCENTA, Calif. (AP) — A hiker who was missing in the mountains north of Los Angeles for a week was found Saturday and has apparently survived in the wilderness by drinking water from a...



GOLDEN DISCOVERY: For the first time in decades, a nest and pair of golden eagle chicks have been found in the Santa Monica Mountains. 06/25/2019

Mapped: The optimal road trip to see all the US national parks

Who's down for a road trip?! Summer plans?


Modern Hiker


Andrew Skurka

I'm struggling to understand this trend, Due to the permit lottery, popularity, or ignorance?


Zion National Park

Park biologists have determined the location of a California condor nest in Zion! The nest is on Minotaur Tower which is on the cliff face north of Angels Landing. Biologists recorded this video of a nest exchange, where one condor switches sitting on the egg with the other condor.

We estimate that the egg was laid in mid-March, which makes the hatch date around early May if all goes well. The mother is condor 409 (wing tag 9) and the father is condor 523 (wing tag J3). 409 and 523 are the breeding pair that are often spotted in Zion. They have been together for two years but have not produced a chick together yet.

409 used to have another mate (condor 337), who died in June 2016 from lead poisoning, right in the middle of nesting on Bridge Mountain. Their chick (condor 848) disappeared in September 2016, prior to leaving the nest. They also had a chick in 2014 who died before fledging. Zion has yet to successfully produce a condor chick.

If you are a rock climber, the Angels Landing cliff face is closed to rock climbing. Sheer Lunacy is the first climbing route open on the north end of closure. The hiking trail to Angels Landing in not affected. Read more about climbing closures on our website:

Thanks to our partners at The Peregrine Fund and Condor Cliffs who replaced the broken transmitter on condor 523. This allowed us to find the nest and keep better track of the condors in Zion. 05/15/2019

Nepal Mountaineer, 49, Conquers Mount Everest For Record 23rd Time

AMAZING! Nepal's mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa has become the first person to reach the Mouth Everest's summit for the most number of times with his 23rd time conquest on Tuesday of the highest peak on Earth. 05/14/2019

How California Is Fixing Angeles Crest Highway After Its Worst Landslide in Decades The iconic road is still closed three months after its biggest landslide in decades. What's taking so long? Everything.


Day 1 acclimation hike to Helen Lake. Elevation 10,400ft.


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Follow our progress as we summit Mount Shasta! 🏔 05/07/2019

How Chinese Restaurants Shaped Tiki Culture In LA

Tiki-inspired restaurants and watering holes, like the Trader Vic's chain, began popping up all over the Southland in the 1930s and '40s. Here, in a paper-thin egg roll wrapper, is the tension at the heart of culture, cuisine and commerce in the U.S. 05/04/2019

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Mount Lowe Preservation Society

An early postcard entitled “On the Way to Rubio Canyon, Pasadena in the Distance” with hand-colored graphics depicting an open streetcar (no. 3) and a full complement of passengers bound for the Mount Lowe Railway. The hand-written note reads “Had a fine trip up but it is as cold as charity.”


Mount Lowe Preservation Society

Echo Mountain as viewed from the Castle Canyon Trail in 1899, captured by Detroit Publishing photographer William Henry Jackson. This hand tinted image was taken just before the famed Echo Mountain House hotel burned to the ground in January 1900. From the left, the Chalet, the smaller of the two hotels, is seen by the grand Echo Mountain House. Just behind Echo Mountain House, out of sight, is the winding station at the top of the incline. Next is the barely perceptible roof of the zoo, or menagerie as they once called it, where local animals were kept for the public to view. Included in the zoo were civit cats, foxes, eagles, raccoon, coyote, snakes and even bear at times in a special pit enclosure. Next is the dance hall, the maintenance and repair shop, and finally the Mount Lowe Observatory on the right. This unmounted souvenir print is 9″ by 7″ and became a postcard image for sale to tourists. 04/25/2019

Homeless Man Attacked By Bear In Chantry Flats Runs For Help In Sierra Madre Neighborhood A quiet Sierra Madre neighborhood is still reeling Wednesday after a man was attacked by a bear in a nearby campground. 04/23/2019

Good Samaritan Tackles Suspect Allegedly Lighting Brush Fires Along Sepulveda Boulevard

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” - Mr. Rogers A suspected arsonist accused of setting a series of fires in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center was taken into custody on Monday after a Good Samaritan said he saw the man lighting the fires and stepped in. That Good Samaritan sprang into action and tackled the man. The suspect was arrested af... 04/23/2019

Charlie the record-breaking Long Beach sea otter dies at 22

:( Charlie, a Long Beach sea otter who lived 22 years and broke a record for longevity, has died, the Aquarium of the Pacific announced.

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Day 1 acclimation hike to Helen Lake. Elevation 10,400ft. #MtShasta
Above the clouds on an unnamed peak. 🌥⛰ #SoCalTravels
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A wind-driven fire has burned between 8,000 and 10,000 acres in the Newbury Park area as pf 3:30 p.m. The blaze prompted...
Stay thirsty, my friends. 💦 #WaterfallWednesday #SoCalTravels
Timelapse of the Space X Falcon 9 taking off above LA! 🚀 10/6/18 #SoCalTravels.📹: @emerictimelapse
At least he/she gave me a warning. 🐍 #SoCalTravels📹: @big_o_keith
When your hiking crew is on point. 👌🏼🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️ #SoCalTravels.Tag your crew below.👇
Guest Cameron Abdo aka @socaltravels decided to hike a 14,500 ft mountain. No easy task, particularly while battling ice...
Mountaineer’s Route with a descent using skis. 🎿🕺🏻 #SoCalTravels📹: @bran_daid
Life is like a waterfall, it is always moving and there is always an uneven flow. #WaterfallWednesday📹: @adventurer661#S...



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