Category: Rating: 7-8

Good quality hikes, well worth the travel time.

Amboy Crater

Location: Mojave National Preserve between Barstow and Needles. From Barstow, take I-40 east for 50 miles to exit 50. Turn right and make a quick left on to National Trails Highway (also signed as county route 66 – a former segment of US Route 66). Head east for 26.4 miles to Crater Road. Turn right…

Amboy Crater, CA

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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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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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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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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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Chorro Grande Trail Camp

Location: Pine Mountain, Los Padres National Forest, northern Ventura County. From Highway 33, head east on Pine Mountain Ridge Road (31.5 miles north of Highway 150, 49 miles north of Highway 101 and 5.8 miles south of Lockwood Valley Road). The signed Chorro Grande trail head (23w05) is on the right side of the road…

Chorro Grande Trail Camp, Los Padres National Forest, CA

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