Matt Jaffe

Matt Jaffe is an award-winning magazine journalist and book author who writes about outdoor recreation, travel, and the environment for leading publications.


An avid hiker, Matt Jaffe has explored trails throughout the U.S. As a senior writer at Sunset magazine, he wrote about hiking trails and parks in the American West. He’s the author of The Santa Monica Mountains: Range on the Edge, a natural and cultural history of the small but globally significant mountain range that runs through Los Angeles. You can see his work at


Originally from Chicago, Matt Jaffe graduated from the University of Illinois and spent his senior year studying in Canterbury, England and traveling and hiking throughout Europe. He earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley.

Matt Jaffe

Nothing beats a day of hiking. I’ll take any excuse to get out on the trail to clear my head, connect with nature, and get exercise. I try to hike just about every day and my hope is that whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, this site will inspire you to hit the trail. Hiking is a lifelong activity that lets you unplug and escape from daily stresses. Depending on the day, a hike can be meditative or exhilarating. And there’s no better way to experience the world than by exploring it one step at a time.

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