3 Ways To Avoid Crowded Trails

Last year Al and I lived in Southern California.  We had the bright idea to head to Big Bear Lake on the 4th of July to do some exploring.  It seemed as if the entire city of LA had brought their bumper-to-bumper traffic and designer cowboy boots up the mountain.  It was ridiculous. Even in the 49th least populated state holiday trail traffic is inevitable. Here's a few tips for planning a crowd-free 4th of July hike.  Choose your trail carefully.  Stick to trails that aren't as popular, trails that are out of the way or off the beaten path.…