Southern California has hiking for just about everyone. There are short trails for the beginning hiker, and long interconnected backbone trails for those seeking multi day treks. The climate ranges from cool on the coast to desert inland. There are waterfalls and desert rock formations in different parts of the region.
The Southern California region ranges from Ventura County through San Diego, and from Los Angeles to San Bernadino counties. There is good There is good hiking in all of these areas, but for now, most of the hikes on the site are located in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Near Los Angles, there is really good hiking in the mountains near Pasadena, and in the Santa Monica mountains.
Visit our Discussion Forum for Southern California Hikes for additional information or queries about hiking in Southern California.
On the hikes page of this site you will find descriptions of individual hikes, including a hike to “The Grotto”, an Underground Cavern and pool near Malibu. You can read about Sycamore Canyon Falls, and visit the Sulphur Spring in Cheeseboro Canyon. In the fall, the foliage in this canyon comes cloas to what you would expect to see in the Northeast U.S. You can also view photos from a hike to Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park.
The site also includes links to the web sites of local hiking and conservation organizations, and pointers to maps of the region.
My first 40 mile day hike.
Southern California offers many short day hikes for exploring and recreation throughout their State Parks. They provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, remarkable scenery and free usage or minimal fees, which make exploring the outdoor environment an enjoyable habit.
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My definition of long distance hiking is hiking trips that are three or more weeks. The amount of preparation, and the mindset seems to change around that point. We covered the John Muir Trail and the Camino de Santiago on other pages of this site. On this page we have the Pacific Crest Trail and some tips we have learned along the way.
thebackpacker.com is a great place to meet other backpackers in your area.