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April 24, 1991 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN
Although freeway-close to urban areas, Southern California's mountain ranges are nonetheless rugged; even experienced hikers must use caution. The U.S. Forest Service and other state and local agencies with jurisdiction over these areas are often unable to maintain trails and in many cases depend on local volunteers. This means that, especially after the March rains, some trails are eroded or partly blocked by rocks or debris. Here are some hints for safe hiking: * Watch where you are going.
January 8, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
With the fire season declared over, areas north and west of Brea Canyon, Tonner Canyon and Carbon Canyon have been reopened for hikers and nature lovers. Brea's acting fire chief, Bill Simpkins, said those areas had been closed since last May 28 to reduce the danger of fires in that part of the county. The areas were reopened Monday, Moody said.
May 10, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE
Wilderness experts offer one critical bit of advice for people heading into the mountains, forests or deserts: Use common sense. "Develop some wilderness savvy or outdoor savvy, and make sure you utilize it," said Judy Behrens, public affairs officer for the Cleveland National Forest in Corona. Common sense includes some basic planning: * Know where you're going. Use maps to plan your itinerary. * Tell someone where you're going and when to expect you back.
April 4, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
Wildlife biologist Kevin Ryan stood on the edge of a rocky ridge in the heart of untamed Santa Catalina Island on Friday, inhaled deeply and admired a vista rimmed in cobalt blue that has changed little in thousands of years. Fog drifted off green hills bristling with cholla cactus and spiced with the scent of sage. The loudest sounds were the songs of meadowlarks. About 600 feet below, the ocean crashed on the boulder-strewn base of steep mountains riven by wind and water.
May 19, 1997
Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 67-year-old man who went hiking early Sunday morning in the Verdugo Mountains. Byung Suk Kim told family members at 6 a.m. that he was going to go through Brand Park and then over a mountain to the La Crescenta area to another family member's home, according to Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department. "There are trails that take you over the top," Lorenz said. "There are a lot of roads and a lot of trails that aren't marked."
October 2, 2005 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
AUTUMN is a wonderful time to explore the nation's parks, and hiking is one of the least expensive, healthiest and most rewarding ways to do so. Many state and national parks, forests and seashores have well-marked trails. Even if you're not in top physical condition, you'll probably be able to find a level, easy trail or one that has access for disabled travelers. Here are my choices for the top autumn hikes in America. Point Reyes National Seashore, Northern California.
May 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Arizona authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death last week of a 15-year-old Northern California girl who collapsed during a desert hike overseen by a youth motivation group. Michelle Sutton of Pleasanton had gone on the hike as a way to distance herself from alcohol and drug use, friends said. She died Wednesday after she grew dizzy and collapsed in a remote area north of the Grand Canyon while hiking with four other youths and two adult counselors.
April 7, 1992 | AARON CURTISS
In addition to monthly historical walks, the Friends of Soka University will offer environmental hikes in the mountains surrounding the Calabasas campus. Led by Juliana Gensley, the hourlong hikes will focus on wildlife and plants commonly found in the chaparral around the university. Gensley, a docent at Topanga and Malibu Creek state parks, has been a naturalist for the Sierra Club.
July 22, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A boy was rescued from Modjeska Canyon after being injured during a group hike Sunday, authorities said. The unidentified youth was on a hike sponsored by the Orangewood Children's Center when he was hit in the head by falling rock near the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary at the end of Modjeska Canyon Road, according to Capt. Stephen Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority. He was airlifted to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was being treated for moderate injuries.
December 28, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
It's a 3-mile hike to the crest of Hicks Canyon. However, once you arrive at the top, thoughts of aching feet are likely to ease as you behold some of the most sweeping vistas in the county. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, and on a clear day Catalina Island is visible. In the foreground are the red tile roofs of Irvine's Westpark village and the giant blimp hangars at the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station.
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