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Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California

A full-color road map to section hiking the Southern and Central California portions of the PCT

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Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California is a full-color road map to section hiking the Southern and Central California portions of the PCT, beginning at its southern terminus in Campo and ending 942.5 miles north at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. From the magical cactus gardens of the Mojave Desert to the snowy peaks of the High Sierra, this book covers one of the most biologically and geologically diverse portions of the PCT. I serve as your personal trail guide along the way, offering informative route descriptions, interesting sidebars, and colorful stories that will deepen your experience on this iconic trail, whether you’re headed out for a weekend, a week, or a month

I am a perpetually curious professional word wrangler.

I enjoy writing about natural spaces and the people who are inspired by, connected to, use, impact, and protect them – but sometimes I also like writing about art, culture, travel, food, gear, sustainability, politics, urbanity, rurality, and cats.

(Okay, I haven’t yet written about cats, but I REALLY WANT TO.)

Whatever the topic, I love watching a story evolve, grow, and eventually coalesce with a little bit of passion, elbow grease, and divine intervention from the editorial goddesses. The goal for everything I report and create is to lift voices and connect with others – to inform and inspire in equal measures. And sometimes make people laugh.

Deserts and mountains – those big locations where one can feel very small – are my favorite places to spend time, and I enjoy exploring human-powered travel, cultural and spiritual connections, and environmental issues in these places and beyond.

I was fortunate to spend nearly two years tangled up in an intimate relationship with the Pacific Crest Trail while snapping photographs, recording impressions, and hoofing many miles for my book Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California, which was released via Mountaineers Books in November 2017.

My bylines include Adventure Journal, Afar, Alpinist, Backpacker, The California Sunday Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, KCET, Los Angeles Magazine, Modern Hiker, Outside, REI Co-op Journal, SIERRA, SNEWS, and The Voice.

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