Feral Cattle, Pit Bulls Run Wild at Sand to Snow National Monument

“It’s Jurassic Park,” says one local of the California preserve’s animal problem. Don’t worry–these kids at Sand to Snow National Monument are running out out joy, not to escape feral cattle. Hikers at Sand to Snow National Monument have to worry about more than the usual blisters: A large herd of feral cattle is roaming the area,…

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Fire Recovery Walk: Arrowhead Mountain

Tues, 3/13, 9:30 am-12:30 pm Group: Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District When: Tuesday, March 13, 9:30 am-12:30 pm Where: Scribe Winery, Sonoma, CA Cost: Free (registration required) Details: Join Sonoma Ecology Center staff to see the land rebound on Arrowhead Mountain, which burned in the October wildfires. We will look at the…

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Class: Wilderness First Aid with NOLS & REI

Sat, 3/10, 8 am-Sun, 3/11, 5 pm Group: NOLS & REI When: Saturday March 10, 8 am-Sunday, March 11, 5 pm Where: Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Ojai, CA Cost: $235 members/$265 non-members (registration required) Details: Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, “What do I do now?”…

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Hike: Griffith Observatory

Thurs, 3/15, 6:30-9:30 pm Group: Griffith Observatory Hiking Group When: Thursday, March 15, 6:30-9:30 pm Where: Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA Cost: Free Details: This hike is going to differ from past events as we’re going to go to Griffith Observatory from our usual spot, parking lot #2 of the Merry-Go-Round in the Griffith Park. The…

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Chasing Light: Stories from a Wilderness Photographer

Thurs, 3/1, 5-7 pm Group: Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association When: Thursday, March 1, 5-7 pm Where: Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, Mammoth Lakes, CA Cost: $10 (tickets required) Details: Joshua Cripps started making remarkable photos while he was still in the womb. His first significant image, titled Sonogram, was praised for its graininess, deliberate blurring of details,…

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Sunset Meditation Hike to Skull Rock

Sat, 2/24, 3:30-6:30 pm Group: Zen & Now When: Saturday, February 24, 3:30-6:30 pm Where: Temescal Canyon Park, Los Angeles, CA Cost: $20-$30 (registration required) Details: The Zen&Now Sunset Hiking Meditation to Skull Rock in Temescal Canyon (near Pacific Palisades) is a unique transformational event that combines hiking, nature, music and guided meditation in a group setting. It…

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Protest against Offshore Drilling

Thurs, 2/8, 1:30-4:30 pm Group: Sierra Club When: Thursday, February 8, 1:30 to 4:30 pm Where: California state capitol, Sacramento, CA Cost: Free Details: Trump recently announced his disastrous plan to hand over all of America’s oceans – including the Pacific – to oil companies so they can expand offshore drilling off the California coast…

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San Francisco’s Top 10 Dayhikes

The best local trails, as selected by BACKPACKER Local scouts Paulina Dao and Daniel Markey In the Bay Area, easy-access trails treat hikers to spectacular coastal walks, big-view summits, primeval redwood forests, and cascading waterfalls–all within a couple of hours of town, often less. So, with so many standout options nearby, you know these local…

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