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Category: Difficulty PG13

Challenging hikes that usually involve more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain, up to 10 miles, with steep stretches. Recommended for experienced hikers.

Devil Big Oak

Devil Canyon (San Fernando Valley)

Devil Canyon (San Fernando Valley) Location: Chatsworth. From the 118 Freeway, take the Topanga Canyon Blvd/Highway 27 exit and head north (turn right if you’re coming from L.A.; left if […]

Milk Ranch Fire Road, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Diego County, CA

Middle Peak (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park)

Middle Peak (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park) Location: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, inland San Diego County.  From San Diego, take I-8 east to Highway 79.  Head north for 2.7 miles, turn […]

Las Llajas Trail Head, Simi Valley, CA

Coquina Mine via Las Llajas Canyon

Coquina Mine via Las Llajas Canyon Location: Evening Sky Drive, Simi Valley. From the 118 Freeway, take the Yosemite Ave. exit. Head north (turn right if you’re coming from the […]

American Flag on Bell Peak, Santa Ana foothills, Orange County, CA

Bell Peak (Orange County)

Bell Peak (Orange County) Location: Robinson Ranch, Orange County, in the foothills of the Santa Mountains.  From I-5 in south Orange County, take the Alicia Parkway exit and go northeast […]

View of Santiago Peak from the Santiago Truck Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Orange County, CA

Vulture Crags

Vulture Crags Location: Modjeska Grade Road, Orange County. Modjeska Grade Road is located off of Santiago Canyon Road, 8.8 miles north of I-5 (via El Toro Road) and 15 miles […]

View of Big Tujunga Canyon from the summit of Strawberry Peak, Angeles National Forest, CA

Strawberry Peak

Strawberry Peak Location: Red Box Picnic Area, Angeles National Forest.  From I-210 in La Canada, take the Angeles Crest Highway northeast for 14 miles and park at the Red Box […]

Clearing with benches in the wetlands at the Willows, Wind Wolves Preserve, San Joaquin Valley, CA

Wind Wolves Preserve

Wind Wolves Preserve Location: South San Joaquin Valley, south of Bakersfield. The entrance is on Highway 166, 13 miles east of the junction with Highway 33 and 10 miles west […]

Aerial perspective of Colby Canyon, Angeles National Forest, California

Josephine Peak via Colby Trail

Josephine Peak via Colby Trail Location: Angeles National Forest. From I-210 in La Canada, take Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) northeast for 10 miles to a dirt turnout by mile […]

View of the San Gabriel Mountains from the Earl Canyon Motorway, San Gabriel foothills, CA

Earl Canyon Motorway

Earl Canyon Motorway Location: La Canada Flintridge, corner of Palm Drive and La Sierra Drive. From the 210 Freeway, take the Ocean View exit and head north (turn right if […]

Eagle Peak seen from the San Diego River Gorge Trail, Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County, CA

Cedar Creek Falls (West Approach)

Cedar Creek Falls (West Approach) Location: 15519 Thornbush Road, Ramona. From Escondido, follow Highway 78 east for about 18 miles. In downtown Ramona when Highway 78 turns left, stay straight […]

Trail descending to Millard Canyon in the Angeles National Forest, CA

Dawn Mine

Dawn Mine Location: Angeles National Forest above Pasadena. From the 210 Freeway, take the Lincoln Ave. exit and head north for 1.9 miles. Turn right on W. Loma Alta Drive, […]

Oakzanita Peak, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Diego County, CA

Oakzanita Peak (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park)

Oakzanita Peak (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park) Location: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, inland San Diego County.  From San Diego, take I-8 east to Highway 79.  Head north for 2.7 miles, turn […]

Cottonwod tree, Mission Creek Preserve, San Bernardino Mountains

Mission Creek Preserve

Mission Creek Preserve Location: Eastern San Bernardino Mountains, northwest of the Coachella Valley. From I-10, take Highway 62 northeast for 4.7 miles and turn left on Mission Creek Road (dirt […]

Footbridge on the Bear Divide Trail, Angeles National Forest

Bear Divide Trail

Bear Divide Trail Location: Western Angeles National Forest between the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and Little Tujunga Canyon. From I-210 in Pacoima, take the Osborne St. exit. Cross […]

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