Putting the main bus terminal on the lower level of the long-awaited parking garage at Union Station is among the options the city and state are looking at as the need for housing on the site recedes and talks continue on who will control the revenue from the high-use station. Gov. Show More Summary
Deserts have such a fearsome reputation around the world, but deserts can be both beautiful and at certain times of the year a pleasant place to visit. The dry lands of the American Southwest are no exception. For geologists, the treat...Show More Summary
The Department of Awesome Natural Wonders is currently losing a staring contest with this awesome reptilian eye formed by a waterfall located in Silver Falls State Park in Marion County, OR. This fantastic photo was taken by Jarred Decker in November 2014. Entitled Eye of the Waterfall, prints are available for purchase here. [via Laughing Squid]
October 29 Update: The National Park Service has issued a press release naming 21-year old Casey Nocket of New York as the primary suspect in vandalism cases across eight national parks. They state that “Investigators continue to collect evidence of the crimes, conduct interviews, and are consulting with the U.S. Show More Summary
The Parker Mesa Overlook is perched high above Malibu in Topanga State Park, with expansive views of the coast as well as the LA basin. This out-and-back route clocks in just under seven miles, mostly along a well-graded fire road. The...Show More Summary
Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park is a popular destination for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. This iconic sandstone outcrop sits at an angle that attests to its seismic origins. In fact, there are two fault lines running through the park: the Topanga and the Santa Ynez faults. Show More Summary
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a located in the heart of Sonoma County wine country. Last month, we hit the road to Northern California, spending a few days enjoying Sonoma — my first time visiting. There are many wonderful wineries and...Show More Summary
My gym is about 4 miles from home. And about 4 miles in the opposite direction is the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. This tiny state park is notable mainly for a killer flight of stairs. I find it much more rewarding and satisfying than the StairMaster at the gym, with all the benefits of a […] The post Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook appeared first on SoCal Hiker.
Hiking in the snow? Many people hang up their boots during winter. But with a little equipment, you can hike even in deep snow. How? Snowshoeing! I was new to snowshoeing, and not really sure what it would be like. I’ve gone downhill skiing and snowboarding. Show More Summary
When the heat is on, the coast beckons. This easy, family-friendly hiking trail begins at the historic Pacific Palisades home of Will Rogers and loops up to Inspiration Point. The Inspiration Loop Trail is not challenging. It’s not long. Show More Summary
The Backbone Trail. It’s on the list. This 68 mile trail traverses the entire Santa Monica Mountain range, starting near sea-level at the westernmost end in Point Mugu State Park, the trail climbs to the highest point at 3,111 ft. Sandstone...Show More Summary
Malibu Creek State Park was one of the first areas I hiked when I moved to Southern California. This easy out-and-back trail travels alongside Malibu Creek through some great terrain and old growth oak trees, with a special bonus — a...Show More Summary
“The sun shines not on us but in us.” – John Muir I shot this photo on my first trip to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. We camped near Dos Cabeza — a great home base for hiking, bouldering or just enjoying the sunrise. I have always loved the mountains and the beach, but […] The post Muir Monday: The Sun Shines In Us appeared first on SoCal Hiker.
The California State Park Foundation, in partnership with EveryTrail has created a free iPhone app with detailed information and trail guides for more that 45 of California’s most popular state parks. Combined, these parks draw tens of millions of visitors every year. Show More Summary
The Red Route is one of my favorite hiking trails in Crystal Cove State Park. At 5.5 miles and over 800? of vertical gain, this loop makes for a great workout. The length is about right to make it worth the trip, but won’t take all day. And the scenery is fantastic. The hike down […] The post Crystal Cove Red Route appeared first on SoCal Hiker.
The Green Route in Crystal Cove State Park is a moderate 3 mile loop trail that begins and ends at the El Moro Visitor Center. It travels across a variety of terrain and gives you a good feel for the interior of Crystal Cove State Park. The Green Route begins climbing up No Dogs to […] The post Crystal Cove Green Route appeared first on SoCal Hiker.
Crystal Cove State Park is nestled in the coastal hills between Newport and Laguna Beach. The Blue Route is a hiking trail that traces the boundaries of the inland section of the park, climbing up and down ridge and valley through coastal scrub. I love this park, not only because it’s so well located for […] The post Crystal Cove Blue Route appeared first on SoCal Hiker.
Last week I shared Part 1 of my Sonoma Valley trip, with our hike up Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. In Part 2, I share a family-friendly stroll with historical significance. Jack London was a journalist, author, adventurer, and a farmer. Show More Summary
The San Clemente Beach Trail extends from the Metro Station parking lot at North Beach to Calafia State Beach in the south. It is basically a flat, fairly smooth crushed granite trail that’s shared by walkers, runners, bikers, dogs and strollers. Show More Summary
There are hikes, and then there are adventures. This hike up Whale Peak in the Anza Borrego State Park was a bit of both. This trail guide is one part throw-back (the hike was over two years ago), and one part a cautionary tale of what happens when three experienced hikers venture out into the Anza […] The post Whale Peak in Anza Borrego appeared first on SoCal Hiker.