Category: Difficulty G

Nice, non-threatning family hikes and nature walks.

Trona Pinnacles

Location: Northwestern San Bernardino County, east of Ridgecrest. From US 395, exit at the Searles Station Cutoff, turn right and head northeast for 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Trona Road and go 8.5 miles to Highway 178. Turn right and head east on Highway 178 for 7.4 miles to the signed entrance to the Pinnacles.…

Trona Pinnacles

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Dos Palmas Preserve

Location: Riverside County, northeast of the Salton Sea. From the Salton Sea State Recreation Area near the town of North Shore on Highway 111 (10.8 miles southeast of Mecca and 67 miles north of El Centro) head east on Parkside Drive for 1.8 miles. Turn right onto Desert Aire Drive, go 0.4 mile and bear…

Dos Palmas Preserve, Coachella Valley, CA

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Fossil Falls

Location: Inyo County, near Olancha. From US 395 (20 miles north of the junction with highway 14), look for Cinder Road, signed for Fossil Falls. Turn right and follow Cinder Road for 0.6 miles to a junction. Turn right and follow the access road another 0.6 miles to its ending at a small parking lot.…

Fossil Falls, Inyo County, CA

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Barnett Ranch Preserve (Ramona)

Location: Ramona. From the intersection of Highway 78 and Highway 67 in downtown Ramona (19 miles east of Escondido and 22 miles west of Julian) head south on 10th St., which becomes San Vicente Road. The preserve entrance will be on your right in 3 miles. Agency: San Diego County Parks & Recreation Distance: 2.5…

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Maple Canyon (San Diego)

Maple Canyon (San Diego) Location: Maple St., San Diego. From the south, take I-5 to the W. Hawthorn St. exit (17a). Merge onto W. Hawthorn St. and take the first right onto State St. Follow State for 0.4 mile, turn right onto Maple and follow it 0.1 mile to a dead end at the trail…

Maple Canyon, San Diego, CA

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Trail of 100 Giants

Trail of 100 Giants Location: Giant Sequoia National Monument, Tulare County. From Highway 65 in Ducor (31 miles north of Highway 99 and 12 miles south of Highway 190) head east on Avenue 56/Fountain Springs Avenue. In 7.6 miles, bear right onto Hot Springs Road. Follow it 20 miles and make a hairpin left turn…

Trail of 100 Giants, Giant Sequoia National Monument

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Cabrillo Tidepools

Cabrillo Tidepools Location: Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, San Diego. From the western end of I-8, head south on Nimitz Blvd. for 1.3 miles. Bear right onto Chatsworth, go 0.9 miles and turn left onto Catalina Blvd. Follow Catalina Blvd. to the park entrance (it becomes Cabrillo Rd. en route). Pay the entrance fee of…

Sea cave, Cabrillo National Monument

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Buena Vista Park (Vista)

Buena Vista Park (Vista) Location: 1601 Shadowridge Drive, Vista, CA. From the east, take Highway 78 to Sycamore Ave. (exit 9). Turn left and go 0.3 mile to Shadowridge Drive. Turn right and go 1.9 miles to the park entrance, on the left. From Carlsbad, take Highway 78 west to Melrose Drive (exit 6A). Head…

Buena Vista Park, San Diego County, CA

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Sea Summit Trail (San Clemente)

Sea Summit Trail (San Clemente) Location: Pico Park, San Clemente. From the north, take the 5 Freeway to Avenida Vista Hermosa (exit 77). Turn right and follow Avenida Vista Hermosa 0.6 mile to Avenida Pico. Turn right and go 0.3 mile to the park entrance, on the right. From the south, take the 5 Freeway…

Sea Summit Trail, San Clemente, CA

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Bogart County Park

Bogart County Park Location: Near Cherry Valley, Riverside County. From points east, take the 10 Freeway to Highland Springs Ave (exit 96). Head north for 2.4 miles to Brookside Ave. Turn left and go one mile to Cherry Ave. Turn right and go 1.5 mile to the park entrance (Cherry Ave. becomes International Park Road). …

Bogart County Park, Cherry Valley, CA

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