Category: Distance more than 10 miles

San Clemente Loop

San Clemente Loop Location: San Clemente.  As described here, the hike starts from one of several possible points, the end of Cristianitos Road.  From I-5 in San Clemente, take the Avenida Pico exit and go northeast for 3.2 miles (turn right if you’re coming from the south or left if from the north.)  Turn left…

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Sierra Peak

Sierra Peak Location: Corona.  From the south, take I-15 to El Cerrito.  Turn left and go a total of 4.4 miles on El Cerrito, which becomes Foothill Parkway.  At Trudy Drive, make a U-turn and park on Foothill Parkway facing east in one of the few spots designated for the Skyline Trail.  From the 91…

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Thomas Mountain via Ramona Trail

Thomas Mountain via Ramona Trail Location: San Jacinto Mountains on Highway 74, 8.3 miles southeast of the intersection with Highway 243 and 28.4 miles west of Palm Springs.   The trailhead is located in a large lot signed for the Ramona Trail on the southwest side of the road (left if you’re coming from Palm…

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Smuggler’s Cove and Yellow Banks (Santa Cruz Island)

Smuggler’s Cove and Yellow Banks  (Santa Cruz Island) Location:  Channel Islands National Park, off the Ventura coast.   Island Packers is the main travel provider to the Channel Islands National Park.  Visit their site here for schedules, fares and other information. Agency:  Channel Islands National Park/National Park Service Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation gain: 2,100 feet…

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Happy Camp Canyon

Happy Camp Canyon   Location: 14105 Broadway Road, Moorpark.  From L.A. and the Valley, take the 118 Freeway to Princeton Ave.  Turn left and go 1.4 miles to Spring Road.  Turn right and go 1.3 miles to Walnut Canyon Road (Highway 23).  Bear right and go one mile.  The road bends sharply to the left;…

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Sierra Peak from Coal Canyon

Location: Corona, near the Orange/Riverside County boundary. From the 91 Freeway, take the Green River exit and head west for half a mile to a parking lot on the right side of the road, a quarter mile before the entrance to the golf club. Agency: Coal Canyon Ecological Reserve/Cleveland National Forest (Trabuco Ranger District)/Chino Hills…

Fire break, Sierra Peak, Santa Ana Mountains

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Red Tahquitz Peak

Location: San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild.  From highway 243 in Idyllwild, south of the ranger station, go northeast on North Circle Drive.  Go 0.7 miles to a four way intersection and take a right on South Circle Drive.  After 0.1 miles, go left on Fern Valley Road.  At 1.7 miles, pass the parking lot for…

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Little Harbor Loop (Catalina Island)

This post is made possible with support from the Catalina Island Conservancy. Little Harbor Loop (Catalina Island) Location: Airport in the Sky, Santa Catalina Island.  Catalina Express operates boats to Avalon from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.   Catalina Flyer operates boats from Newport Beach to Avalon and Two Harbors.  Once in Avalon, walk to the…

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Santa Catalina Island: East Mountain and Lone Tree Point Loop

Santa Catalina Island: East Mountain and Lone Tree Point Loop Location: Avalon, Santa Catalina Island.  Catalina Express operates boats to Avalon from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.   Catalina Flyer operates boats from Newport Beach to Avalon.  The route described here can be done entirely on foot, so no additional travel arrangements are necessary once…

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