Pacific Crest Trail
Spend a week (or more) hiking and camping this major trail the
runs along the ridgetop of the local mountains.
This is the premier route for extended mountain backpacking trips in Southern California.
Abundant opportunities to explore side trails, camping, fishing, native wildlife and more.
On a very clear day (typically after a major storm) you can see far out to the ocean islands to the
one side and deep across the desert to the other.
Tour Los Padres National Forest
- Large wilderness preserves covering coastal, desert and alpine terrain and sanctuary for the California Condor.
Tour San Bernardino National Forest
- Outdoor wilderness preserves and wildlife sanctuaries.
Tour Cleveland National Forest
- Forest hiking trails traversing the mountains regions of San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties.
Tour Angeles National Forest
- Forest hiking trails traversing the San Gabriel Mountains.
Tour Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Over 150,000 acres of rugged mountain, parkland, beaches and
hiking trails overlooking the L.A. Basin and Pacific Ocean.
Tour Channel Islands National Park
Accessible only by boat, these islands are a primary home for
marine mammals and nesting sea birds. Primitive camping, diving,
sportsfishing and boating opportunities abound. What makes this great
is that the scenic hiking trails are the only to get around the island -
there are no bikes, no cars, no horses to compete with.
Death Valley National Park
3.3 million acre preserve of the most inhospitable and also
scenic terrain in the continental United States. Many historical
landmarks and several species of plant and fish unique only to the
Joshua Tree National Park
Large 870 square mile scenic preserve of desert wildlife.
Abundant camping, picnic grounds and hiking trail opportunities.
Tour Santa Catalina Island
Private Recreation and tourism resort on the largest of the
Channel Islands. Boating, Camping, Wildlife and Watersports.
Scenic trail hiking is the primary mode of land transportation.
Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma
Located on the tip of Point Loma - this major landmark offers the best
scenic views of the San Diego skyline and a host of other great features.
It is also a great vista to watch the big ships sail in or out of San Diego Bay.
The monument includes a tall statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who is credited with the discovery of San Diego Bay on
Sept 28, 1542 and the first European to ever set foot on what is now the US West Coast.
There are also several scenic hiking trails down to tidepools along the coast and a terrific vantage point for whale watching.
Tour Pacific Coast Highway
One writer described it as 'The country's most picturesque stretch of asphalt.'
For many long stretches, the highway separates rolling green hills from high ocean-cliffs overlooking the blue pacific.
And various towns along the way provide even more atmosphere for adventure and flavor.
There are many trailheads leading down to the beach or up into the local hills.
So. California Mountain Ski Resorts
There are six major ski resort areas operating in the San Bernardino Mountains, less than one hour away from the
greater metropolitan area. Activities offer include traditional alpine skiing, snowboarding, family winter fun zones, ski schools
and more. Ski season usually runs from December to April. And during the off-season,
these mountain areas are also a great place to visit to enjoy suberb scenic hiking trails.
Palomar Mountain State Park
Home to giant observatory and scenic mountain trails.
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens
Traditional Japanese Gardens located on the campus of
California State University, Long Beach. Nature paths take you pass
Koi-ponds, golden bamboo,
camellias, irises, waterfalls, Buddhist statues, stone lanterns,
pagoda and tea house.
El Dorado Nature Center
102-acre wildlife sanctuary with nature center, museum, and outdoor
trails. Special ecology exhibits and programs.
Tour Fort Rosecrans
Fort Rosecrans was created by the US military in 1852 on the southern tip of Point Loma.
The coastal scenic trails are one of the most popular places in Southern California for whale watching from the shoreline.
Hellhole Canyon County Preserve
1712-acre preserve with over 11 miles of hiking and equestrian trails.
Explore exquisite oak woodlands, mountain creeks or sweeping hilltop panorama views.
This wildlife habitat hosts mountain lion, coyote, rattlesnakes and various bird species.
Daley Ranch - North Escondido
This historic ranch has been transformed into a 3,058-acre conservation park, owned and operated by the City of Escondido.
The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas.
Daley Ranch offers over 25 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property.
Park Entrance : From Interstate 15, exit on Via Rancho Parkway, go west to Lake Drive, then south to the lake entrance.;
Trails:Located in a coastal canyon, Lake Hodges offers an environment that serves as a pleasant backdrop to a variety of
recreational uses, including fishing, boating, sailing, bike and horseback riding, and picnicking.
The dirt hiking and riding trails around much of the lake wind through ever-changing terrain and biological settings which include streams, lush river valleys,
canopied oak forests, arid rocky terrain and open fields. The topography changes from elevated vistas to marsh-like wetlands.
Leo Carrillo State Beach - West Malibu
This state park includes 1.5 miles of coastal beachfront for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing.
The beach also has tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking.
Tide pools - located near the mouth of Arroyo Sequit are exposed twice daily at low tide.
Hiking Trails - a popular trail is the
Yellow Hill Fire Trail which allows scenic views of the Channel Islands on clear days.
Charmlee Wilderness Park - West Malibu CA
Santa Monica Mountains NRA
Area maintained by the National Park Service, Charmlee Wilderness Park is 590 acres of the best of the Santa Monica Mountains
Coastal Slope environment. The park includes picnic areas, eight miles of hiking trails, native plant displays, and a nature center.
Zuma Trancas Canyons
Santa Monica Mountains NRA
The perennial streams running through here gives Zuma Canyon and Trancas Canyon an abundance of animal and plant life.