Outward Bound: Trek Tips

Our picks for the gear that will get and keep you going

trailmixZoe Nathan’s Trail Mix
The chef-owner of Santa Monica’s Huckleberry Bakery and Café uses farmers’ market ingredients: 8 cups rolled oats, ¾ cup honey, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 8 ounces melted Plugra butter, 4 cups dried fruit (like cherries and currants), 4 cups mixed nuts (like walnuts and shelled pistachios). Combine oats, honey, salt, cinnamon and butter in bowl and toss until well mixed. Spread on tray and place in 375-degree oven for 30 to 60 minutes until mix is toasted a light brown. Add dried fruit and nuts. Enjoy. 

bee_trektipBug Book
Can’t spot a Mantodea in a cave of Phasmatodea? California Insects (University of California Press, $21.95) is crammed with some 600 beetles, scorpion flies, katydids, wasps, and a walkingstick you likely won’t want in your hand. 

beerApres-Hike Beer
Newcomb’s Ranch, at 5,420 feet, is the highest bar in Los Angeles-plunked down on Angeles Crest Highway, 27 miles up the road. After exploring Cooper Canyon, find a shaded outdoor table ideal for viewing the effects of thin air on Hefeweizen foam.

dogbootDog Gear
Ruff Wear Grip Trex Boots ($60; at REI) come sized like your hiking boots, are topped with fabric that breathes after stream crossings, and have rubber soles to protect paws. Ruff Wear’s ergonomically designed Swamp Cooler Vest ($50; at REI) keeps hot dogs cool. 

waterbottleHandheld Water Purifier
The Katadyn Exstream XR ($44.95; at Adventure 16) is the only EPA-registered purification bottle. It works in three phases to protect against bacteria and parasites and to improve water taste. Fill it up and squeeze: Clean water is yours.


Images courtesy (in order): (1) annie stuehrmann, (2) Flickr/audreyjm529, (3) Flickr/brendan_wood, (4) maryellen baker