All Stories from Southern CA

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    Grizzly and Great Views

    You probably won’t see a grizzly bear on the hike up Grizzly Peak, but you will see locals on this 5.3-mile lollipop loop trail with panoramic mountain views and meadows of wildflowers.

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    Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the entire country and the seventh deepest in the world. For one of the very best perspectives of this shining blue beauty, hike up to Garfield Peak.

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    Lake Hollywood Loop

    Make your next walk of fame in Tinsel Town a serene reservoir hike. This 3.5-mile loop around Lake Hollywood has some of the best views of the Hollywood Sign.

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    Griffith Park Classic

    The Fern Dell to Mount Hollywood hike in Griffith Park is a 5-mile instant classic lollipop loop with landmark locales and hidden havens, including the famous observatory, hidden gardens, and an amazing view of the Hollywood Sign.

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    Downtown Buzz

    Biking the Pacific Electric Trail from downtown Upland to the Claremont Packing House is buzz-worthy in several ways. For starters, it's good on a hot day because most of this 5-mile stretch is shaded. And, you can roll right up to a very noteworthy spot to grab food and artisan coffee.

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    Peak Pedal

    Mountain views by two wheels? You got it! This ride along the Pacific Electric Trail is 10-miles (one-way) from the I-15 through Rancho Cucamonga all the way to downtown Upland. And it comes with expansive views of the San Gabriels, including iconic Cucamonga Peak.

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    Back to the Future

    Remnants of the Pacific Electric Trail’s railroad days are scattered throughout this 10-mile out-and-back ride traversing Rialto and Fontana in SoCal's Inland Empire. This stretch showcases the railroad legacy of the bike path. Old railroad stations and packing houses have been converted for a variety of new uses, including one station that was converted into the Fontana Art Depot.

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    Gateway to Glacier National Park

    It’s known as the Soul of Montana: Kalispell is one of the West’s ultimate mountain towns—only a 30-minute scenic drive to the west side of Glacier National Park. Make the friendly mountain town your home base to these top adventures.

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    LA Discovery Walk

    Wide-open spaces, hidden art, local cuisine, unique wildlife: Take a cultural walk through the San Gabriel Valley on a 3-mile park-to-park discovery route, then go get some delicious craft beers.

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    Goulden Hour

    The Golden State has a hike that’s pure Gould. That’s the name of the trail for this 2.5-mile out-and-back hike that descends more than 500 feet to a secluded valley with a primitive campground.

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    Cherry on Top

    The Ultimate Destination in LA County is easier to reach than you may think! Cherry Canyon Park has a 2.5-mile out-and-back hike with a vista point called, well, the Ultimate Destination.

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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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    Rock of Ages

    Relaxing walks can be filled with wonders, and this one on a college campus should not be taken for granite. Follow the pun by wandering the campus of one of the world’s top scientific institutions, Caltech—home to a best-kept geological secret.

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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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    Positive Steps to Take

    As the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world in March, we joined with local agencies to organize around the outdoors as essential for health and well-being. We're passionate about nature and believe it's important for everyone to be able to access and enjoy equally.