Leaving the wash on the Willow Hole Trail, Joshua Tree National Park

Willow Hole (Joshua Tree National Park)

Willow Hole  (Joshua Tree National Park) Location: Joshua Tree National Park. From Highway 62 in the town of Joshua Tree (about 6 miles east of Yucca Valley, 27 miles east […]

Battle Mountain, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Piedras Pintadas Trail

Piedras Pintadas Trail Location: Rancho Bernardo Community Tennis Club (part of Rancho Bernardo Community Park), 18402 W. Bernardo Drive, San Diego. From I-15, take the West Bernardo Drive/Pomadero Road exit. […]

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 […]

SHC Oaks (2)

Slaughterhouse Canyon (Murrieta)

Slaughterhouse Canyon (Murrieta) Location: Murrieta, near the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. From I-15, take the Clinton Keith Road exit and follow it southeast for 4 miles to Avenida La […]

Pyramid Lake, northwest Los Angeles County, CA as seen from the Slide Mountain Trail, Angeles National Forest, CA

Slide Mountain Lookout

Slide Mountain Lookout Location: Angeles National Forest, northwest of Valencia and Castaic. From I-5, take the Templin Highway exit. Head west (turn left if you’re coming from the south; right […]

WG Camelia View Trail

Wilderness Gardens Preserve

Wilderness Gardens Preserve Location: Highway 76 between Pala and Pauma Valley, 27 miles east of I-5 and 9.7 miles east of I-15. Turn right onto Bodie Blvd, signed for the […]

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 […]

Panoramic view from the trails of East Walker Ranch, Santa Clarita Valley, CA

East Walker Ranch (Santa Clarita)

East Walker Ranch (Santa Clarita) Location: Santa Clarita, Placerita Canyon.  From L.A., take the 14 Freeway north to Placerita Canyon Road.  Turn right and go 3.4 miles and look for […]

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 […]

Trail marked by a dinosaur in the Santa Ana Mountains, Riverside County, CA

San Mateo Peak

San Mateo Peak Location: Santa Ana Mountains in eastern Orange County.  From I-5 in San Jaun Capistrano, take highway 74 northeast for 23 miles.  Just past the ranger station, turn […]

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 Valley from the Altadena Crest Trail, California

Upper Altadena Crest Trail

Upper Altadena Crest Trail Location: Staging area on the north side of Loma Alta Drive at the intersection with Dabney St. From I-210, take the Lincoln Ave. exit and head […]

View of Rodriguez Mountain in the Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve, Valley Center, CA

Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve

Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve Location: Inland San Diego County near Valley Center. From San Diego, take I-15 north to E Via Rancho Parkway. Turn right and follow Via Rancho […]

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 […]

Top 14 hikes of ’14!

Greetings readers and hikers, I hope this has been a happy, fun and successful year for you all! As is tradition on this site, for the last post of the […]

View from the Castle Canyon Trail, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County, CA

Mt. Lowe Railway Loop

Mt. Lowe Railway Loop Location: Altadena (North of Pasadena), on the corner of Lake Avenue and Loma Alta Drive.  From I-210 in Pasadena, take the Lake Avenue exit and head […]