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Bag an Eighter!

You know about fourteeners, but let’s talk about “eighters”—peaks over 8,000 feet high where you don’t have to battle oxygen deprivation to savor a satisfying summit view. You’ll get a challenging hike, of course, on any of these three favorites. You just won’t need supplemental O2!

Week 07.11.2019
Regions Southern CA

Kicking Butler

Hiking Butler Peak in the San Bernardino Mountains

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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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Swimming Holes and Natural Waterslides!

Redding Swimming Holes and Natural Waterslides

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Little Backbone Creek Little Backbone Creek is known as nature’s waterpark for good reason. It’s a 20-minute hike up a creek in a canyon, passing boulders and ponds before arriving to the marquee attraction: a smooth rock waterfall that plunges you into the creek. Potem Falls…
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Cowabunga, Cucamonga!

Hiking Cucamonga Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains

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You’ll get your heart pounding and your muscles burning with the challenging adventure that is Cucamonga Peak. The summit is one of the tallest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the 12.1-mile trek pulls no punches.
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Give It the Islip

Hiking Mount Islip in the San Gabriel Mountains

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With a name that could suggest slipping and falling off a cliff, Mount Islip (pronounced “eye-slip”) may sound like a peak to stay away from. But the hike to the 8,251-foot summit in the San Gabriels is a breezy, if challenging, 7-mile round-trip that is friendly to the ankles…
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