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Welcome to Dan's Hiking Pages:
Hikes in the San Gabriels and Beyond!

Spring icon It's spring!
Spring is my favorite season to hike in Southern California. The rains have greened up the mountainsides, plants are coming to life, flowers are blooming, streams are flowing, temperatures are moderate, daylight increases, and there can be some wonderfully clear days.

icon And it's waterfall season! With low rainfall this year, the waterfalls might not be flowing for long, so hike to a waterfall soon.
Visit my Waterfalls in the San Gabriels to plan your hike.

winter iconSeasons of the San Gabriels
Minding the seasons is an important practice for safely and enjoyably hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains. Read more here.

Dan Simpson
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My name is Dan Simpson. I love to hike and to help others enjoy the sport! Since I live in Azusa, California, at the mouth of the San Gabriel Canyon, the San Gabriel Mountains / Angeles National Forest is my primary hiking venue. For more than a decade, it's been my pleasure to help thousands of hikers venture into the San Gabriels and beyond.

The heart of this website are write-ups for more than 80 hikes, mostly in the San Gabriel Mountains, but some also in Griffith Park, the Verdugo Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park, and Oahu, Hawaii. I also present a guide to waterfalls. I endeavor to provide clarity, accuracy, and completeness in order to give hikers the confidence that they can use my descriptions to hike safely, enjoyably, and successfully. My hiking blog primarily offers narratives of my various hikes while providing links back to the hike descriptions. My hiking Facebook community page provides a space to interact with other hikers and outdoor lovers and to get notifications on updates to my hiking website and blog, as well as events, news, forest closures, volunteer opportunities, and more.

I have greatly valued meeting many hikers, both via email and on the trail, who have expressed appreciation for Dan's Hiking Pages. I am gratified that I can help others to be enriched by venturing into the great outdoors and soaking in its beauty. Happy hiking!

TRAIL CLOSURE: The Colby Fire, which began on January 16 and incinerated the mountainsides above Glendora and Azusa has caused the closure of Colby Trail and Garcia Trail until further notice. I will post updates as they become available. See my Colby Fire blog post.

Books - There are several good guide books for hiking in Southern California. Read my reviews.

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Station Fire Closure Lifted (5-20-14)

Missing firefighter died instantly in a cliff-side fall (7-1-14)

Permanent access to Fish Canyon Falls provided (6-18-14)

Student Dies After Jumping Into Pool at Hermit Falls (11-12-13)

Williams Fire 2012 burns 4,192 acres (9-7-12)

One hiker killed, two safe in Eaton Canyon (8-9-12)

Pasadena man dies in weekend filled with mountain rescues (1-23-12)

Farewell to hiking author Jerry Schad (9-25-11)

Body found in ANF may be that of missing hiker (4-4-11)

On the road again - Route 39, Crystal Lake access reopens (4-2-11)

Take precautions when hiking in winter (12-18-10)

Volunteer Now! Volunteer group restoring trails damaged by Station and Morris fires (9-4-10)

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