May 7

REI | 52 Hike Challenge | #ForceofNature | San Francisco, CA Tour 2017

We are heading up to San Francisco, CA on May 4 - May 7,  to celebrate #ForceofNature with REI. The best part is that you're all invited!

If you don't know what we're talking about, press play below. 

Join us on all the fun as we speak, attend the #ForceofNature celebrations, and host a pop-up hike too! 

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

52 Hike Challenge: Meet the Founders! at the Berkeley REI - RSVP & GET THE DEETS HERE

Saturday, May 06, 2017 9:00 AM  –  10:30 AM

52 Hike Challenge: Making the Outdoors a Lifestyle Choice at San Francisco REI - RSVP & GET THE DEETS HERE

Saturday, May 06, 2017 1:30 PM  –  3:30 PM

Women's Paddlesports Party China Camp State Park, Marin County: Village Beach - RSVP & GET THE DEETS HERE

Saturday, May 06, 2017 6:30 PM  –  9:00 PM

Force of Nature Celebration, Battery Godfrey: San Francisco, Golden Gate National Rec Area - RSVP & GET THE DEETS HERE

Sunday, May 07, 2017 09:00 AM - 1:30 PM

52 Hike Challenge Intermediate Pop-Up Hike to Alamere Falls - RSVP & GET THE DEETS HERE

This 7.5 mile out and back hike is moderate, with about 600 feet in elevation change. The trail to Alamere Falls, it's a bit tricky, with two scrambles, one easy and one rough. Bring good hiking shoes with traction!

Bring: 10 Essentials, 2-3 liters of water, layers and lunch

From US 101 in Marin County, exit CA 1/Mill Valley/Stinson Beach. Drive on Shoreline Highway to the junction with Almonte, about 1 mile. Turn left on CA 1 and drive about 2.5 miles to the junction with Panoramic. Continue straight on CA 1 about 13 miles to an unsigned junction with Olema-Bolinas Road (just past Bolinas Marsh). Turn left. Drive 0.1 mile to a T intersection with Olema-Bolinas Road, turn left, drive about 1 mile to the junction with Horseshoe Hill Road, and again, turn left. Drive to the next stop sign, then turn right onto Mesa Road. Drive about 4 miles, then continue the last 1 mile on the dirt road to the trailhead at the end of the road. If you have a high-clearance vehicle, take it. The road isn't terrible, but can be washed out and bumpy.

All paticipants must sign our waiver:

We hope to meet you then and please let us know if you have any other questions! - Phillip and Karla

52 Hike Challenge & Resilient Squad Pop-Up Hike to Eagle Rock
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52 Hike Challenge & Resilient Squad Pop-Up Hike to Eagle Rock

Join us and the ResilientSquad for our February #52HikeChallenge2017 Pop-up Hike to Eagle Rock via the world famous PCT trail! We will hike 6.4 miles on the lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Warner Springs. 

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM on 2/25/17


What to Pack: 
- Layers
-10 Essentials - get the list here:
- Camera
- Lunch / Snacks

GPS Location: 33.273619, -116.644766

Directions: Take 67 north to downtown Ramona where it turns into Main Street and then 78 East. Continue on 78 East for approximately 14 miles, then turn left onto 79 North. Follow 78 North for approximately 13 miles to the Cal Fire Warner Springs Fire Station on the right. Park on the side of the road opposite the fire station, where there is a wide gravel shoulder. 

For a write up visit:

We will have patches and stickers (pack of 4) on sale for $5 cash.

All paticipants must sign our waiver:

We look forward to meeting you then! - Karla & Phillip

12:00 am00:00

#OptOutside 2016

Some of you may know that we are hosting #52HikeChallenge pop-up hikes around the US, with the help of REI and some special partners. The time has come to unveil a sample of some of the #OptOutside events we are hosting, and we hope you will join us as we hike together on Black Friday. Please go to to get more details and RSVP to an event near you! The first 25 participants per location will receive a swag bag, lunch, and a great time. Bring your family and friends too!

We look forward to seeing you #OptOutside this Black Friday! - ❤️ Phillip and Karla

Feb 21

52 Hike Challenge to Host Pop-Up Hikes at Arizona National Monuments - Partnering with the National Park Service on its 100th Anniversary

  • Arizona


52 Hike Challenge to Host Pop-Up Hikes at Arizona National Monuments - Partnering with the National Park Service on its 100th Anniversary

The 52 Hike Challenge is partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) for their 100th Anniversary, to showcase and host hikes at Arizona National Monuments in February 2016.

Karla Amador and Phillip Stinis, founders of the 52 Hike Challenge will be visiting Tonto National Monument on Friday, February 19, Chiricahua National Monument on Saturday, February 20, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monuments on Sunday, February 21, please click on the links to RSVP.  This tour is presented by Sawyer Products.

The tour is scheduled to meet with challengers in Arizona, hike, share stories, and also document the beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities available to visitors of the monuments.

 “The National Park Service has 409 units, not all of them are called National Parks,” said, Sue Walter, Chief Interpreter for Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. “However, all of them are great to explore and most of them have great hiking opportunities.”

A big part of the 52 Hike Challenge is getting out and exploring new parks and trails, some of them in their immediate backyards like these national monuments. The 52 Hike Challenge is open to everyone and can be started anytime. To date, over 52,000 photos from enthusiasts taking the challenge have been posted on Instagram under the #52HikeChallenge. In 2015 alone, more than 24 pop-up hikes were held all-over California, Utah and Colorado.

“We’re honored to partner with NPS and National Park Foundation for their Centennial #FindYourPark celebration,” said Stinis. "The pop-up hikes at the destinations we have picked out will give hikers a wonderful experience outdoors, all while seeing the beauty these parks have to offer."  

The pop-up hikes are open to anyone who is interested in hiking, visiting or exploring these National Monuments in Arizona. The hikes will also include a meet-and-greet with park rangers and give-aways hosted by Sawyer Products.

To start your own 52 Hike Challenge anytime, signup and join our communities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

To RSVP for any of these events, please click here.

52 Hike Challenge and Free People #PFLETSMOVE Event + Pop-up Hike!
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52 Hike Challenge and Free People #PFLETSMOVE Event + Pop-up Hike!

  • Griffith Park

We’re starting the New Year off with bang! We have partnered with Free People to a pop-up hike for their  #FPLETSMOVE LAX event and you’re all invited!

Join us on Tuesday, January 26, from 11am-3pm at the iconic Griffith Park for a beginner Pop-up Hike + Yoga + Food + Music & More!

We will be leading a hike to the old zoo, followed by a yoga class led by CorePower Yoga, healthy bites by sweetgreen, fresh juice and acai bowls from SunLife Organics, treats from Bonk Breaker, and music by DJ TESSA

If you can't make it you can still enter to WIN the ultimate New Year wellness package, that includes a beginners hiking kit* & an FP Escapes (Powered by YOGASCAPES) to Sonoma, CA!

*Beginner Hiking Kit includes:
REI Flash 18 Day Pack, REI Traverse Trekking Poles, REI Merino Wool Hiking Socks, Solomon Quest 4D Hiking Boots, Sawyer Mini Water Filter, and a 1-year subscription to AllTrails Pro.

TO RSVP and get the details click here!

Oct 25

October Pop-Up Hikes!

Hey All! We're excited to announce our October Pop-up Hikes!

On Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. we are hiking at Big Horn Mine. This hike is perfect for beginners, adventurers and families with kids. 

We have been eyeing this hike for some time and we want you to join us! Not only that, but we are celebrating Karla's Birthday and Frontier Bites is sponsoring our snacks that day!! We may also be doing a giveaway for a Sawyer water filter! 


Trailhead Coordinates: 34.373302,-117.751983

Trailhead Directions: PLEASE NOTE!! HWY 2 is closed from the West, so the mentioned route is the only way to get to the Trailhead. Take I-15 N to CA-138 W to CA-2 W. Drive for 13.9 miles. Vincent Gap Parking Area will be on your left. Don’t take the trail to Mount Baden Powell on the right. Be sure to follow the fire road to Big Horn Mine on the left. We will meet at the parking area.   

Adventure Pass required for parking
4 miles and 500 feet of elevation
Old mine at the end and optional side hike to Vincent’s Cabin

What to bring: 
Sunscreen, hat, 2 liters of water, snacks, your camera and positivity!

More info:

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On Sunday, October 25th at 7:30 a.m. we're hiking Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon and one of the SoCal Hiker Six-Pack of Peaks! We are also celebrating Karla's birthday and we may have some goodies and giveaways! Stay tuned for details. 


Difficult, 4,300 feet of vertical gain and a top elevation of 8,859
Length: 11.6 miles / 18.7 km
Duration: Full day
Adventure Pass required for parking

This hike is for ADVANCED hikers only. What does that mean? You've hiked 10+ miles with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain in the past 4 weeks. We are also saying this because we may need to use microspikes or Ice Axe/ Crampons...more on this based on the weather conditions, so be sure to check for updates closer to the trip date. 

The trail begins at the popular Icehouse Canyon trailhead about a mile beyond Mt. Baldy Village. Permits are required, but are self-serve and available at the Baldy Village Ranger Station. You can also call ahead to the Baldy Village Ranger Station (909-982-2829) the day before and ask them to post your permits on the bulletin board.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.25018, -117.635997

Trailhead Directions: 
From the 210, take the Mount Baldy exit and travel north. Go through the tiny Mount Baldy Village and take a right at the fork in the road toward Icehouse Canyon (not Mt. Baldy). Follow the road to the parking lot.

What to bring: 
10 Essentials, sunscreen, hat, 3 liters of water + 1 electrolyte, snacks, lunch, camera, layers. 

More info:

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We can't wait to meet you! - Karla and Phillip

Sep 20

September 2016 Pop-Up Hikes

Hello September!

Join us for two hikes this month.  We will have buttons and patches for sale for $5 each- (save on shipping!)  We are pumped to meet you all! - Karla and Phillip

On Saturday September 19th we teaming up with the "Everyones Hikes" group to hit the trails on where we will head off to the Wisdom tree and have a breakfast potluck.

This is an Intermediate hike. Also, Everyone in both groups are going to wear the color green. For details and to RSVP go to:

On Sunday, September 20, we are partnering with TrashFreeLA for a trail clean up and beginner hike at Santiago Oaks Park. 

For details and to RSVP please go to:

8:30 pm20:30

August 2015. 52 Hike Challenge Pop-Up Hikes. August 15 & 16

Hey everyone!! Here are the details for the August #52HikeChallenge Pop-Up Hikes taking place in Southern, CA. If you aren't in the area, we would love to have you host a pop-up hike, message us at and we will publish and promote your hike!!

On Saturday August 15, come out and enjoy a beginner level hike to the Dripping Cave (6 miles round trip) in beautiful Aliso and Wood Canyons in Aliso Viejo, CA. 

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On Sunday August 16, join us for the So Cal Hikers Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge at Mt. San Jacinto, the second tallest peak in Southern California at 10,834 ft. We will be taking the Marion Mountain trail. 

Distance: 11.4 miles
Elevation Gained: 4,689'
Difficulty: Strenuous

*Bonus: Our friend Jeff Hester, creator of SoCalHiker and the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge, has agreed to give (50) 52 Hike Challengers a 20% off coupon for his challenge. He is donating 1/2 the proceeds to Big City Mountaineers and your registration gets you a lot of goodies. If you are registering for his challenge, be sure to use coupon code: 52hikechallenge at…/six-pack-of-peaks-registration/

To RSVP and get all the details of these events go to

We look forward to meeting you - Karla and Phillip


The 52 Hike Challenge, does do not take responsibility for any harm, bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By attending any 52 Hike Challenge hikes, you confirm that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold 52 Hike Challenge, or any group associated, responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear, equipment, nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself!

1:30 pm13:30

52 Hike Challenge Tour Part 1

We have an update on the #52HikeChallenge Tour we previously announced. Unfortunately due to logistics, we were unable to secure our first Tour schedule! Phillip will be out mountaineering in Peru, but Karla will be doing the tour and is hoping to meet, camp, and share stories with you!! Here is the Tour Agenda:

🔸Valley of Fire State Park, NV June 22 - Hike/Camp

🔸Zion, Utah June 23 - Angels Landing Hike/Camp

🔸Zion, June 24 - Narrows Hike, 16 miles

🔸Arches National Park near Moab, Utah June 26 - Hiking Delicate Arch, willing to camp if interested in meeting up.

🔸Glenwood Springs, Colorado, June 27-29 - Hiking Hanging Lake and any other hikes you recommend 

🔸Grand Teton, Wyoming June 30-July 2 Camping / Hikes TBD

🔸Yellowstone, Wyoming July 2 - July 5 Camping / Hikes TBD

🔸Glacier National Park, MT, July 6 - 9 Camping / Hikes TBD

Let us know if you're able to meet, and are interested in camping with/or hosting Karla!