Category: Difficulty PG13

Challenging hikes that usually involve more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain, up to 10 miles, with steep stretches. Recommended for experienced hikers.

Viejas Mountain

Location: North of Alpine in San Diego County. From I-8, take the Tavern Road exit (30). Head left on Tavern Road for 0.2 mile to Victoria Park Terrace. Bear right and go 0.9 mile to Victoria Drive. Go 1.4 mile to Anderson Road (easy to miss; if you find yourself heading back south toward the…

View from Viejas Mountain, Alpine, CA

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Fish Canyon Narrows

Location: North of Castaic. From I-5, take the Templin Highway exit (183) and head northeast for 4.1 miles. Park on the side of the road before the metal gate at the intersection with the private Los Angeles City Water and Power Road. Agency: Angeles National Forest/Santa Clarita and Mojave Rivers Ranger District Distance: 10.4 miles…

Fish Canyon Narrows, Angeles National Forest, CA

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Pacifico Mountain (East Approach)

Location: North central San Gabriel Mountains. From La Canada, take the Angeles Crest Highway (highway 2) northeast for a total of 28.4 miles. At Three Points (shortly past Newcomb Ranch) turn left on Santa Clara Divide Road (3N17). Follow this paved, one-lane road for 3.8 miles to a junction. Bear right onto forest road 5N04.…

Pacifico Mountain, Angeles National Forest, CA

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McGinty Mountain

McGinty Mountain Location: East of San Diego, near Alpine. Take Highway 94 east for 5.1 miles past the junction with Highway 125. Turn right onto Campo Road (still Highway 94) and go 4.5 miles to Lyons Valley Rd. Turn left and go 0.7 mile to Jamul Rd. Turn left and go 0.4 mile to the…

McGinty Mountain, San Diego County, CA

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Gaviota Peak and Hot Springs

Location: Gaviota State Park, Santa Barbara County. From Highway 101 (32 miles west of Santa Barbara and 8 miles south of Buellton) take exit 132 for Highway 1/Lompoc. Head east (turn left if you are coming from the north; right if you are coming from the south) and make a quick right onto Gaviota Park…

Ocean view from Gaviota Peak, Santa Barbara County, CA

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Hicks Haul Road

Location: Hicks staging area, Limestone Canyon. From either the 405 or 5 Freeways, take Jeffrey Road and head northeast for 4 miles (from the 5 Freeway) or 6.5 miles (from the 405 Freeway). Bear right at a junction where you will likely see a volunteer from the Irvine Ranch Conservancy checking hikers in. Continue another…

Hicks Haul Road, Orange County, CA

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Borea Canyon (San Bernardino)

Borea Canyon (San Bernardino) Location: N. Chiquita Lane and Daley Canyon Road, San Bernardino. From the 210 Freeway, take exit 78 for Del Rosa Avenue North. Head north on Del Rosa for 1.4 miles. Make a hard right on Bonita Vista Drive East. Go 0.3 mile and turn right onto Osbun Rd. Bear left onto…

Borea Canyon, San Bernardino, CA

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Josephine Peak via fire road

Josephine Peak via fire road Location: Junction of the Angeles Crest Highway and Angeles Forest Highway, San Gabriel Mountains. From I-210 in La Canada, drive northeast on Highway 2 for 9.3 miles to the Clear Creek Information Center, where the Angeles Forest Highway meets from the north. Park in a small dirt turnout on the…

Josephine Peak Fire Road, Angeles National Forest

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Fuel Break Loop (Ojai)

Fuel Break Loop (Ojai) Location: Foothills north of Ojai. From Highway 101, take Highway 33 north for 13.2 miles to downtown Ojai. Follow Ojai Ave (Higway 150) for a mile and turn left on Signal St. Follow Signal St. for 0.5 miles to an intersection with Grand Avenue and bear left to stay on Signal…

Fuel Break Trail, Ojai, CA

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