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Gems in Southern California - 16

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gem Favorite Looking across the San Bernardino Mts, at Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), in the San Gabriel Mts, from the Keller Peak Fire Lookout.

Keller Peak Fire Lookout

(3) Running…, CA
gem Favorite Cool rock formation!!

Eagle Rock

(12) Julian, CA
gem Favorite Inspiration point at Anacapa Island!

Inspiration Point

(5) Anacapa…, CA
gem Favorite San Antonio Falls

San Antonio Falls

(10) Wrightwood, CA
gem Favorite Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory

(8) Hollywood, CA
gem Favorite Clouds begin to fill the sky looking north from Sandstone Peak.

Sandstone Peak

(7) Casa Co…, CA
gem Favorite Mount Rubidoux Cross.

World Peace Tower and Friendship Bridge

(7) Rubidoux, CA
gem Favorite Cooper Canyon Falls in late spring.

Cooper Canyon Falls

(9) Wrightwood, CA
gem Favorite The entrance to the Moreno adobe from the trailhead. One of the many picnic tables can be seen in the background.

Santa Rosa Plateau Adobes

(7) Murrieta, CA
gem Favorite View from behind the sign overlooking Hollywood Reservoir.

Hollywood Sign

(8) Hollywo…, CA
gem Favorite Balanced rock, viewable from afar as well as up close like this. Very cool landmark.

Echo Cliffs and Balanced Rock

(4) Casa Co…, CA
gem Favorite Black Star Waterfall (dry)

Black Star Waterfall

(2) Foothil…, CA
gem Favorite Travertine pools from above.

Travertine Pools

(1) Montecito, CA
gem Favorite Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

(5) Coronado, CA
gem Favorite Murphy Ranch

Murphy Ranch

(7) Santa M…, CA
gem Favorite Anton Knechtel (1823-1903) gravesite at sunset, enclosed by a new wood picket fence.

Anton Knechtel Gravesite

(1) Del Mar, CA

Recommended Routes in Southern California - 208

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Favorite A beautiful, 2000+ year old limber pine; amazing!
Intermediate/Difficult

Dawson Saddle to Mount Baden-Powell

9.1 mi 14.6 km 2,123' Up 646.97 m Up 2,122' Down 646.72 m Down

Wrightwood, CA
Favorite These fields are usually brown in the summer, but during the spring after the rains, it is beautiful!
Intermediate

Talepop Loop

4.2 mi 6.8 km 426' Up 129.94 m Up 426' Down 129.96 m Down

Agoura, CA
Favorite Nice view from Crags Road.
Intermediate

M.A.S.H Out-and-Back

4.8 mi 7.7 km 226' Up 68.94 m Up 226' Down 68.98 m Down

Agoura, CA
Favorite Marion Mountain Trail view
Difficult

San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain

10.7 mi 17.2 km 4,159' Up 1267.69 m Up 4,158' Down 1267.34 m Down

Idyllwi…, CA
Favorite Nice view from Crags Road.
Intermediate/Difficult

Grand Tour

14.8 mi 23.8 km 2,781' Up 847.79 m Up 2,784' Down 848.55 m Down

Agoura, CA
Favorite Looking back east along the trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Crystal Lake to Mt. Islip Loop

9.9 mi 15.9 km 2,687' Up 819.03 m Up 2,690' Down 819.88 m Down

Glendora, CA
Favorite Approaching the thick brush, stay right!
Difficult

Jack Millers Cabin Via Martinez Canyon

20.7 mi 33.3 km 2,711' Up 826.42 m Up 2,711' Down 826.32 m Down

Vista S…, CA
Favorite Entering Live Oak Spring area.
Difficult

Gold Shot Stamp Mill Out and Back

15.7 mi 25.3 km 2,306' Up 702.93 m Up 2,314' Down 705.32 m Down

Anza, CA
Favorite View from the summit of Spitler Peak looking southeast.
Difficult

Spitler Peak Out and Back

10.7 mi 17.3 km 2,577' Up 785.44 m Up 2,577' Down 785.38 m Down

Idyllwild, CA

Southern California Hiking

  • 5,148 Miles 8,285 Kilometers of Trail
  • 208 Recommended Routes
  • 16 Gems Gems
  • 565 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 1,075 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 292 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southern California - 1,724

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3.4 mi 5.4 km #1Monserate Mountain Trail
Difficult
Rainbow, CA
Difficult
Rainbow, CA 12 
2.3 mi 3.8 km #2Coast to Crest Trail: San Dieguito Lagoon
Easy
Solana Beach, CA
Easy
Solana Beach, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #3Carmel Mountain Rd to Little Shaw Valley
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4Lopez Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
Intermediate
Carmel Valley, CA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #5Dust Devil Nature Trail North Loop
Easy
Del Mar, CA
Easy
Del Mar, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #6Dust Devil Nature Trail West Loop
Easy
Del Mar, CA
Easy
Del Mar, CA
1.7 mi 2.8 km #7Fry Creek Trail #1E05
Easy/Intermediate
Aguanga, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Aguanga, CA
3.0 mi 4.9 km #8Mortero Palms to Goat Canyon Trestle Trail
Difficult
Campo, CA
Difficult
Campo, CA
0.8 mi 1.2 km #9Mortero Palms Technical Bypass
Difficult
Campo, CA
Difficult
Campo, CA
5.2 mi 8.4 km #10Coast to Crest Trail: Upper Santa Ysabel Fireroad
Intermediate
Ramona, CA
Intermediate
Ramona, CA

Photos of Southern California - 2,554

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Summit of Mt. San Antonio facing south-east.
Aug 5, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Mar 18, 2018 near Borrego…, CA
Dropping down into the Valley of the Moon
Mar 26, 2018 near Cereso…, MX
Windswept trees just below the summit...
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA
Following the leader!
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA
The hike heads up a wash on a path of round stones, making the route somewhat technical for the 1 mile distance.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
Set at the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Mountains, the trail to Bonita Falls is a short distance from the metropolitan Southern California area but feels much more distant.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
Owing to its scenic views and easy network of trails, the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is a popular place for visitors of all ages. The people will then out as you proceed further down the trails and away from the parking area.
Apr 13, 2022 near Rancho…, CA