Here Are The 7 Best Sunset Hikes In Southern California

Catching a beautiful sunset is SO SoCal. But catching a beautiful sunset after a hike – whether it’s a mini hike, strenuous hike, or somewhere in between – is oh so epic. Here are seven of the best hikes in Southern California that make for the perfect sunset viewing experience. If you really want to make the excursion even more magical, pack a tasty picnic and take it with you so you can enjoy a light dinner as the sun goes down.

Looks like the perfect way to mark the end of the day to us! What are your picks for the best hikes in Southern California to catch the sunset? C’mon, we promise we won’t tell anyone. Maybe.

If you can’t stop thinking about the idea of having a picnic as the sun goes down, here’s an extra little treat for you to check out: The 8 Best Places In Southern California To Go On An Unforgettable Picnic. In there you’ll find even more of the best hikes in Southern California, but this time they involve food. Win-win!

Address: Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA, USA
Address: Torrey Pines State Reserve, 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Address: Griffith Park Drive, Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Address: Forrestal Drive, Forrestal Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, USA
Address: Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, CA, USA
Address: San Bernardino, CA, USA
Address: Cowles Mountain, San Diego, CA 92119, USA
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Best Hikes in Southern California

March 11, 2022

What are some great easy hikes in Southern California?  

California gets all the credit in the world for its beaches (which are quite amazing), but it deserves a lot more for a lot of its other places, too. Southern California is ridiculously beautiful, and while Northern California often gets all the glory for being scenic, you’d be a fool to skip SoCal on the way. Some of our favorite easy hikes in Southern California include amazing gems like the San Juan Loop Trail, which is 2.2 miles long and features beautiful things like a waterfall and awe-inspiring views. Other nice-and-easy hikes in Southern California – all of which involve waterfalls – include the hikes to Holy Jim Falls, Eaton Canyon Falls, and the Orange County Weir Canyon Trail. You’d probably be amazed at just how beautiful SoCal is outside of its beaches; there’s something wonderful around here for everyone. 

What are some of the best scenic hikes in Southern California?  

We don’t know about you, but we are obsessed with some of Southern California’s most amazing scenic hikes. There are plenty to choose from, and each varies in terms of length and skill level required to conquer it. That being said, no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. Prefer waterfalls with your hike? Check out some of the ones listed in the paragraph above, or maybe venture out to Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks to check out the Paradise Falls hike. We also love the Switzer Falls hike in Los Angeles County – who knew there was so much beauty just outside the big city? Other favorite scenic hikes in Southern California include hikes at the Torrey Pines State Reserve, near La Jolla, and if you love Redwood trees (who doesn’t?), be sure to check out the Carbon Canyon Regional Park Redwood Groves, which has a lovely trail going right through. Need more information about these, plus more ideas? Check this article out!  

Address: Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA, USA
Address: Torrey Pines State Reserve, 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Address: Griffith Park Drive, Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Address: Forrestal Drive, Forrestal Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, USA
Address: Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, CA, USA
Address: San Bernardino, CA, USA
Address: Cowles Mountain, San Diego, CA 92119, USA