Happy Feat

Research shows that this is the most depressing time of year. Turn that frown upside down by soaking up some sun and suds, stoking a fire, and seeing things in a whole new light.

My Weekend Sherpa:

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Light of Day: You don’t have to visit a studio set to stroll through a rainforest in LA. Hike the little-known Rainforest Trail in Fryman Canyon Park in late afternoon and get a magnificent light show, as stunning shafts of light beam down through the lush greenery overhead.

Slow Steam Ahead: There’s a happy place to relax during winter’s big chill. Soak yourself silly in the mineralized waters of Sycamore Springs, just 10 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo (SLO)—named The Happiest Place in America.

Hot Spot: The trail to Deep Creek Hot Springs in San Bernardino National Forest runs hot and cold—or, more literally, cold then hot. There are two ways to reach this year-round mineral water retreat…

Ring of Fire: With miles of sun-kissed beaches, Los Angeles County still seems to hold a grudge against bonfires. Only Playa del Rey’s Dockweiler Beach allows open flames. The good news: this 3-mile slice of coast is among the most scenic stretches of sand.

Great Ascot! Sometimes the skyline’s the limit, and that’s a good thing if you’re visiting Ascot Hills Park, an 83-acre urban respite that offers a winter sunset to remember. A loop hike passes over the park’s highest hill—an excellent spot for seeing the sun sink behind LA’s downtown skyline, creating a fiery silhouette.

Moonshiners: A 7:30 p.m. start time and possibly even a group howl are part of the action on a full-moon hike with TreePeople. Dedicated to urban forestation and conservation in LA, this non-profit organization brings people and trees together on a night journey through Coldwater Canyon. The next full-moon hike is this Saturday, January 26.


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