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Escondido Falls: Best Malibu Waterfall 150 Ft High

Escondido Falls: Best Malibu Waterfall 150 Ft High

Total Miles: 3.49 Time: 1.5 Hrs Difficulty: Easy Best Season: Spring Elevation Gain: 507 ft Max Elevation: 328 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 15 cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: 1 Porta Potty At The Parking Lot Trail Popularity: Extremely...

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30 Fun Snow Hikes In Southern California: By County

30 Fun Snow Hikes In Southern California: By County

What's up guys. Since we got a really good dump a few weeks ago, I compiled a list of many, but certainly not all, SoCal hikes which get snow almost every year. If you plan on getting out there, remember to always check the weather forecast before stepping on the...

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Ferndell Nature Trail To Griffith Observatory Loop

Ferndell Nature Trail To Griffith Observatory Loop

Total Miles: 2.75 Time: 1-1.5 Hrs Difficulty: Easy – Moderate Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 632 ft Max Elevation: 1140 ft Type of Trail: Loop Parking Lot: Street Parking Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available At The Observatory Trail Popularity: Very...

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Riverside Trail To Vista Viewpoint: Picturesque LA Views

Riverside Trail To Vista Viewpoint: Picturesque LA Views

Total Miles: 2.46 Time: 1 Hrs Difficulty: Easy - Moderate Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 407 ft Max Elevation: 1062 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 50 Cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available At The Parking Lot Trail Popularity:...

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Echo Mountain Hiking Guide: The 8th Wonder Of The World

Echo Mountain Hiking Guide: The 8th Wonder Of The World

Total Miles: 6 (includes 0.2 mile to falls viewpoint & observatory ruins) Time: 3 Hrs Difficulty: Moderate – Hard Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 1566 ft Max Elevation: 3324 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Street Parking Dogs: Allowed On A...

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Bonelli Park Loop: Safe Stroll, Lake Views, & Playgrounds

Bonelli Park Loop: Safe Stroll, Lake Views, & Playgrounds

Total Miles: 1.8 Time: 45 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 107 ft Max Elevation: 1023 ft Type of Trail: Loop Parking Lot: Fits 30+ Cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available Throughout Loop Trail Popularity: High Pics Taken On: Nov...

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Exploring The Cave Of Munits: Best SoCal Cave

Exploring The Cave Of Munits: Best SoCal Cave

Total Miles: 1.53 Time: 45 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 214 ft Max Elevation: 1116 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Street Parking Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available At The Trailhead Trail Popularity: High Pics...

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Hiking Potato Mountain: Home Of The Crazy Potatoes

Hiking Potato Mountain: Home Of The Crazy Potatoes

Total Miles: 4.42 Time: 2 Hrs Difficulty: Easy - Moderate Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 1251 ft Max Elevation: 3425 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Turn Out, Fits 10+ Cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Not Available Trail Popularity: High...

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First Water Via Mount Wilson: Waterfalls Galore

First Water Via Mount Wilson: Waterfalls Galore

Total Miles: 3.25 Time: 1.5 hrs Difficulty: Easy - Moderate Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 1149 ft Max Elevation: 2034 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back (Small Loop Included) Parking Lot: Street Parking Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Not Available Trail...

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11 Best Hikes For Kids In Los Angeles: Fun & Safe!

11 Best Hikes For Kids In Los Angeles: Fun & Safe!

Get your kids to fall in love with the outdoors by tackling one of the easy hikes listed below. After digging through my website for the most kid-friendly hikes in Los Angeles, I came up with eleven trails that are primarily safe, but also easy and fun, so that you...

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Rose Bowl Loop: Hiking Around Pasadena’s Iconic Stadium

Rose Bowl Loop: Hiking Around Pasadena’s Iconic Stadium

Total Miles: 3.08 Time: 1.5 Hrs Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 129 ft Max Elevation: 905 ft Type of Trail: Loop Stroller Friendly: Yes Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 100+ cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available On The Lawn Trail...

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9 Best Los Angeles Hikes For Dogs: Not Your Typical Trails

9 Best Los Angeles Hikes For Dogs: Not Your Typical Trails

I remember the first time I hiked with my dogs, Macy, a Pitbull and German Shepherd mix shown in this post's featured image, and Mina, an enormous full-breed German Shepherd. I felt like I was walking in the mountains with two bodyguards, but I also seemed more...

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11 Best Waterfalls I’ve Hiked In Los Angeles: 2024 Update

11 Best Waterfalls I’ve Hiked In Los Angeles: 2024 Update

Contrary to popular belief LA is not only a dry concrete jungle. Every spring I see dozens of waterfalls come back to life, incentivizing thousands of Los Angelinos to trade the usual screen time for their hiking boots and some fresh air. I grew up and still live very...

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10 Spooky SoCal Hikes Plus Bonus Haunted Places

10 Spooky SoCal Hikes Plus Bonus Haunted Places

Just because summer is over doesn't mean you have to stop hiking. Simply hit the trails that fit in with the season, such as the following ten spooky hikes. These trails include various abandoned ruins, many of which hold very dark secrets, while others gave me eerie...

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17 Best SoCal Hikes For Kids: Safe, Easy, & Fun Trails

17 Best SoCal Hikes For Kids: Safe, Easy, & Fun Trails

Not all trails are steep, sun exposed, backpack-lugging adventures. In fact, a huge portion of them are the complete opposite, and therefore, suitable for small children. I browsed through my entire website to put together a list of the most kid-friendly hikes in...

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Big Dalton Canyon Trail: Gem Of The Glendora Mts

Big Dalton Canyon Trail: Gem Of The Glendora Mts

Total Miles: 2 Time: 45 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 286 ft Max Elevation: 1431 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 20 cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available On The Trail Trail Popularity: Moderate Pics Taken...

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Sycamore Canyon Trail: Whittier’s Perfect Getaway

Sycamore Canyon Trail: Whittier’s Perfect Getaway

Miles: 3.3 Time:  90 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 370 ft Max Elevation: 617 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 20 cars Dogs: Not Allowed Restrooms: Available At The Trailhead Trail Popularity: High Pics Taken On: Aug 9,...

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Mystic Canyon Trail: Stunning Views In The Glendora Mts

Mystic Canyon Trail: Stunning Views In The Glendora Mts

Miles: 1.92 Time: 45 min Difficulty: Moderate Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 707 ft Max Elevation: 1907 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Turnout, Fits ≈ 20 cars Dogs: Allowed on a leash Restrooms: Not Available Trail Popularity: Low - Moderate Pics...

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Henninger Flats: Hike to a Scenic Forest Nursery

Henninger Flats: Hike to a Scenic Forest Nursery

Total Miles: 5.04 Time: 3 hrs Difficulty: Moderate Best Season: All year Elevation Gain: 1531 ft Max Elevation: 2543 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Dogs: Allowed on a leash Restrooms: Available at the flats Feel like learning a bit of local mountain history on your...

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Best Switzer Falls Guide: Secret Falls, Chapel Ruins, Swing

Best Switzer Falls Guide: Secret Falls, Chapel Ruins, Swing

The following info doesn't include the ruins detour nor the extra trek up to the hidden falls. Total Miles: 3.6 Time: 2 hrs Difficulty: Moderate Best Season: Spring (2023 is an exception. It's flowing as of Dec 2023) Elevation Gain: 691 ft Max Elevation: 3247 ft Type...

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Peck Road Water Conservation Park: Riparian Sanctuary

Peck Road Water Conservation Park: Riparian Sanctuary

Many parks have lost their touch with their wild side, resembling a larger version of your lawn. Peck Park retains its unkept and natural beauty, boasting two lakes, stunning views of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains, and offering a wide variety of...

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San Gabriel Peak Hiking Trail Via Eaton Saddle

San Gabriel Peak Hiking Trail Via Eaton Saddle

Distance 2.8 MilesTime~1-1.5 HrsDifficulty ModerateSeasonAll YearElevation Gain971+ FtExperience breathtaking birds-eye views of various local sites of interest, such as Mount Wilson and Mount Lowe Peak, atop San Gabriel Peak. San Gabriel Peak is a moderate-level,...

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26 Best Hikes in Southern California: Caves & 500 Ft Falls

26 Best Hikes in Southern California: Caves & 500 Ft Falls

Looking for abandoned creepy places, breathtaking views, and stunning waterfalls? Say no more. I browsed through my entire site and chose the trails which I believe are the most breathtaking, jaw-dropping, hikes that'll leave you thinking, "How is this located in...

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11 Best Hikes In Los Angeles: Not Found Anywhere Else

11 Best Hikes In Los Angeles: Not Found Anywhere Else

Los Angelinos have been in love with hiking since the late 1800s. With the never-ending list of trails growing each year since the hiking boom at the turn of the 20th century, finding the best hiking trails in Los Angeles can be daunting. But not to worry, I'm here to...

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Trail Canyon Falls: Plus Seasonal Waterfall

Trail Canyon Falls: Plus Seasonal Waterfall

Total Miles: 4.54 Time: 2.5 Hrs Difficulty: Moderate Best Season: Spring Elevation Gain: 1067 Ft Max Elevation: 2481 Ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 20 cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Not Available Trail Popularity: High Pics Taken On:...

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Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area: A Little Known SGV Gem

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area: A Little Known SGV Gem

Distance 3.7 MilesTime2 HrsDifficulty EasySeasonAll YearElevation Gain75 FtSanta Fe Dam holds a very special place in my memories because my parents would bring me here every year in the summer to swim at the lake. It's the perfect place for a day out with the family,...

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Eaton Canyon Falls: Best Guide On Hiking LA’s #1 Waterfall

Eaton Canyon Falls: Best Guide On Hiking LA’s #1 Waterfall

Total Miles: 4.02 Time: 2.5 Hrs Difficulty: Easy Best Season: Spring Elevation Gain: 449 Ft Max Elevation: 1370 Ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Dogs: Allowed On A leash Restrooms: Available At The Parking Lot Trail Popularity: Extremely High I've hiked Eaton Canyon...

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Shoemaker Canyon Road: LA’s Nuclear War Escape Tunnels

Shoemaker Canyon Road: LA’s Nuclear War Escape Tunnels

Distance 5.1 MilesTime2.5 HrsDifficulty ModerateSeasonAll YearElevation Gain1267 FtDid you know LA has two abandoned tunnels that were built in order to escape nuclear attacks during the Cold War? You don’t want to miss walking through the deserted Shoemaker Canyon...

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La Canada Teepee Trail: Bee Farm, Lavender Fields and Views

La Canada Teepee Trail: Bee Farm, Lavender Fields and Views

Distance  4.62 MilesTime ~2.5 HrsDifficulty ModerateSeason All YearElevation Gain 1003 FtThe Teepee trail is a really easy and fun hike within the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. You'll be able to experience fall colors during the autumn months, a fun teepee,...

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Old LA Zoo: Explore Abandoned Ruins In Griffith Park

Old LA Zoo: Explore Abandoned Ruins In Griffith Park

Total Miles: 2.63 Time: 60 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 374 ft Max Elevation: 704 ft Type of Trail: Loop Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 40 cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available At The Merry Go Round Trail Popularity: Moderate Pics Taken...

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9 Best Pasadena Hiking Trails 2024: Peaks, Falls, & Mines

9 Best Pasadena Hiking Trails 2024: Peaks, Falls, & Mines

Pasadena is a beautiful city nestled in the foothills of the Angeles Forest boasting a hiking history that goes as far back as the 1800’s. I grew up near the City of Roses, as it’s commonly referred to, and actually attended Pasadena City College. Therefore, I’m very...

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Claremont Loop: Easy 5-Mile Hike with Views (Drone Shots!)

Claremont Loop: Easy 5-Mile Hike with Views (Drone Shots!)

Distance  5 MilesTime ~3 HrsDifficulty ModerateSeason All YearElevation Gain 839 FtClaremont Loop is a very popular hike nestled in the foothills of the LA National Forest, but only the locals really know about it. It features a nice overlook with multiple benches...

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Paramount Ranch: Old Western Movie Set in LA

Paramount Ranch: Old Western Movie Set in LA

Distance  2.53 MilesDifficulty EasySeason All YearHours of Visitation 8AM - 8PMOne of the most "LA" things you can do is visit an old movie set. Paramount Ranch is definitely one you'll want to check out. Tons of classic movies and popular TV shows were shot in this...

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Topanga Lookout Trail: Best Views In Santa Monica Mts

Topanga Lookout Trail: Best Views In Santa Monica Mts

Total Miles: 2.26 Time: 60 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 348 ft Max Elevation: 2426 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 10 cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Not Available Trail Popularity: Very High Pics Taken On:...

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Murphy Ranch Trail: Abandoned Nazi Ruins In Santa Monica Mts

Murphy Ranch Trail: Abandoned Nazi Ruins In Santa Monica Mts

Total Miles: 2.26 Time: 45 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 615 ft Max Elevation: 849 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Street Parking Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Not Available Trail Popularity: Very High Pics Taken On:...

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Millard Canyon Falls: Scenic Trail To 50 Ft Cascade

Millard Canyon Falls: Scenic Trail To 50 Ft Cascade

Miles: 1.3 Time:  45 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: Mid-Late Spring Elevation Gain: 308 ft Max Elevation: 2108 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits 30+ cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available At The Trailhead/Campground Trail Popularity:...

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Brown Mountain Dam: 80 Ft Falls (2 Trailheads Included)

Brown Mountain Dam: 80 Ft Falls (2 Trailheads Included)

Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall is a must-do for SoCal residents! The breathtaking cascade towers above the abundant trees and forms a shallow 3-4 foot pool for you to cool off. Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall is a scenic hike which can be accessed via two trailheads. The...

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Exploring The Vanalden Cave: A Must-Do Hike

Exploring The Vanalden Cave: A Must-Do Hike

Total Miles: 2.65 Time: 60 min Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 510 ft Max Elevation: 1778 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits 20+ Cars Dogs: Not Allowed Restrooms: Available At The Parking Lot Trail Popularity: Moderate Pics Taken...

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Big Horn Mine Trail: Map, Directions, & Bonus Cabin Ruins

Big Horn Mine Trail: Map, Directions, & Bonus Cabin Ruins

Total Miles: 3.84 Time: 2.5 Hrs Difficulty: Easy Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 983 ft Max Elevation: 6894 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 30 cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Available At The Parking Lot Trail Popularity: Very High...

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Dawn Mine Trail: Hike to an Abandoned Gold Mine from 1895

Dawn Mine Trail: Hike to an Abandoned Gold Mine from 1895

Total Miles: 4.66 Time: 2.5 - 3 Hrs Difficulty: Moderate Best Season: All Year Elevation Gain: 1175 ft Max Elevation: 3156 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 10 cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Not Available Trail Popularity: High Want to...

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Mount Lowe Hike: Wander to A Peak Above the Clouds

Mount Lowe Hike: Wander to A Peak Above the Clouds

Distance  3.2 MilesTime 2 HrsDifficulty ModerateSeason All YearElevation Gain 623 FtDid you know you can view the valley from an altitude of 5588 feet as well as amazing sunset views of Mount Wilson, Mount Baldy, and Los Angeles? Visit Mount Lowe peak for your next...

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Lewis Falls In Azusa Canyon & Bonus Secret Falls

Lewis Falls In Azusa Canyon & Bonus Secret Falls

Total Miles: 0.73 Time: 35 min Difficulty: Moderate Best Season: Spring - Fall Elevation Gain: 328 ft Max Elevation: 4197 ft Type of Trail: Out & Back Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 5 cars Dogs: Allowed On A Leash Restrooms: Not Available Trail Popularity: High Pics Taken...

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