EVENT: John McKinney: The Trailmaster Talks

Posted by Adventure 16 | 01.24.2018

John McKinney standing at base of mountains


Join John McKinney, aka The Trailmaster, at A16  West Los Angeles for a series of ten inspirational talks about hiking, reconnecting with nature, and the amazing trail we call life.

at A16'S WEST LOS ANGELES STORE on the following dates:

Click on each date for a full description

Wednesday, February 21:  L.A.’s Mountains or Why I like to Hike LA

Wednesday, March 28: Hiking the Holy Mountain: Tales of Monks and Miracles on the Trails of Mount Athos, Greece

Wednesday, April 18: Hike the World in Southern California

Wednesday, May 23: Hiking on the Edge: Dreams, Schemes, and 1600 miles on the California Coastal Trail

Wednesday, June 20: Getting Back on the Nature Trail

Wednesday, July 11Hiking California’s National Parks

Wednesday August 15: Lost Coast Found

Wednesday, September 26: Hiking California State Parks

Wednesday, October 24: The Hiker’s Way

Wednesday, November 7:  Hike On: Tales from the Trail

Wednesday:  Dec (TBD):  Meet The Trailmaster / Booksigning

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Wednesday, February 21
L.A.’s Mountains or Why I like to Hike LA
When it comes to hiking L.A.’s mountains, you can’t have too much of a good thing. Hit the trail to a trio of popular ranges—the San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains and the Hollywood Hills—and to the surprising parklands perched at the edge of the metropolis and now accessible by public transit. John shares favorite trails and stories about the altogether unique experience of hiking L.A. The mountains are calling. Take a hike. Book tie-ins: HIKE the San Gabriel Mountains, HIKE the Santa Monica Mountains and HIKE Griffith Park & the Hollywood Hills. And the new HIKE Los Angeles.

Wednesday, March 28:  Hiking the Holy Mountain: Tales of Monks and Miracles on the Trails of Mount Athos, Greece 
“Glorious and hilarious,” is the way one reviewer described John’ story of his treks around a monastic kingdom where no woman has set foot for a thousand years, encounters with a colorful cast of Greek monks, and a series of miraculous events that took place on—and off—the Holy Mountain. This spiritual adventure is one of the all-time best tales of adoption, a splendid hiking narrative, and a story of faith and family that will be long remembered. Book tie-in: Hiking the Holy Mountain: Tales of Monks and Miracles on the Trails of Mount Athos, Greece

Wednesday, April 18 Hike the World in Southern California
Thanks to Southern California’s richly diverse terrain, from desert sands to alpine peaks you don’t have to hike far to imagine yourself in a foreign country. The Trailmaster draws on his experience as a movie location scout to explain how you can hike to the “foreign” locations featured in movies, and how to set your own international itinerary without leaving the Southland. Book tie-in: Hike Southern California: A Day Hiker’s Guide, plus pocket guides.

Wednesday, May 23: Hiking on the Edge: Dreams, Schemes, and 1600 miles on the California Coastal Trail
Until John McKinney agreed to take his epic hike, no one had ever walked along the edge of the state to determine if a California Coastal Trail was even possible. Were the beaches passable at low tide? Could the bluffs be traveled without arrest for trespass? Could a trail be found through the rugged coastal mountains? The intrepid trailblazer found the answers to these questions—and to more profound ones that never occurred to him until he was on his challenging journey of discovery. John shares edgy stories from the trail and of the unforgettable people he met along the way,  from a book that ranks with the classics of California travel literature. Book tie-in Hiking on the Edge: Dreams, Schemes, and 1600 miles on the California Coastal Trail

Wednesday, June 20Getting Back on the Nature Trail
John reveals how time in nature can benefit us in body, mind and spirit. Participants enjoy John’s heartwarming—and laugh out loud—tales from the trail as John shares his unusual profession and life as a hiker. The Trailmaster has solutions and cures for the alarming rate of “Nature Deficit Disorder” that affects so many kids and adults. A key deliverable is John’s “Ten Essentials for Hikers,” inner qualities and directions that help us on the trail and off. Book tie-ins: pocket guides HIKE for Health & Fitness, HIKE with Kids.

John McKinney trailmaster Poster

July 11: Hiking California National Parks
Join John as he shares the wonders of Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Lassen and Redwoods national parks, as well as little-known national parklands you might never have heard about. Other states have national parks with tall trees, high peaks, deep canyons, long seashores and vast deserts, but only California can claim all these grand landscapes within its boundaries! Book tie-ins: HIKE Death Valley, HIKE Joshua Tree, HIKE Yosemite, HIKE Sequoia, HIKE Point Reyes. (Coming soon: guides to Redwood National Park and Channel Islands National Park.)

Wednesday, August 15:  Lost Coast Found
As a volunteer ranger, John McKinney hiked the trails of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park and King Range National Conservation Area and literally and figuratively put the Lost Coast on the map. Featuring black sand beaches, redwood groves, and 60 miles of the California’s wildest coastline, the Lost Coast is a magnificent place to hike. In recent years the Lost Coast has gained national—even international—attention as a top hiking destination, garnering rave reviews and earning it a place on numerous “Best Hikes” lists. Tie-in: new edition of John’s popular map, “California’s Lost Coast (Wilderness Press #1 online best-selling publication!) 

Wednesday, September 26:  Hiking California State Parks
California has 270 State Parks. Who knew? John McKinney is the only one dogged enough (crazy enough?) to visit, hike, and write about all of them! Join John as he shares favorite trails in the Wine Country, Gold Country, Coastal Mountains, High Sierra and the Redwoods. From Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to Zmudowski State Beach, good fun and happy trails guaranteed. Book tie-in: Day Hiker’s Guide to California State Parks.

Wednesday, October 24 The Hiker’s Way
Whether your dream is escaping the stresses of everyday life and hiking trails near and far, reconnecting with nature, or learning more about the fine art of hiking, The Trailmaster will show the way, The Hiker’s Way. Learn about choosing gear, and how to hike safely in each season and over every kind of terrain, as John McKinney presents a new way of looking at hiking, with fun stories and tips that you'll long remember. Book tie-in: new edition of The Hiker’s Way: Hike Smart, Live Well, Go Green.

Wednesday, November 7: Hike On: Tales from the Trail 
“An Homage to Switchbacks,”  “Hiking with the Bushmen in Malibu,” “What do Women Want?” Enjoy these colorful stories and more from John McKinney’s lifetime on the trail and his new collection of tales, Hike On. Come along with John as he hikes with a mad scientist in the High Sierra and follows in the footsteps of John Muir, Father Serra, and Sigmund Freud. Book tie-in: Hike On. Coming fall 2018.



john mckinneyJohn McKinney is the author of 30 books about hiking, parklands and nature, including “Hiking on the Edge: Dreams, Schemes and 1600 Miles on the California Coastal Trail” and “Hiking the Holy Mountain: Tales of Monks and Miracles on the Trails of Mount Athos, Greece.”

John shares his unique trail philosophy and the many mental, physical and even spiritual benefits of hiking in The Hiker’s Way as well as with one of his popular talks, “Getting Back on the Nature Trail.” For 18 years, he wrote a weekly hiking column for the Los Angeles Times, and the intrepid Eagle Scout has hiked and enthusiastically described more then ten thousand miles of trail across California and around the U.S.John McKinney, aka The Trailmaster, has written more than a thousand articles and stories about hiking, numerous regional bestselling guidebooks, including “Hike Southern California: A Day Hiker’s Guide” and “Day Hiker’s Guide to California’s State Parks,” and created The Trailmaster Pocket Guide series now numbering a dozen books. A proud Californian, John is the only one to have visited and written about all 265 California State Parks and to solo-hike the entire length of the California Coast.

A passionate advocate for hiking and our need to reconnect with nature, John McKinney shares his expertise on radio, TV, online, and as a public speaker. He is currently in development with Hike On, a half-hour show about hiking for public television.