Matt Jaffe

  • Award-winning magazine journalist and book author who writes about outdoor recreation, travel, and the environment
  • Co-author of "The Santa Monica Mountains: Range on the Edge"
  • Contributing writer to Los Angeles magazine
  • Former senior writer for 20 years at Sunset magazine 
  • Columnist on hiking and the outdoors for the Los Angeles News Group


Matt Jaffe is a former writer for ThoughtCo, who contributed six articles on hiking. An avid hiker who has explored trails throughout the U.S., Jaffe is a former senior writer at Sunset magazine, where he focused on hiking trails and parks in the American West. He is the co-author of "The  Santa Monica Mountains: Range on the Edge," a natural and cultural history of a small but significant mountain range that runs through Los Angeles. Jaffe's work continues to be published in Sunset magazine, and he writes a hiking and outdoors column for the Los Angeles News Group. In addition, he is a regular contributor to Los Angeles magazine. 


Matt Jaffe graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He holds a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

"The Santa Monica Mountains: Range on the Edge." (Angel City Pr 2007)

Matt Jaffe


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