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!  

My Weekend Sherpa:

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Week of:

1) Kicking Butler

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…

2) Grin and Big Bear It!

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…

3) Swimming Holes and Natural Waterslides!

Summer, swimming holes, natural waterslides: Good things happen in threes! Lucky for us, Redding, California, is a basecamp for watery riches. Hike into a canyon to a rock waterslide or find swimming holes next to waterfalls! Here’s your mini-guide to…

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4) Rob A Peak!

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…

5) Bolsa and a Nano Brewery

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…

6) A Frame for the Sky

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…


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