Lopez Canyon, San Diego, CA

Lopez Canyon (San Diego)

Lopez Canyon (San Diego) Location: North San Diego. From the north, take I-5 to the Carmel Mountain Road exit. Turn left, cross over the freeway and turn right onto Vista […]

Black oaks on the trail to Constance Peak, San Bernardino National Forest, CAonstance Peak,

Constance Peak

Constance Peak Location: Highway 38 south of Big Bear Lake. From I-10 in Redlands, take University Ave and head north for one mile. Turn right onto Lugonia/Highway 38 and follow […]

Coyote Hills Trail, SImi Valley, CA

Coyote Hills/Wood Ranch Loop (Simi Valley)

Coyote Hills/Wood Ranch Loop (Simi Valley) Location: Coyote Hills Park, 275 Valley Gate Road, Simi Valley.  From Highway 118, take the First St. exit and go south (turn right if […]

Avalon Panorama

Trans-Catalina Trail

Trans-Catalina Trail Location: Though the most common route for hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail is from Avalon, this is a write-up of the trip in the opposite direction, starting at Two […]

Ferndell, Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Vermont Canyon to Ferndell (Griffith Park)

Vermont Canyon to Ferndell (Griffith Park) Location: North of the Greek Theatre on Vermont Canyon Road, Griffith Park.  From I-5, take the Los Feliz Exit and head southwest (turn right […]

Oakmont Trail, Redlands, CA

Oakmont/Oak Ridge Loop (Redlands)

Oakmont/Oak Ridge Loop (Redlands) Location: Southeast Redlands at Oakmont Park, Sutherland Drive and South Lane. From I-10, take the Yucaipa Blvd. exit. Head south (turn left if you’re coming from […]

Lower Canyonback Trail, Santa Monica Mountains, CA

Lower Canyonback Trail

Lower Canyonback Trail Location: Eastern Santa Monica Mountains. Google Maps lists it as the “Whoops Trailhead.” From I-405, take Sunset Blvd. west for 1.3 miles. Turn right on Kenter Avenue […]

Fire road in the Angeles National Forest

Doc Larsen Loop

Doc Larsen Loop Location: Lakeview Terrace at the corner of Dominica Ave. and Jimenez St. From I-210, take the Wheatland Ave. exit. Follow it north (turn right if you’re coming […]

SanT Ascent

San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary (Redlands)

San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary (Redlands) Location: Redlands. From the west, take I-10 to California Ave. Turn right and follow California Ave for 1.3 miles to Barton Road (note that at […]

View of Mt. Baldy from the Mt. Wilson Toll Road

Mt. Wilson Toll Road

Mt. Wilson Toll Road Location: The easiest access point is the corner of Pinecrest Drive and Bowring Drive in Altadena. No parking is allowed on weekends in the immediate vicinity […]

Winnetka Ridge Trail, Woodland Hills, CA

Winnetka Ridge Trail

Winnetka Ridge Trail Location: Woodland Hills. From Highway 101, take the Winnetka Ave. exit and head south (left if you’re coming from L.A., right if you’re coming from Ventura). Follow […]

Oak Grove ascent

Oak Grove Loop (Chino Hills)

Oak Grove Loop (Chino Hills) Location: Grand Avenue Park, Chino Hills. From the 57/60 Freeways, take the Grand Avenue exit and head southeast for 3.3 miles to the park.  Turn […]

Trail to Strawberry Potrero, Angeles National Forest

Strawberry Potrero via Red Box

Strawberry Potrero via Red Box 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 […]

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 […]

Wildwood Canyon Park trail head, Santa Clarita, CA

Wildwood Canyon (Santa Clarita)

Wildwood Canyon (Santa Clarita) Location: Santa Clarita. From the 14 Freeway, take the Newhall Ave. exit and head west (left if you’re coming from L.A.; right if from Palmdale). Follow […]

Deep Creek, San Bernardino National Forest, CA

Deep Creek Hot Springs via Bowen Ranch

Deep Creek Hot Springs via Bowen Ranch Location: Northwest San Bernardino Mountains between Hesperia and Lake Arrowhead. From I-15 in Hesperia, head east on Main Street for 7.2 miles. Just […]

Los Angeles as seen from the Horse Trail, Pasadena, CA

Horse Trail (Eaton Canyon Natural Area)

Horse Trail (Eaton Canyon Natural Area) Location: Pasadena. From the I-210 freeway, take the Altadena Drive exit and head north (turn right if you’re coming from the east; left if […]