Southern California January 26, 2021
In 2021, Take These 12 Incredible Southern California Hikes, One For Each Month Of The Year
The New Year is a great time to plan for new adventures, and you can’t go wrong with exploring the outdoors. That’s why we’ve gathered 12 hikes for you to try this year. Go ahead and mark your calendar with these interesting and unique hikes and then get out there to hit the trail!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Bridge to Nowhere, Angeles National Forest
This 10-mile round trip hike through the canyon is located on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. The trail gets its name from an abandoned bridge that was washed away by a massive flood in 1938.
2. Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, Death Valley National Park
Located in Death Valley, it’s best to do this hike between November and May during the cooler months. Don’t forget to bring lots of water, this is one of the hottest and driest places on earth. This trail is on the shorter side at only .9 miles long.
3. Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park
As a 1.7-mile loop trail, this hike is suitable for all skill levels. The trail is best accessed from October until April. Hikers, walkers, and campers all use the trail and there’s some beautiful scenery along the way.
4. Boucher Hill Loop, Palomar Mountain State Park
Pass through forests and streams on this hike, while also taking in views of the desert and ocean. This 3.5-mile loop is a popular hike and resides only two hours from San Diego.
5. Devil's Punchbowl, Angeles National Forest
Take this 7.5-mile round-trip hike through this canyon. It’s a popular place to hike or ride by horseback, exploring the rock formations and natural beauty.
6. Cowles Mountain Trail, Cleveland National Forest
Accessible year-round, this trail is perfect for moderate level hikers. At 3 miles out and back, it won’t take up your whole day and you can take time to explore more of the national forest.
7. Laurel Canyon Trail, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
The Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has 40 miles of trails open for hiking, horseback riding, and cyclists. This particular trail is a 3.3-mile loop and has a waterfall along the way.
8. Murray Canyon Trail, Indian Canyons
At a distance of 4.2 miles, this trail takes about 2 hours to hike. It's best to hike it during the spring, fall, and winter seasons to have the best weather conditions.
9. Smuggler’s Cove Trail, Channel Islands National Park
Considered a strenuous trail, this hike features views of the Pacific Ocean and Anacapa Island. This hike is 7.5 miles long and has plenty of wildlife to see along the way.
10. Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon
If you’re looking for a challenge, Cucamonga Peak is a 12-mile round-trip with a 4000-ft elevation gain. Although strenuous, getting to the summit will be quite the reward!
11. San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek Trail
Calling all hiking enthusiasts! This hike comes in at 17.5 miles round-trip. It also has the highest peak in Southern California at 11,503 ft. The best time to take this hike is from May through October to ensure the best weather.
12. Iron Mountain via Heaton Flat
This hike starts at the same trailhead as the Bridge to Nowhere hike. It’s 14 miles long and you’ll have an elevation gain of 7200 ft.
This selection of hikes has everything from one mile to 17 miles round-trip and everything in between. Which hikes are you looking forward to trying?
Check out the
California Department of Parks and Recreation for more hiking ideas. Be sure to check for trail conditions and closures before visiting any of these incredible trails. Address: Camp Bonita Rd, La Verne, CA 91750, USA Address: Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, California 92328, USA Address: Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA Address: Boucher Hill, California 92061, USA Address: 28000 Devils Punchbowl Rd, Pearblossom, CA 93553, USA Address: Cowles Mountain, San Diego, CA 92119, USA Address: Laurel Canyon Hike, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA Address: 38520 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA Address: Ventura, CA 93001, USA Address: Cucamonga Peak Trail, California, USA Address: Angelus Oaks, San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305, USA Address: Iron Mountain, California, USA