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Hydrated Hikes

Warming weather after a wet winter: what a great combo! Streams are flowing, lakes are filled…everything is primed for water(ish) adventuring. Check out a cool streamside hike, a secret little fishing lake, and a lush desert oasis. H2O to go!

Week 05.02.2019
Regions Southern CA

Ultimate Oasis

Hiking Victor Loop in the Agua Caliente Reservation Palm Canyon

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Water is life in the desert, and nowhere does the desert come to life more dramatically than in Palm Canyon in the Agua Caliente Reservation’s Indian Canyons. Here a walk on the 2.9-mile Victor Loop takes you through the world’s largest California fan palm oasis in the heart of a…
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Devilishly Good Camping

Best Camping on Mount Diablo

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High & Mighty Lofty at 3,000 feet, Juniper Campground—named for the surrounding juniper trees—is located very close to Diablo’s summit and is the largest camping area, with 36 sites. Set up camp, then set out on a 1-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike to Diablo’s peak, featuring…
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Deep Shade of Green

Hiking Hagador Canyon Watershed Trail in the Santa Ana Mountains

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It ain’t easy being green, but Hagador Canyon Watershed Trail makes it seem effortless. This 4.2-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike traces an active creek hidden in the foothills where Corona meets the Santa Ana Mountains. As the weather starts warming up, this is the perfect…
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Slightly Fishy

Hiking and Fishing Around Jackson Lake in the San Gabriel Mountains

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Lakes are few and far between in the San Gabriel Mountains, especially natural ones like Jackson Lake, which makes this spot in the Angeles National Forest all the more special. Sitting at 6,100 feet, this mountain lake may be tiny, but it’s lovely and tranquil—a great spot for a…
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