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.

Week 11.07.2019
Regions Southern CA

White Tank Campground

Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower in Joshua Tree National Park

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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 eastern part of the park, far from the…
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Brea Beckoning

Outdoor Art and Mural Walk in Brea, California

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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…
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Mr. Beek's Mountain Dream

Hiking to Beek's Place in the Santa Ana Mountains

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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.
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Find Your Oasis

Visit Death Valley National Park and Stay at the Ranch

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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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Full Moon, 90049

Full Moon Hike Up Westridge Trail in Brentwood

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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 trail.
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Crunch Time

Hike to Haunted Table 29 in Griffith Park

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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.
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