Autumn Wonders

Full moons, starry night campsites, art walks, and iconic hikes … autumn in SoCal brings plenty of places to wander and ponder. Here are few to take you through the season.

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1) White Tank Campground

Heaven for star buffs: the best campground in Joshua Tree National Park for night-sky viewing, in a place named an International Dark Sky Park, with a full-on observatory just minutes away! White Tank Campground is at 3,800 feet in the…

2) Brea Beckoning

The art-centric town of Brea goes beyond museum walls with an “Art in Public Places” program featuring 183+ outdoor sculptures. Amid these treasures, you’ll find the 8-piece sculptural installation by Laguna Beach–based mosaic tile artist Marlo Bartels. This 2-mile (round-trip)…

3) Find Your Oasis

Don’t let the name fool you. Death Valley has a completely new lodging experience that’s all about being alive! Here are five amazing ways to find your oasis in the Lower 48’s largest national park.

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4) Mr. Beek's Mountain Dream

Beek’s Place in the Santa Ana Mountains is one of those great California shrines to faded dreams, and well worth the thigh-burning 10.5-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike to get there. The trail gains 2,227 feet of elevation as it consistently rewards…

5) Full Moon, 90049

City lights and ocean views: Brentwood’s dog-friendly, 7.4-mile (round-trip) Westridge Fire Road trail offers both, no headlamp required. The full moon is bright enough to light up this exposed out-and-back trail. Another bonus? Off-leash dogs are permitted—under the supervision of…

6) Crunch Time

This 6.8-mile (round-trip) loop in northern Griffith Park is supernaturally enticing: four peaks, panoramic views, and ... ghosts. It’s a bit of a treasure hunt, but if you follow the step-by-step directions below, this strenuous trek through the less-visited north end…

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