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 […]

Tunnel under Highway 74, Orange County, CA

Mesa Loop Trail (Caspers Wilderness Park)

Mesa Loop Trail (Caspers Wilderness Park) Location: Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano.  From I-5 in south Orange County, take the Ortega Highway (route 74) east for 7 1/2 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]