Summer Sensations

Whoa, summer—slow down already! Get outside to savor the best of the season with some peak hikes, cave explorations, canoe paddles, and … don’t forget some beer tasting!

Week 08.08.2019
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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Grin and Big Bear It!

Canoeing Big Bear Lake

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Summer in Big Bear means only one thing: Get out on the lake! The best way, of course, is to rent a canoe, so you can paddle, sightsee, and rekindle summer camp memories all at the same time. If you pick up your canoe at Captain John’s Marina in Grout Bay, you’re near Stanfield…
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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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Rob A Peak!

Hike Robber's Peak in Orange County

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Great panoramas don’t all require epic hikes. A 3.5-mile (round-trip) trek up to 1,152-foot Robber’s Peak in Santiago Oaks Regional Park gets you gorgeous vistas of Orange County, iconic mountains, and the Pacific. The trail is also bike-, equestrian-, and dog-friendly. According…
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Bolsa and a Nano Brewery

Hike Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach

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Whether you’re a bird nerd or just like beautiful views, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach is a must-do in these parts. Its 1,341 acres of coastal estuary are home to over 200 avian species. Wander the 3.3-mile lollipop loop trail to explore the varying…
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A Frame for the Sky

Hiking to Vanalden Cave in the Santa Monica Mountains

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Vanalden Cave in the Santa Monica Mountains is more a picture frame for landscape and sky than it is a hideaway hole in the ground. It’s just a 1.5-mile (round-trip) hike on an out-and-back trail to reach an impressively large sandstone chamber with holes in the ceiling that let…
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    Bouquet of Waterfalls

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    Tam Slam!

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    Secret Beach

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    Magical McClures

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