All "Hikes" Stories in Southern CA

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    All Roads Lead to Rogue

    Idea for your next road trip: Go Rogue! The Rogue Valley in beautiful Southern Oregon has some of the state’s best hiking, swim holes, and wineries, and the charming historic towns of Ashland, Medford, and Jacksonville.

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    Climb to new heights and huge views on an adventure hike to a quirky quarry overlooking the ocean in Pacific Palisades. It’s a 4.75-mile loop hike with an 1,100-foot ascent to Skull Rock in Temescal Gateway Park.

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    Rock Star Hike

    The sandstone giants of Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park might be the coolest damn formations in SoCal. Explore the craggy slabs on a 2.5-mile hike.

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    Road Trip Ahead: Oregon Outback

    Remote open spaces, camping under true Dark Skies, hiking and biking trails galore, wildlife refuges, and hot springs! Plan your road trip to the Oregon Outback this summer.

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    Vetter Vistas

    Epic lookout! This 3-mile (round-trip) hike takes you to the summit of Vetter Mountain and its recently finished lookout, where you get some of the best views the San Gabriels have to offer.

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    Good Morton!

    The panoramic views from Morton Peak Fire Lookout are some of the best in the San Bernardinos. Hike a 5.25-mile (round-trip) grind that climbs 1,400 feet to the summit on a fire road.

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    Strawberry Sunday

    The 2.5-mile (round-trip) lollipop loop climb to the Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout near the town of Lake Arrowhead dishes up some delicious views.

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    Hike Ferndell to Berlin

    The 0.5-mile Ferndell Nature Walk features a shaded dirt path and a running creek with miniature waterfalls. The path ends at Griffith Observatory, but your adventure continues to the Berlin Forest.

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    Three National Parks ... Re-opened!

    A lot of national parks are closed because of Covid-19, but it doesn't hurt to be optimistic in planning for the future. Here 3 we can't wait to get back to, along with some top hikes to do.

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    New Rules of the Trail

    As some parks around California begin to re-open, we came up with tips for being responsible on your outdoor adventures. Let’s do our part so we can all keep enjoying the parks.

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    Go Get a Lytle

    Go on a little adventure hiking to Stone House Camp with big valley views, creekside relaxation, and shaded campsites—all within a 1.8-mile out-and-back  hike.

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    Catch the Winds!

    Proof that you don’t always have to go to the mountains to enjoy the mountains? Five Winds Trail in El Dorado Ranch Park, located at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, with an expansive view of Mount Baldy and the San Gabriels.

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    Tachevah Canyon

    Grand is great and all, but little canyons can make big impressions too. Take Tachevah Canyon’s rim-to-rim hike in the San Jacinto mountain range. This 4.7-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike features some dynamic desert landscape.

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    New Trail Alert

    Check out the vastly improved trail at the Edward and Frances Hunter Arboretum on Palomar College’s San Marcos campus.

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    Heart of Stone

    It's just a half-mile hike to Heart Rock at Seeley Creek Falls, where you’ll find a perfectly symmetrical heart-shaped granite bowl carved by nature at the crest of the 25-foot waterfall

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    Bouquet of Waterfalls

    Like a good love letter, some of the best hiking trails are short and sweet. Cue the hike to Bouquet Falls in Santa Clarita Valley’s Bouquet Canyon.

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    Instead of Bonbons: Bonita

    Bonita Falls goes year round, but in winter with snowmelt the waterfall is at its grandest. Hike to this oasis of the San Gabriels on a 2-mile (round-trip) trek.

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    Fountain to the Falls

    There are three ways to reach the lovely Monrovia Canyon Falls, but only one of them is worthy of being named a good challenge for 2020!

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    Old Towne Orange

    Tour the county’s namesake city via a 2.5-mile hike in El Modena Open Space, followed by a stroll through the charming Old Towne district.

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    Fill Up on Fallbrook

    This small town in northern San Diego County has more than 10 nature preserves. Explore two less-visited hiking havens: Hellers Bend and Dinwiddie Preserve