World of Waterfalls Blog

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Most recent blog posts (reverse chronological order):

Gaia GPS Review – The Killer App For The Great Outdoors?

Can this app turn our iPhone into a handheld GPS device and do the job better than those dedicated GPS units? We find out in the Gaia GPS Review.

What Is The Best GPS For Hiking? Handheld, Phone, Or Watch?

What is the best GPS for hiking? I found it can be overwhelming to make a choice. So I dug deep to look at what I like and don’t like about each type of GPS

The Portable Auto GPS Navigation System: Why We Still Use It

The Portable Auto GPS Navigation System may get killed by smartphones combined with mapping and routing apps, but we still use our device, and here’s why…

Waterfall Photography Tips & Techniques: An In-Depth Guide

Save yourself from mistakes we’ve made on our adventures by using the tips and techniques that we’re sharing in this in-depth waterfall photography guide.

Do Trekking Poles (Hiking Sticks) Really Help?

Do trekking poles or hiking sticks really help? We have a love-hate relationship with them because they’re both beneficial and a nuisance. And here’s why.

Vasque St Elias GTX Hiking Boot Review: A Truly Waterproof Boot?

I have been wearing the Vasque St Elias GTX Waterproof Hiking Boot for several years. In this review, I will detail what I like and don’t like about it.

What Are The Best Shoes For Hiking In Water (To Waterfalls)?

Chasing waterfalls means we often have to hike in water. So what’s the best footwear for these conditions? Should we hike in waterproof boots or water shoes?

“Grounded in Summer” (Bonita Falls – June 12, 2020)

It was unnerving to see this many people out here on a Friday, and I’d bet that on the weekends, it would be even worse. Maybe lots of people were already out of school…

“Social Clustering” (Millard Falls – June 9, 2020)

In my mind, I was thinking that all the caution that we were practicing was essentially getting thrown to the wind the moment you start involving people who don’t take this seriously…

“COVID Mixed Signals” (San Antonio Falls – May 8, 2020)

Regardless, by the time we were driving on Mt Baldy Road, we were seeing on multiple occasions flashing signs saying ‘All Baldy Trails Closed’ and ‘Parked Vehicles Will Be Towed Away’…

“Forbidden Social Distancing” (Rubio Canyon Falls – April 14, 2020)

Julie was fearful that they might get reported to police so they stayed behind, but now that planted in my mind that perhaps there was a time limit for my exploration before the cops would show up…

Rubio Canyon Falls

Rubio Canyon Falls is a series of seasonal waterfalls with a bit of a checkered past nestled within a steep canyon in the foothills of the San Gabriels.

“Cabin Fever” (Dana Point Waterfall – April 10, 2020)

Still, with all the mental stress from being stuck in the house and the uncertainty for how long COVID-19 was going to last in America, we were definitely getting cabin fever. Spring was usually…

Napa and Sonoma Plant Paradox Weekend Itinerary – February 21, 2020 to February 23, 2020

This Napa Valley and Sonoma 3-day weekend itinerary mixed waterfalls with the typical food and wine self-guided tour on a brief road trip from Los Angeles…

Bear Gulch Cave Falls and Condor Gulch Falls

Bear Gulch Cave Falls and Condor Gulch Falls are 2 waterfalls encountered while I did the ranger-recommended 5.3-mile loop of the best scenery in Pinnacles NP.

Bear Gulch Falls

Bear Gulch Falls is a temporary bouldery waterfall on the order of 30ft or so requiring serious timing to see perform in Pinnacles National Park, California.

“Scratching That College Itch” (Sonoma and Napa Valley – February 21, 2020 to February 23, 2020)

Sure enough, when we got to the Bear Gulch Nature Center, given all the delays that Julie induced on the way here, it turned out that the car in front of us took the very last parking spot…

“Change of Access” (Heart Rock Falls – February 16, 2020)

When they eventually showed up, we ultimately got started on our hike at about 10:20am. Surprisingly, our group actually consisted of about five different families, I think, with lots of kids…

Guide To The Best 21 Los Angeles & Orange County Waterfalls

In this guide to the best waterfalls of Los Angeles and Orange County, we rank and show you our favorites from a local’s perspective…

“Hot Sweaty Mess in February” (Trail Canyon Falls – February 8, 2020)

Along the way, I saw quite a few more hikers going up to the falls, including one couple where one woman really looked like she struggled (making me wonder if she had brought enough water…