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John McKinney

John McKinney
John McKinney is the author of 20 books about hiking, parklands and nature including "The Hiker's Way" and "A Walk Along Land's End: California on the Edge." After a long stint as the Los Angeles Times hiking columnist, John (aka The Trailmaster) now writes articles and commentaries about nature and outdoor recreation for magazines and online.

Recent articles

The No Nukes That Turned to Slow Nukes

The 10-day long protest at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant 30 years ago this month may have been the most significant anti-nuclear power demonstration ever held in the U.S.

New Studies Help Boy Scouts ‘Be Prepared’

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful — and the subject of much research after a hundred years in existence.

Old Buildings Combine Sustainability, Preservation

Studies suggest the greenest building is the one already built — a pleasing message for historic preservationists.

Thoreau Was Right: Nature Hones the Mind

Studies show nature restores our spirits, improves our thinking, keeps us healthier and probably even saner.

Suburban Trail Use Not a Sure Thing

The mere existence of a walking or biking trail near your neighborhood doesn’t mean anyone is using it, researchers and trail advocates have discovered.

After the Oil Runs Out: Rigs to Reefs

While humans wonder what do with old oil rigs, fish scientist Milton Love suggests his subjects have a definite school of thought.

Don’t Throw Away Your Paper Maps Just Yet

While GPS can tell you exactly where you stand, sometimes it takes a bit of dead-tree cartography to tell you where you are.

Drought, Not ‘Old Chaparral,’ Aiding Wildfires

Decades of ‘fuel management’ have been ineffective in preventing wildfires, scientists say, and in all likelihood make the blazes more likely and more devastating.

The High Price of Inactivity

As America — and the world — devolves into terminal lethargy, a multidisciplinary effort works to pep up the populace.

For Good Health: Take a Hike!

Although it’s no surprise that any activity is better than none, hiking has specific medicinal benefits.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

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What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

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The Big One

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