Potato Chip Rock, Mt. Woodson, San Diego, CA

Mt. Woodson/Potato Chip Rock (East approach)

Mt. Woodson/Potato Chip Rock (East approach) Location: Highway 67 between Ramona and Poway. Use the address 16310 CA-67, Ramona, CA for an approximate location. Parking is available next to the […]

View of Granite and Stonewall from Cuyamaca Peak, San Diego County, CA

Cuyamaca Peak

Cuyamaca Peak Location: Cuyamaca Mountains, eastern San Diego County.  From I-8, 40 miles east of San Diego, take Highway 79 north for 12 miles to the Paso Pacacho Campground on […]

Sunny Jim Cave, La Jolla, CA

La Jolla Coast Walk

La Jolla Coast Walk Location: La Jolla. From the north, take the La Jolla Village Drive exit. Turn right and follow La Jolla Village Drive 0.7 miles to Torrey Pines […]

Wetlands at Tablert Nature Preserve, Orange County, CA

Talbert Nature Preserve

Talbert Nature Preserve Location: There are several access points. The hike described below begins at Fairview Park, Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa. From the 405 Freeway, take the Harbor Blvd. exit […]

Serra Cross, Ventura, CA

Serra Cross from Grant Park (Ventura)

Serra Cross from Grant Park (Ventura) Location: Behind City Hall, Ventura. From the south and east, take the 101 Freeway to the California St. exit (70A). Turn right and follow […]

Zuma Canyon, Malibu, CA

Chumash Indian Trail (Zuma Canyon)

Chumash Indian Trail (Zuma Canyon) Location: Malibu. From Pacific Coast Highway (20 miles northwest of Santa Monica; 25 miles southeast of Oxnard) head north on Busch Drive. Follow it 1.4 […]

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 […]

MD Descent

Mojave Drive (Rancho Cucamonga)

Mojave Drive (Rancho Cucamonga) Location: Rancho Cucamonga, corner of Reales St. and Mojave Drive. From the east, take the 210 Freeway to Archibald. Turn right, go a mile and turn […]

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 […]

Rattle Eucalyptus Grove

Rattlesnake Trail (Orange)

Rattlesnake Trail (Orange) Location: Orange, at the intersection of Randall St. and Kennymead St. From the 55 Freeway, take the Katella Ave. exit. Head east (turn left if you’re coming […]

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 […]

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 […]

La Tour, Victoria Beach, Laguna, CA

La Tour (Victoria Beach, Laguna)

La Tour (Victoria Beach, Laguna) Location: Victoria Beach, Laguna. Access to Victoria Beach is via a staircase located between 2703 and 2713 Victoria Drive. From downtown Laguna Beach, take Pacific […]