All Stories from Inland Empire

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    Good Morton!

    The panoramic views from Morton Peak Fire Lookout are some of the best in the San Bernardinos. Hike a 5.25-mile (round-trip) grind that climbs 1,400 feet to the summit on a fire road.

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    Strawberry Sunday

    The 2.5-mile (round-trip) lollipop loop climb to the Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout near the town of Lake Arrowhead dishes up some delicious views.

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    Go Get a Lytle

    Go on a little adventure hiking to Stone House Camp with big valley views, creekside relaxation, and shaded campsites—all within a 1.8-mile out-and-back  hike.

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    Catch the Winds!

    Proof that you don’t always have to go to the mountains to enjoy the mountains? Five Winds Trail in El Dorado Ranch Park, located at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, with an expansive view of Mount Baldy and the San Gabriels.

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    Heart of Stone

    It's just a half-mile hike to Heart Rock at Seeley Creek Falls, where you’ll find a perfectly symmetrical heart-shaped granite bowl carved by nature at the crest of the 25-foot waterfall

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    Instead of Bonbons: Bonita

    Bonita Falls goes year round, but in winter with snowmelt the waterfall is at its grandest. Hike to this oasis of the San Gabriels on a 2-mile (round-trip) trek.

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    Sitton Pretty

    Sitton Peak is a 3,273-foot summit in the Santa Ana Mountains. All in, a 10-mile hike gets you to a panoramic summit filled with hills galloping toward the Pacific.

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    Rocky Picture Show

    Suicide Rock near Idyllwild is a SoCal hot spot for changing colors in the fall, and a great workout as well. The 6.3-mile out-and-back hike rewards with autumn yellows and sweeping views.

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    Arrowhead Ahead

    Deciduous black oaks and Fremont cottonwoods line the Sawmill Road Loop Trail near Lake Arrowhead, making it one of the best places in SoCal for a seasonal kaleidoscope of changing leaves.

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    Hiking with the Shadow People

    The Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont seems so benign. And it is, until you start encountering weird noises, “shadow people,” or bleeding trees! Test your bravery on the 5.6-mile (round-trip) trail.

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    Famous Potato

    On Potato Mountain, you get panoramic views, a great workout, and ... potatoes! The 4.4-mile trail through the foothills of the San Gabriels climbs gradually to the summit of Potato Mountain.

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    Riding Riverside’s Riverside

    Yes, Riverside has a river, and bicycling the Santa Ana River Trail from Fairmount Park to the Van Buren Bridge and back (a 12.8-mile round-trip) is a great way to see it. Well, you’ll see it occasionally, anyway. This well-trafficked bike route quickly links to Riverside’s more…

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    Kicking Butler

    When you reach the fire lookout tower that crowns 8,535-foot Butler Peak, you reach a 360-degree panoramic view that captures the grandeur of SoCal’s most epic mountain ranges—the towering ridges of the San Bernardino Mountains to the east and the daunting peaks of the San…

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    Grin and Big Bear It!

    Summer in Big Bear means only one thing: Get out on the lake! The best way, of course, is to rent a canoe, so you can paddle, sightsee, and rekindle summer camp memories all at the same time. If you pick up your canoe at Captain John’s Marina in Grout Bay, you’re near Stanfield…

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    Splash Landing

    The Splashing Eagle Waterpark at Lake Hemet proves waterparks aren’t just for kids. This action-packed floating waterpark, just offshore in the 470-acre lake nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains, presents plenty of adult-size challenges. Challenge 1: You have to swim through the…

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    Bonelli By Golly!

    The 6.3-mile Bonelli Park Loop Trail is proof you don’t have to go far to escape the city. It’s in the heart of the metro area in San Dimas, freeway-close to a gazillion people. But the park’s nearly 2,000 acres of rolling hills give you a sense of distance from the cares of the…

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    Deep Shade of Green

    It ain’t easy being green, but Hagador Canyon Watershed Trail makes it seem effortless. This 4.2-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike traces an active creek hidden in the foothills where Corona meets the Santa Ana Mountains. As the weather starts warming up, this is the perfect…

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    Lupine Around Chino Hills

    All of the flowers without any of the mayhem! That’s the 3.4-mile, lightly trafficked Sidewinder/Upper Aliso Canyon Loop Trail in Chino Hills State Park. The trail starts off on the popular (meaning crowded) Upper Aliso Canyon Trail. Looking up into the hills, you can see patches…

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    Lush Life

    Etiwanda Falls Trail in Rancho Cucamonga packs a lot of bang for your buck: waterfall, wildflowers, panoramic views of the Inland Empire, and lush green surroundings as you walk. Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, this 3.4-mile (round-trip) out-and-back trail…

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    The Lost Pictographs of Perris, Found!

    Long before there was a Lake Perris there were the Luiseño people, known in their own language as the Payomkawichum (“people of the west”). They lived here for thousands of years, and left behind pictographs that can still be seen today. From the Bernasconi Day Use Area, head…