This popular hike is near Santa Paula, CA. It begins from the Santa Paula Canyon Trailhead, and half the hike is in Los Padres National Forest. National Forest Boundary Line starts 1.5 miles from the trailhead. You don’t need a permit to park or hike to Santa Paula Punch Bowls. The parking lot at the trailhead
This hike is located in Mount Baldy, CA. Hiker parking spots are available by the Mt Baldy Visitor Center near the trailhead. There are limited spots and parking can be challenging on the weekends so go early or go on a weekday if your schedule is flexible. You need to pick up an Adventure Pass
This hike is located in Marr Ranch Open Space in Simi Valley, CA. First, a few things to keep in mind. Although this hike is open year-round, I don’t recommend hiking here with your dog during summer. And since it’s Simi Valley, it can go up to 80 degrees even in cooler months. Check the
This hike is located in Castaic, CA. I was looking for a 6-8 mile moderate hike to get us back in shape, and this hike fit the bill. This trail is open year-round. In early March, the temperature was perfect. It was Saturday, and there were only three cars at the trailhead around 9 AM.
This hike is located in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange, CA. These trails are enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikes, and trail runners year-round. There is a small entrance fee to the park per vehicle. To begin the hike, you can take any trail from the parking lot. They all take you to Historic Dam
This hike is located in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in West Hills, CA. Although the trails are open year-round, the best time to hike it is spring when the rolling hills are green and wildflowers are blooming. Here is another hike from February a few years ago. You can see what it
This was our first hike of the year on Xena’s birthday. Another name for this hike is Secret Passage to Simi Peak. I had to take a photo of her morning face to share. She’s never been a morning dog. When I used to be motivated for super early hikes, I had to carry her