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Red Dome

Our introduction to the Sand To Snow National Monument near Palm Springs was a pleasant one! Since we enjoyed exploring the Whitewater Canyon View Loop trail in springtime, I wanted to go back and explore more. So, when we stayed in Joshua Tree last October, we went back and hiked to Red Dome. This mostly

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Stone House and Coyote

I love the desert in cooler months, so I was thrilled when I found out one of our close friends was planning a birthday bash for her fur baby in Joshua Tree last fall. Due to the photo schedule during September and October, I didn’t have much time to explore. I started to feel claustrophobic.

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Mt. Pinos

Mt Pinos is located in the Los Padres National Forest on the boundary between Ventura and Kern counties. At 8,847 feet, Mt Pinos is the highest point in Ventura County. This hike is near Frasier Park (74 miles northwest of Los Angeles). The drive to Mt Pinos from LA was pretty easy and nice. It

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Three Lakes in Three Days

McLeod Lake

Before I share the hikes, I want to tell you a story. I have a very close girlfriend who is more like a sister. I will call her Liz. We’ve been friends for over 15 years. Sadly, Liz was attacked by a dog when she was a child. Due to her childhood trauma, she’s been

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Sunset Peak in Mt Baldy

Sunset Peak in Mt Baldy

There are a few ways to summit Sunset Peak in Mt Baldy. This route is slightly shorter but more challenging (and fun!) than the fire road route. It is also the route I offer through my guided hikes. If you are interested in a moderate route, please refer to this post instead as the route

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Whitewater Canyon View Loop

Some hikes are fun. Some hikes are challenging. Some hikes are just peaceful. And then, some hikes awake you. This hike was one of those. This trail is located in Whitewater Preserve in Sand to Snow National Monument. Whitewater Preserve is located 103 miles east of Los Angeles and 16 miles west of Palm Springs.

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Santa Paula Punch Bowls

Hiking Girl with Dog

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

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