John McKinney the Trailmaster
John McKinney is the author of 30 hiking-themed books (narratives, guides, books for children) 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” and his new “Hike with Kids,” 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, 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 new 10-book series “Every Trail Tells a Story,” guides to the best day hikes in regions all across California. A proud Californian, John is the only one to have visited and written about all 280 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 frequent public speaker and occasional leader of custom hiking tours. He is currently in development with Hike On, a half-hour show about hiking for public television.