About Hikespeak

Hikespeak.com is a site for people who like to go online and go outdoors. Hikespeak has write-ups for over 700 trails from Arcadia to Tasmania, as well as information about campgrounds and other outdoor attractions.

This website is operated by Seth Smigelski, a guy who likes to hike, take pictures, and write about it. Each of the over 700 trails on hikespeak.com was experienced, written about, and photographed by Seth Smigelski. Use the contact page to e-mail Seth directly.

Hikespeak.com is an online place for the outdoors and aspires to become your go-to website to discover hiking trails, especially if you live in Los Angeles.

How can I use material on this website?

Hikespeak and hikespeak.com are trademarks of hikespeak.com and all content is copyrighted. Please enjoy the website respectfully. Material appearing on hikespeak.com may not be reproduced or distributed anywhere on the internet or offline without written permission and consent, unless the following conditions are met:

  • Only excerpts of less than 200 words may be republished on other websites, and a link back to the source webpage must be included
  • Attribute the content being used by including a link back to the specific content page
  • Republishing entire webpages, tables, descriptions, or maps is prohibited (even if attribution is made)
  • Derivative works are also prohibited
  • With the exception of limited use on social networking sites like Facebook, photographs may not be republished

Travel safe!

Your safety is your responsibility. Hikespeak.com encourages readers to visit the outdoors safely by being prepared and cautious. Hikespeak.com and Seth Smigelski are not responsible for anyone tripping, getting lost, sunburned, or otherwise harmed in the great outdoors. Pack plenty of water and an extra pair of socks (and have fun).

Where have I seen you before?

Hikespeak and Seth’s photography have been referenced by publications and services that you already know, including:

ABC7 Los AngelesKCRWNBC 4 Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles TimesLos Angeles MagazineOutside Magazine OnlineConde Naste TravelerNational GeographicCBS Los AngelesThe GuardianThe Seattle TimesNew York MagazineSanta Barbara Trail CouncilHuffington Post Los AngelesArroyo MagazineBuzzFeedMorro Bay Historical SocietySanta Monica Mountains FundSanta Monica Mountains

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Waterfall Hike
Seth explores a waterfall in Oregon

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5 Comments on About

  1. Alex wrote:

    We found this site to be tremendously helpful while visiting San Luis Obispo. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with all of these details and photos! Your site really did make our trip so much more fun.

  2. jessiehogue wrote:

    Any chance you’ll be adding any hikes in eastern Nor Cal – Mt. Shasta, Lassen Volcanic NP, Lake Tahoe, etc?

  3. Evan Sanchez wrote:

    So cool that you’ve done all 600 of these hikes!! Total inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing all of these experiences.

  4. Alejandro J wrote:

    I’m about to hike the Thousand Island Lake Loop for my 44th birthday. Thanks for the great documentation of mileages, elevations, sights, etc…it’s very well done and definitely got me excited to do this hike. First time I’m spending 2 nights backcountry…hope my old legs hold up!