Category: Rating: 4-6

Decent hikes that offer something of a wilderness experience; worth traveling a short distance for, or combining with other hikes in the area.

Afton Canyon

Location: Mojave desert between Barstow and Baker. From Interstate 15, take exit 221 for Afton Road (38 miles northeast of Barstow, 24 miles southwest of Baker and 74 miles southwest of the state line). Follow Afton Road 3.5 miles to the campground. The road is dirt and rough in some spots but should be navigable…

Afton Canyon, Baker, CA

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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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Suicide Trail (Griffith Park)

Suicide Trail (Griffith Park) Location: Travel Town, Griffith Park. From the 134 Freeway, take the Forest Lawn exit (4) and head south. Make an immediate left onto Zoo Drive and follow it to the Travel Town parking lot. Alternately from the 101 Freeway, take the Barham Blvd. exit (11A or 11B). Head north for 1.1…

Suicide Trail, Griffith Park, Los Angeles

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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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Mother Miguel Mountain

Location: Mt. San Miguel Park, Chula Vista. From the 125 toll road, take the Mt. Miguel Road exit (9) and head east for 0.7 mile. Turn left onto Paseo Veracruz and drive a short distance to the park entrance, on the left. The trail leaves from the north end of the park. If you want…

Mother Miguel Mountain, Chula Vista, CA

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West Mulholland Trails

Location: At the western end of the dirt section of Mulholland Drive, western San Fernando Valley. From the west, take Highway 101 to the Valley Circle/Mulholland exit (29). Turn left onto Calabasas Road and make a quick right onto Mulholland. Go 2.7 miles to Canoga Avenue, make a quick right and an immediate left onto…

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Newhall Pass Open Space

Location: There are two trail heads, both off of the Old Road. This write-up assumes a start from the northern trail head. The approximate address is 23110 The Old Road, Newhall, CA 91231. From Valencia, take I-5 south to Calgrove Blvd./exit 166. Bear right and follow Calgrove Blvd, which becomes the Old Road, for a…

Newhall Pass Open Space, Santa Clarita, CA

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El Dorado Ranch Park (Yucaipa)

Location: Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa. From Interstate 10, take the Oak Glen Road/Live Oak Canyon exit (85) and head northeast for 6.8 miles. The park entrance will be on your left. Alternately, from points south and east, take Interstate 10 to Oak Valley Parkway (exit 92). Head east on Oak Valley Parkway for 1.4 miles…

El Dorado Ranch Park, Yucaipa, CA

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