When I first started exploring the trails around Southern California, I did what a lot of new hikers do: I made a list of trails and tried to check them all off.
There’s something innately satisfying about seeing my progress right there in front of me. I’m able to look at the list and say, “Oh, I’ve hiked a third of the peaks in Southern California above 5,000 feet” or “I’ve stood on top of the 10 highest points in the San Gabriel Mountains.”
In my book, as long as you’re outside (and following park rules), you’re doing it right. And for those looking for an entry point into the outdoors, lists can be a good place to start.