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Don't Pay at the Pump: Bus to the Trail

Follow Dan Koeppel and photographer Michael Darter as they jump a magic bus in L.A. and camp in Angeles National Forest. You may never drive again.


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The group heads out on a three-day trek. Their first obstacle: big packs, crowded bus.

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The 32 miles of walking included quite a bit of road and sidewalk hoofing.

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Dan invited companions already inclined towards alternative transportation: bike messengers.

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Despite warnings of rattlesnakes and mountain lions, the group heads for the San Gabriels.

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Trail Canyon path begins along a shady creekbed & passes a year-round waterfall.

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After two summits, a brief trip on the PCT helps the group back to L.A.

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A rare specimen, Pinaceae cones, not often found in L.A.

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A beautiful view to the right, miles of tire tracks underfoot.

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The juxtaposition of two energy sources–or a pretty sunset.

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Sometimes, even the best-laid plans require some last-minute adjustments.

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By letting someone else do the driving, the trip to the trail becomes a relaxing jaunt.

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Camp shoes get more action on an eco-friendly commute to the trail.

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The sign said: “MARIACHIS – HAPPY HOUR MARGARITAS – $2.00.”

(Photos by Michael Darter, www.michaeldarter.com)