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Best Hikes Near Los Angeles

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Here are forty-six of the best hikes within a ninety-minute drive of downtown Los Angeles—from the chaparral-covered slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains to the lush alpine forests of the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto Ranges, and several nature preserves that protect valuable ecosystems and wildlife around the southland. Whether you're in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from: • Paradise Falls• Mishe Mokwa• Paramount Ranch• ...
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Overview

Here are forty-six of the best hikes within a ninety-minute drive of downtown Los Angeles—from the chaparral-covered slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains to the lush alpine forests of the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto Ranges, and several nature preserves that protect valuable ecosystems and wildlife around the southland. Whether you're in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from: • Paradise Falls• Mishe Mokwa• Paramount Ranch• Echo Mountain• Sturtevant Falls• Devils Chair Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, full-color trail map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits. Inside you'll also find a Trail Finder that categorizes each hike (e.g., for attractions such as views, and if it's suitable for families with kids); Green Tips and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area's array of wildlife.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762746415
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Best Hikes Near Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 954,883
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Riedel is a photographer, journalist, author, and teacher. He writes an outdoor column for the Press Enterprise and has authored several hiking guides, including 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California, Best Hikes with Dogs in Southern California, and a number of Best Easy Day Hikes guides.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Weather 5

Preparing for Your Hike 5

Clothing, Shoes, Socks, and Gear 6

Trail Regulations/Restrictions 8

Leave No Trace 8

Play It Safe 10

How to Use This Guide 12

Trail Finder 15

Map Legend 18

Wildwood Park 19

1 Paradise Falls 21

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 26

2 La Jolla Valley Loop 28

3 Mishe Mokwa 33

4 The Grotto 39

5 Backbone Trail-Malibu Springs 44

6 Arroyo Sequit 48

7 Nicholas Flat 53

8 Charmlee Wilderness Park 58

9 Paramount Ranch 63

10 Calabasas Peak 69

11 Temescal Gateway Park 74

12 Will Rogers State Historic Park 79

13 Franklin Canyon 83

14 Wilacre Park 87

15 Runyon Canyon 92

16 Griffith Park 96

Honorable Mentions

A Satwiwa/Rancho Sierra Vista 102

B Solstice Canyon 102

Angeles National Forest 103

17 Echo Mountain 105

18 Rubio Canyon 110

19 Eaton Canyon Falls 115

20 Sturtevant Falls 120

21 Monrovia Canyon Falls 125

22 Twin Peaks 130

23 Devils Chair 135

24 Mount Hawkins 140

25 Mount Lewis 146

26 Mount Baden-Powell 150

27 Big Horn Mine 156

28 Dawson Peak 162

29 Mount Baldy 168

30 Timber Mountain 173

31 Etiwanda Peak 178

Honorable Mentions

C Waterman Mountain 183

D Mount Islip 183

E Mount Williamson 184

F Cooper Canyon Falls 184

San Bernardino National Forest 185

32 Heart Rock Falls 187

33 Aspen Grove to Fish Creek 192

34 Jepson Peak 197

35 San Jacinto Peak 202

36 Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 207

37 Red Tahquitz 211

38 Spitler Peak 217

Honorable Mentions

G Grays Peak 222

H Cougar Crest/Bertha Peak 222

I Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point 223

J Fuller Ridge/Marion Mountain/Devil's Slide/Cactus to Clouds Trails to Mount San Jacinto 223

K Suicide Rock 225

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve 226

39 Santa Rosa Plateau Loop 228

Cleveland National Forest 235

40 Tenaja Falls 237

41 ChiquitoTrail 241

42 Holy Jim Falls 246

Honorable Mentions

L Santiago Peak 251

M San Juan Loop Trail 251

H Sitton Peak 252

Palos Verdes Peninsula 253

43 White Point 255

44 Portuguese Bend 259

45 Point Vicente 264

Santa Catalina Island 268

46 Avalon Canyon/Wrigley Gardens 270

Hike Index 275

About the Authors 276

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