As intros to backpacking go, this might be pushing it. At noon on a brilliant Tuesday in March, my 12-year-old son Kai and I are a mile and a half into a four-day, 27-mile walk through the Grand Canyon — his first backpacking trip — when he asks: “Are we almost to camp?”
Camp, at Hermit Creek, is seven miles and nearly 2,500 vertical feet below, a trek that will take us several more hours. We’re descending the Hermit Trail, a poorly maintained path off the canyon’s South Rim, and have paused on a precipice, across which we can see many of the canyon’s neatly stacked layers: the chalky beiges and browns of the upper Kaibab, Toroweap and Coconino formations, which yield to the pinkish pastels of the Hermit, Supai and Redwall deposits below.
This is on display in cliffs hundreds of feet tall, a stark reminder of how far we have to go — and how quickly we could get there with one misstep.
By hiking at night, nature lovers gain new perspectives while escaping crowds
By Rachael Davies, Published March 10, 2021 • 9 min read
Photographer Rebecca Douglas has always been fascinated by the night sky.
Her love of the stars has taken the U.K. resident on “star walking” trips to Iceland and into the Arctic, where she steps out onto darkened trails to capture twinkling constellations and glowing planets in her images.
By Martha Ostergar, KSL.com Contributor | Posted – Mar. 13, 2021 at 2:49 p.m.
Right Up Our Alley
THE ALLEY — We’ve all seen “single-shot drone shots” in our time on the internet. It doesn’t seem to be that hard when you know how to fly a drone. You just fly over something pretty, do some post effects to make the colors pop, and voila, you’ve got something pretty nice that people love watching.
If you’ve had enough sand and surf, lace up your hiking boots.
San Diego’s surrounding geography lends itself to tons of trips for all skill levels and interests, ranging from rocky rambles along ocean cliffs to lengthy treks up mountains and into biodiverse forests.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Sunset Cliffs, and Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve are just a few of the natural gems that will take your time in San Diego to new heights.
Whether you just want a perfect moment in front of a tidepool or are into backwoods trekking, you don’t have to stray too far from the city for the best hikes in San Diego.