100 Classic Hikes in Southern California  by Allen Riedel

100 Classic Hikes in Southern California Guide Book

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California  by Allen Riedel
Southern California is a paradise for hikers, offering stunning vistas and diverse landscapes – mountains, forests, deserts, and coastlines are ready to be explored. From Death Valley to the Central Coast, from Santa Lucia Mountains to the Channel Islands and much more, this guide is packed with the cream of the crop. As an added bonus, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California also includes a few areas north of the 37th parallel – the White Mountains, Yosemite, and the eastern Sierra. This new guide is fully loaded with handy features including topographical maps, elevation profiles, full-color photographs, and a hikes-at-a-glance chart to help you find the perfect hike easily and quickly.

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Trails from the "100 Classic Hikes in Southern California" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 100.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 100.

Alta Peak is a magnificent and popular Sierra summit. It is well liked and well traveled, with good reason. From its superior perch, the entirety of Sequoia National Park can be observed. “Breathtakin ...
Three Rivers, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13
Alta Seca Bench—the name means “high” and “dry”—is a beautiful forest island in the sky. Its proximity to big cities belies its calm and serene nature. High above the smog, cars, and people, it is eas ...
Pinyon Pines, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.5
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This island is certainly the most readily accessible of the Channel Islands for the novice hiker, or the visitor seeking a short outing. The scenery here is stunning and impressive; the entire trip is ...
Ventura, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Andrew Molera State Park is unspoiled Big Sur beachfront at its very best. The park, a favorite of hikers and campers, is relatively undeveloped. The park has meadows, the idyllic Big Sur River, a spr ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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The Backbone Trail has been a dream of hikers, naturalists, conservationists, and recreation enthusiasts for nearly half a century. As it finally nears completion, the trail will connect the entire ch ...
Cornell, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Badwater is less of a hike and more of a must-do walking excursion for visitors to Death Valley. There is no trail here, but visitors can walk as far as they wish. This is the transcendent and devilis ...
Death Valley, CA - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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The trail begins across sand, on a walkway of wooden posts connected by rope. The way is wide and level as it wanders and enters a boulder-filled paradise known as the Wonderland of Rocks. This hike t ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.25
Cabrillo National Monument doesn’t have very many hikes, and this really isn’t much of a traditional hike either. The entire trip takes place on a paved road that descends for 1 mile along the San Die ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
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Big Baldy Ridge is an exhilarating hiking destination. The trail is short enough to complete in a couple of hours, and relatively unfrequented for a hike in a national park. A great spot to watch sunr ...
Wilsonia, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.25
From the first few footfalls into Laguna Meadow, the region has a majestic beauty superbly outlined by towering lodgepole and Coulter pines, which grow to prodigious heights in the basin. The valley h ...
Mount Laguna, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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The walk through Icehouse Canyon wanders and climbs through a lovely wooded glen filled with sparkling cascades, vernal pools, lush vegetation, towering pines, ruined structures from near the turn of ...
Mount Baldy, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.5
The scenery on this trip is without compare. Eastern Sierra alpine beauty figures prominently at every twist and turn. The traverse touches the borders of seven named lakes which can all be photograph ...
Aspendell, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11
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Morro Bay State Park is a highly developed recreational area complete with golf course and a campground equipped with showers. Hiking in the park is limited, but the trail to Black Hill is a unsigned ...
Morro Bay, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
Boole Tree Loop is a short jaunt that leads to the largest tree within Sequoia National Forest boundaries. Follow the right fork at the trailhead and climb the shady way; the entire first mile is unde ...
Wilsonia, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
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This hike leads along the vibrant and wild East Fork of the San Gabriel River. With many of the region’s tallest mountains nearby, and lots of high-altitude runoff, this section of the river is one of ...
Johnson Corner, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
Follow the trail as it climbs rather steeply over 600 feet in around half a mile. The steepness is sure to provide a workout, though the short distance makes getting to the top fairly simple. The trai ...
Big Bear Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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Cathedral Lakes are a popular hiking destination along the John Muir Trail in Tuolumne Meadows. Just about anyone with a little gumption can reach one or both of these alpine lakes, though the average ...
Yosemite National Park, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8
Cerro Alto is one of the taller mountains in San Luis Obispo County, and the highest along the West Cuesta Ridge. The views and scenery from its summit are a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the reg ...
Atascadero, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
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This summit not only has the loftiest name of the mountains that overlook Yosemite Valley, but it also has the most commanding view over the grandeur that is Yosemite. Half Dome sits well below the ap ...
Yosemite National Park, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12
From the parking area, the relatively short trail climbs rigorously upward toward the summit. The trail is without shade for nearly the entire trip, though Coulter pines, with their widow-maker footba ...
Lucia, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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