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Three Versions of Winter in SoCal State Parks

What’s your winter pleasure? Snowshoeing in the crisp mountain air? Scanning for eagles by a mountain lake? Ogling whales from a dramatic shoreline trail? It’s all doable, thanks to our nearby state parks!

Week 02.07.2019
Regions Southern CA

Whale Watching from Shore

Whale Watching From Shore in Crystal Cove State Park

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It’s gray-whale season again! The best way to see our majestic Baja-bound friends is, of course, by boat, but sharp eyes can spot them from shore too. Get in a good hike while admiring this great annual migration. One of the best shorebound spots is the 6-mile (round-trip) Bluff…
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Winter’s Just a Tram Away

Snoeshoeing Mount San Jacinto Atop the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Snowshoeing in Mount San Jacinto State Park atop the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is one of those quintessential SoCal experiences. One minute you’re basking in desert sunshine; 10 minutes later, you’re at 8,500 feet strapping on platforms that will enable you to walk through a…
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Bald and Beautiful

Counting Bald Eagles at Silverwood Lake

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Who’s ready to go bald? Head to Silverwood Lake in the San Bernardinos, one of the best bald-eagle-spotting spots in SoCal, for this breathtaking experience. In the winter months, not only can you see them soar but you can also join in an important count of our once-endangered…
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    Shealor Stunner

    Robust mountains, striking slabs of granite, and deep green pine reflections make Shealor Lake near Kirkwood resort a jewel of the El Dorado National Forest. Reach this alpine oasis on a 1.3-mile hike.

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    Ah, Good Point

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    Sleeper Hit

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