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Knapp’s Castle

Knapp’s Castle Location: Los Padres National Forest north of Santa Barbara. From Highway 101, head north on Highway 154 for 7.8 miles.  Make a hard right on East Camino Cielo and follow it 3 miles (0.9 miles past Painted Cave Road). Park in dirt turnouts on either side of the road. Agency: Los Padres National…

View of the Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara, CA from Knapp's Castle

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Olinda Oil Museum Trail

Olinda Oil Museum Trail Location: Olinda Oil Museum, 4025 Santa Fe Rd, Brea. From the 57 Freeway, take the Lambert Road exit and head east for a total of 2.4 miles (Lambert becomes Carbon Canyon/Highway 142). Turn left on Santa Fe and go 0.3 miles to the park entrance, which is on the right. Parking…

View from the top of the Olinda Oil Museum Trail

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Mt. Wilson/Devore Camp Loop

Mt. Wilson/Devore Camp Loop Location:  Just below the summit of Mt. Wilson.  From I-210, follow Highway 2 (the Angeles Crest Highway) northeast for 14 miles to Mt. Wilson/Red Box Road.  Turn right and follow Mt. Wilson/Red Box Road 4.2 miles.  Legally, you are required to turn right on Mt. Wilson Circle (a one-way street) and…

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Butler Peak Lookout

Butler Peak Lookout Location: Northwest of Big Bear Lake.  From Highway 38, head north on Rim of the World Drive (3.4 miles east of the junction with Highway 18 at the west end of the lake; 2.9 miles west of the discovery center at Fawnskin).  The road becomes dirt after 0.5 miles; it should be…

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Rattlesnake Canyon (Santa Barbara)

Rattlesnake Canyon Location: Santa Barbara.  From the south, take Highway 101 to Salinas St.  Follow Salinas 0.8 miles to a rotary.  Take the second exit on the rotary, signed as Highway 144 and Sycamore Canyon.  Go 1.1 miles and merge onto Foothill Road/Highway 192.  Go 1.1 miles and turn right onto El Cielito.  Follow El…

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Prisoner’s Harbor to Del Norte Campground (Santa Cruz Island)

Prisoner’s Harbor to Del Norte Campground (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: 6.4 miles Elevation gain: 1,450…

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Devil’s Punchbowl Loop

Devil’s Punchbowl Loop Location: High desert near Valyermo and Pearblossom.  From Highway 14, take the Pearblossom Highway exit.  Merge onto Sierra Highway, go 0.8 miles and continue onto Pearblossom Highway.  Go 1.4 miles and turn right on Barrel Springs Road.  Go 3.5 miles and turn right on Cheseboro Road.  Go 0.6 miles and turn left…

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Saddleback Butte State Park

Saddleback Butte State Park Location: High desert east of Lancaster and north of Pearblossom and Valyermo.  From L.A., take the 14 Freeway to the Pearblossom Highway exit.  Merge onto Sierra Highway and follow it 0.8 miles to Pearblossom Highway. Go 4.5 miles and continue onto Avenue T.  Go 11 miles and turn left on 170th…

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Holcomb Crossing Trail Camp Loop

Holcomb Crossing Trail Camp Loop Location: San Bernardino National Forest, between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake, near Green Valley.  From Highway 18, just east of Running Springs, turn left on Green Valley Road.  Go 2.6 miles and turn left on a dirt road signed for Crab Flats (forest road 3N16).  Follow the signs to…

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