Hiking In Southern California

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Quick Tips: The Essentials

1. Hiking Boots
2. Backpack
3. Large cylinders of water
4. Snacks that provide carbohydrates
5. Sunglasses
6. Sunscreen
7. Extra layers of clothing

You are a local or tourist and you want to hike some amazing trails here in Southern Calfornia, but you are not sure which trails are the best to hike and which trails offer the best views versus the trails that are strenuous on the body. Pack up the back pack, strap on the hiking boots and make sure you have your water ready casue if you want "Things To Do In Southern California" and hiking is your thing here are some great hikes to check out in Southern California.

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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines State Reserve La Jolla California

Located in beautiful La Jolla California this ocean lined hike is rather easy on the muscles and joints. It has a myraid of trails and rock formations with ocean views that are spectacular. The ocean breeze makes this hike easy to walk, but if the sun is on it make sure you have the sunscreen handy and hat to calm the burn to your face. The weather is generally breezy so if you are doing this hike later in the day make sure you have an extra sweater or jacket to place on your body. This 2+ mile hike takes you up the hill then down to the water where you do not want to be stuck at high tide. This hike is for beginners and is not too strenuous on the body.

Top Of Victory

Las Virgenes Canyon Hike Top Of Victory

Not the well known spot like Torrey Pines but the Top Of Valley Circle hiking trail in North Los Angeles can be crowded on the weekends when all the locals go to get their exercise moving. The trail head at the top of Victory off of Valley Circle in West Hills California has multiple trails that is also frequented by mountain bikers in the area. Kids and adults enjoy this hike as you look out over the lush hills of the valley. The hike dips down into some narrow trails so keep on the look out for rattle snakes and poking weeds. During the hot summer months in the San Fernando Valley this trail can become a sweltering nighmare. Bring plenty of water and avoid this trail if temperatures get above 85 degrees. The hike can go for more than 3 miles and you may also encounter coyotes along the way. Bring hat, sunscreen, eyewear and a lot of water.

Lower Malibu Creek Loop

Malibu Rock Point Southern California

This longer 8 mile hike explores the canyons of Malibu State Creek. You will see water, dry areas and the relative quiet of getting away from the hustle and bustle of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). The Rock Pool at the end of the hike is fun to climb and relax after your nearly 7 mile excursion to this point. Bring the water and snacks for this hike. It is not really for children and recommended for young adults 14 years of age and up.

Los Penasquitos Hike

Los Penasquitos Hike Southern California

This hike is a beginner to slightly moderate hike and the duration is from 1 to 3 hours depending on your preference. About the preserve: Los Peñasquitos (meaning little cliffs) Canyon Preserve lies between Rancho Peñasquitos and Sorrento Hills to the north and Mira Mesa to the south. Stretching approximately seven miles from the I-5 and 805 merge to just east of I-15; it encompasses some 4,000 acres of both Peñasquitos and Lopez Canyons. Bring your sunscreen and hiking boots.

Trabuco Canyon / Horsethief Loop

Trabuco Canyon Park Southern California

Thanks to our friend Scott Turner at Modern Hiker for this one. We have heard great things about this hike but just have not had the chance to do it. Quick note this is a long strenuous hike so make sure you are up for the challenge as it will take the better part of a full day to complete round trip as the hike is 12 miles with an elevation gain of close to 3,000 feet. Trabuco Canyon is one of Orange County’s secrets. This long loop built around the deeper parts of the canyon is also one of the most varied and interesting of the routes in the county. You will visit the cool shade of the canyon along with its trickling seasonal creek before climbing up the Horsethief Trail to the main divide of the Santa Ana Mountains for panoramic coastal and interior views. Plunge into a dense thicket of coulter pines and incense cedars before dropping back into Trabuco Canyon along cool north-facing slopes under the shade of bay trees and coast live oaks. The presence of bigleaf maples along watercourses also means that Trabuco Canyon is often Orange County’s best shot at a good fall color display.

Special Thanks to Modern Hiker & JoshMC at California Through My Lens





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