Spring for Wildflowers and Waterfalls

With winter’s rains and warm weather followed by splashes of more rain, SoCal’s hiking trails are super-charged for spring. Here’s a roundup of hikes with wildflowers, waterfalls, and wonderful views. Spring it on!

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1) Garden of the Gods

When a film location is known as “the most shot-up location in movie history” you know you’re in for an adventure. A 1-mile out-and-back trail in 23-acre Garden of the Gods threads through sandstone boulders that were natural icons of…

2) It's a Waterfall Life

Tahquitz Canyon’s crystalline stream and lush stands of desert lavender, honey mesquite, and leafy sycamores will change how you think about the desert. You might grumble at the $12.50 entrance fee, but fork it over—this hike is worth it. Its…

3) Mammoth Lakes Epic Eight!

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4) Plateau Ho!

In the heart of the Inland Empire is a portal to California’s past, where colossal Englemann oaks spread their gnarled branches, and rare native grasses still flourish on verdant hillsides. A hike through the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve near…

5) Turnbull, Trekkin', Temple

Some hikes are like a highlight reel: they feature all of the good stuff quickly. Turnbull Canyon near the town of Whittier in LA County is the centerpiece of the Puente Hills Preserve, and home to a 4.5-mile loop trail…

6) Coachella Kinda Day

The Coachella Valley Preserve protects some 20,000 acres of wild desert, where the San Andreas Fault has worked as chief landscape architect. Seismic action forced freshwater springs to pop up from underground, and the water nourishes groves of California fan…

7) Point Dume Bloom!

The giant coreopsis is the showiest wildflower in Southern California, and it’s strutting its stuff right now along the sandy trails of Point Dume Natural Preserve in Malibu. On a 2-mile loop hike, you can not only walk through fields…


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