Southern California January 31, 2017
10 Trails In Southern California With An Undeniably Amazing Final Destination
Living in Southern California gives us the opportunity to embrace the outdoors all year-round. One of the most enjoyable ways to get outside and breathe in some fresh air is heading out on a hiking trail. There are many trails to enjoy that may already be on your bucket list, but here are a few more that you may not have had a chance to tackle yet. Some are easy and some are heart-pounding hard, but one thing that remains in common for all of these SoCal trails is that they all have an amazing final destination. Let’s do this!
1. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook -- 6300 Heztler Road in Culver City
If you only have time for a quick hike but you still want an epic payoff at the end of the trail, you'll want to take the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook trail in Los Angeles. It's only 1-mile long, but after climbing the steep set of stairs you'll feel like you just ran a marathon. And then there's the view. Just look at the city from the top. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the ocean.
2. Bluff Cove -- Palos Verdes Peninsula
You don't have to cover a ton of miles to experience a hike with incredible oceanfront views. Coming in at just under two miles, the Bluff Cove Trail at the Palos Verdes Peninsula will take you along a picturesque path that ends with a magnificent view of the ocean that's so beautiful it's almost unreal.
3. Los Leones Canyon Trail at Topanga State Park -- 566 Los Liones Drive in Pacific Palisades
Not only is the view at the top of Los Leones Canyon a jaw-dropping setting, but it also has a bench at the top of the trail to rest your weary feet. And trust me, after this 8-mile strenuous hike you're going to be thrilled to sit down on this bench and look out at the SoCal landscape.
4. Castle Canyon Trail to Inspiration Point -- Altadena
The scenic Castle Canyon Trail to Inspiration Point hike starts off at the historic Cobb Estate in Altadena. It's located at Lake and E. Loma Alta Drive. Clocking in at 10-miles round trip it's quite the journey, but once you reach the top you will be inspired by the endless view.
5. The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak -- Santa Monica Mountains
If you're in need of a challenging hike that will leave you feeling accomplished, then check out the Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Considered one of the top trails in SoCal, this 6-mile hike will take you up an elevation of close to 1,700 feet and will get your blood pumping and heart thumping in no time. The views along the trail and at the end of the trail will remind you exactly why you love the outdoors.
6. Crystal Cove State Park -- Orange County
One of the many benefits of living in Southern California is having access to a variety of beach trails. The beachside trail at Crystal Cove State Park will take you along a 3-mile stretch of sand and stunning ocean views that's hard to beat outside of SoCal.
7. Oso Creek Trail -- 24932 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo, CA
One of the most unexpectedly beautiful hikes in SoCal is hiding in Mission Viejo at Oso Creek Trail. You'll be treated to a well-maintained trail with plenty of signage that will lead you to a breathtaking labyrinth and garden.
8. The Bayside Trail at Cabrillo National Monument -- 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive in San Diego
This two-mile trail in San Diego is the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while treating yourself to a picture-perfect SoCal view. You'll find this trail located inside the Cabrillo National Monument so expect some moderate traffic along the trail from visitors and tourists in the area.
9. Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve -- 1209 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036
Located inside this 3,000-acre preserve in the town of Julian in San Diego County you will find splendid hiking trails. One of the most picturesque trails is the Five Oaks Trail.
You will encounter stunning wildlife, farm country views, and an open meadow filled with nothing but blue sky overhead. The view at the end of the trail will make you appreciate this mountain town in Southern California.
10. Bridge to Nowhere -- Located in Azusa, CA at Sheep Mountain and East Fork Rd
You'll encounter an unexpected bridge along this hike in SoCal that's known to many as The Bridge to Nowhere. This 10-mile hike will take you through rocky terrain and streams as you work your way toward this historic bridge that appears to be hiding in SoCal.
Have you had the chance to check out any of these hiking trails in Southern California? Let us know in the comments which ones are your favorite. If there are other trails that you’d like to see on the next list, please share so we can go out and try some new hiking routes. We always love an excuse to head out on a new trail!
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Address: 1209 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036