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Seth Smigelski
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Seth Smigelski is the creator of hikespeak.com, a website for those who like to get outdoors and go online. Seth has documented hundreds trails for hikespeak.com, serving up rich descriptions, photos, and interactive maps. He is also a freelance writer for several other online publications. Seth graduated from Ithaca College in 2004 with minor in writing and a degree in film and photography. He has spent the last several years living in Los Angeles, discovering the best places to escape to outside the city.

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5 Hikes To Ruins In Los Angeles (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Summits and scenic overlooks are reliable standbys for hikers, but you can have a bit more fun hiking to abandoned ruins in Los Angeles County. These dilapidated destinations, often put to ruin by wildfires, provide a window into L.A.'s past. You'll feel like a backyard archaeologist as you explore old...

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5 Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 11:32 AM

During the winter months, the California desert becomes a cooler place to visit (literally), making it an ideal time to take a trip to Joshua Tree National Park. The roughly two and a half hour drive from Los Angeles positions Joshua Tree as the...

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5 Hikes in Malibu Creek State Park (PHOTOS)

(10) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:16 PM

Malibu might be known for its beaches, but you should trade your wet suit for hiking boots to enjoy Malibu Creek State Park. The park protects over 7,000 acres of craggy rocks, oak woodlands, and grassy hillsides in the heart of the Santa Monica...

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Controversy Gears Up After Trails Accidentally Open to Mountain Bikers

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 12:52 PM

Trail use is usually split into three groups, hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian. Some trails don't allow horses, some don't allow mountain bikers, and hikers usually have free rein. When trails aren't multi-use (open to all three parties), restrictions on trail traffic are sometimes debated or disobeyed. When trail access...

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PHOTOS: 5 Amazing Ocean View Hikes

(28) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 2:30 PM

How do you feel when you see the ocean -- relaxed, right? Whenever life in Los Angeles gets too hectic, it's comforting to know the Pacific is just a quick escape away. A look at the ocean named for its calm is guaranteed to pacify, especially when that perspective comes...

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5 Hiking Trails for Dogs in Los Angeles (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 5:00 PM

If you hike with a dog in L.A., you are probably wondering where else you can take your pooch besides Runyon Canyon Park. There are a few general rules for locating dog-approved trails around L.A. If it's national, like Angeles National Forest or Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation...

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