Category: 5 – 7 Miles

Cold Springs Trail to Montecito Peak

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.  — Edward Abbey The Trailhead is located on E Mountain Drive in Santa Barbara. There is a wood sign at the trail. With canopies of trees and a gradual incline, the trail

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Mishe Mokwa to Sandstone Peak

Sandstone Peak is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was overcast and misty. I was surrounded by low heavy clouds on freeways. I almost turned around a couple of times on my way to the trailhead due to low visibility. I was concerned about safety in case the condition was the same on

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Towsley View Loop

Since I enjoyed hiking in the neighboring Placerita Canyon recently, I wanted to explore the area further before summer gets here. Towsley Canyon Park which is part of Santa Monica Mountains is just off the 5 freeway in Santa Clarita. The main parking lot was already full when I reached the trailhead before 8 am so I parked in the

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Popular Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail

Do you like switchbacks? This one is for you! Winter Hike #5:  Altadena, CA It was such a clear day! I’ve hiked this many times before but never seen downtown LA from here until then. I was hiking with my friends and their dog. I was happy for them that they can experience Echo Mountain

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