Allow Me to Introduce Myself

My name is Phillip, and ever since the first time I stepped foot in our local mountains back in 2005, I knew my life would never be the same.

I remember I was 14 when my buddy and his family invited me for a bike ride on the west fork of the San Gabriel River.

I nearly blacked out that day (literally), but I enjoyed every second of it. Ever since then, all I wanted to do was explore the mountains.

My first actual hike happened shortly thereafter, up to the water tower from Chantry Flats on Black Friday. I had never experienced views from a mountain top, so I wanted to see more.

While most people in my college days spent every weekend living the night life, I was either hiking, mountain biking, or snowboarding.

I didn’t care what I was doing as long as it was in the mountains, and if it included danger and/or adrenaline, I was in.

When I learned the Angeles Forest had over 300 abandoned mines and more secret waterfalls than known ones, I nearly lost my marbles. I was inseparable from my beautiful San Gabriels.

I bought books, scoured through maps, and watched every Youtube video I could find in order help me find many of these forgotten gems. 

Topanga Outlook Trail

Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out!

I began by first exploring the San Gabriel, Monrovia, and Santa Anita Canyons, as they were the closes to my parents house, but pretty soon I began branching out towards the San Bernardino Mountains, especially when I got into downhill biking at the Snow Summit bike park.

When I created the instagram account for this page, I had no intention of expanding the project to the point where I’d have a website and so much time invested.

I simply wanted to share a picture every now and then about some of the places where I enjoy hiking.

However, when I saw how people responded to the account, I couldn’t help but to share more of my passion with others.

Nowadays, I have big goals of one day being able to live off of what I love to do most while also educating, reducing trash and graffiti, and working with other amazing leaders who share the same vision.

I hope one day we cross paths so that we can meet in person, but you can also send me an email at whenever you’d like xD

Stay safe out there and may your life be full of outdoor adventures!


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