Midsummer Mojo

Ultimate vistas, a Griffith Park classic, and a bonanza of national parks make midsummer sensational. See our roundup of top outdoors adventures to do right now. Outside is so in!

Week 08.05.2020
Regions Southern CA

Cherry on Top

Hike to the Ultimate Destination in Cherry Creek Canyon Park LA County

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The Ultimate Destination in LA County is easier to reach than you may think! Cherry Canyon Park has a 2.5-mile out-and-back hike with a vista point called, well, the Ultimate Destination.
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National Parks Road Trip: Circle of Discovery!

National Parks Road Trip in Northern California and Southern Oregon

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Love national parks? Love road trips? Combine the two on one fabulous Circle of Discovery route in Northern California and Southern Oregon! This itinerary features 7 national parks with wondrous features.
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Peak-a-View!

Hike to Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the entire country and the seventh deepest in the world. For one of the very best perspectives of this shining blue beauty, hike up to Garfield Peak.
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Griffith Park Classic

Hike the Griffith Park Classic Fern Dell to Mount Hollywood

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The Fern Dell to Mount Hollywood hike in Griffith Park is a 5-mile instant classic lollipop loop with landmark locales and hidden havens, including the famous observatory, hidden gardens, and an amazing view of the Hollywood Sign.
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Back to the Future

Bike a section of SoCal's Pacific Electric Trail

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Remnants of the Pacific Electric Trail’s railroad days are scattered throughout this 10-mile out-and-back ride traversing Rialto and Fontana in SoCal's Inland Empire. This stretch showcases the railroad legacy of the bike path. Old railroad stations and packing houses have been converted for a variety of new uses, including one station that was converted into the Fontana Art Depot.
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River, Meet Ocean

Exploring the Ventura River Estuary

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The city of Ventura is officially known as Buenaventura, meaning “good fortune.” That applies to one of the least-known but most abundant estuaries in the region, where the Ventura River meets the Pacific Ocean at Emma Wood State Beach. If you have the good fortune to visit, you…
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    Duck, Duck, Goose!

    Try to get a first-come, first-served campsite at one of the Lakes Basin’s lakeside campgrounds. We love Goose Lake Campground, where there are just 14 sites and no motorized boats.

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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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    National Parks Road Trip: Circle of Discovery!

    Love national parks? Love road trips? Combine the two on one fabulous Circle of Discovery route in Northern California and Southern Oregon! This itinerary features 7 national parks with wondrous features.

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    Peak-a-View!

    Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the entire country and the seventh deepest in the world. For one of the very best perspectives of this shining blue beauty, hike up to Garfield Peak.

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    Hidden Stairways of SF: Urban Hike

    This guided hike sold out fast, but new dates have been added! Get outdoors and explore the hidden stairways and gardens of San Francisco anew. Small group and socially distanced.

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    Lookout for This View!

    Sierra Buttes Lookout, at a lofty 8,591 feet, is a memory maker for its pucker-worthy stairway to the tower’s balcony. It's a 5-mile (round-trip) hike to reach it. And the reward? Epic!

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    Ah, Good Point

    Ready for a rewarding view? Head to to one of the Peninsula’s favorite promontories: Mori Point. Climb your way up the Bootlegger’s Steps to the Mori Point headland for awesome vantages of the San Mateo Coast.

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    Sleeper Hit

    It's all about the water, and the camping, at Utica Reservoir in Stanislaus National Forest, a High Sierra reservoir perfect for kayak explorations and pitching your tent lakeside..

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