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Lovin' the Ruins

California has always been a land of dreamers, and some of them have left traces of those dreams behind for us to explore. In remote mountain canyons and high on desert cliffs, we venture to the ruins of some of SoCal’s most mystical abodes.

Week 10.17.2019
Regions Southern CA

Old Tom's Cabin

Hiking to Vincents Cabin in the San Gabriel Mountains

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The 1.5-mile hike to Vincent’s Cabin provides vast mountain views and dense forest shade—and a chance to visit an odd bit of SoCal history surrounding the man who was Tom Vincent.
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Joshua Tree's Secret Aerie

Hiking to Eagle Cliff Mine in Joshua Tree National Park

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You won’t find Eagle Cliff Mine on the official Joshua Tree National Park map—which is part of the appeal of this challenging 4.6-mile (round-trip) out-and-back trek.
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Sonoma's 5 Fall Wonders

Sonoma's 5 Fall Wonders

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You hear it from all the locals who live in Sonoma Valley: Fall is the best time of year. Here are some ideas to get you going.
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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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