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Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls

UPDATE: This trail was closed after the Woolsey Fire. Please check the LA County Road Closure website if it’s re-open before you go.  Here is another waterfall hike. This time in Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains. Waterfall hikes are popular. I recommend doing this very early in the morning. A small parking lot is

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Switzer Falls

This short moderate hike is one of the most popular hikes in L.A. I highly recommend doing it super early in the morning or on a weekday if that’s feasible. The trailhead begins at the main parking lot at the bottom of the paved Switzer Truck Trail. If you park at one of the overflow

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Charmlee Wilderness in Malibu

The entrance to the park is clearly marked with a sign on Encinal Canyon Rd. Drive on Carmichael Rd until you see the parking on your right. Get an envelope from the stand (photo below), fill out your vehicle information, then put the money ($4/car) in the envelope and insert it in the slot.  Now

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Lost Horse Mine in JTNP

Unfortunately, this is not a dog-friendly trail. Please respect the trail rule. For history lovers: Even before the California Gold Rush of 1849, prospectors were finding gold in southern California. As the take from the mines in the Sierras petered out, miners fanned out into the deserts. Hot summers, scarce water, limited wood sources, and

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Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space

This is our new favorite springtime hike! When we first time visited in January, the entire place was brown and baldy as you can see in the photo below. Oh, by the way, we parked on the street outside of the park and walked under the Victory Trailhead sign. Around 7:30 am, only a few

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Rainy Day in Big Bear

I just got back from a much needed weekend getaway. Big Bear Lake is only two hours away from LA and at an altitude of 7,000 feet, it is much cooler than home this time of the year. Also, Big Bear is pet-friendly! 🐾 Thick rain clouds rolled in on early Sunday morning and the

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