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Gems in Southern California - 17

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gem Favorite Looking across the San Bernardino Mts, at Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), in the San Gabriel Mts, from the Keller Peak Fire Lookout.

Keller Peak Fire Lookout

(3) Running…, CA
gem Favorite Cool rock formation!!

Eagle Rock

(12) Julian, CA
gem Favorite Black Star Waterfall (dry)

Black Star Waterfall

(1) Foothil…, CA
gem Favorite A beautiful, 2000+ year old limber pine; amazing!

Mt. Baden-Powell

(1) Wrightwood, CA
gem Favorite San Antonio Falls

San Antonio Falls

(10) Wrightwood, CA
gem Favorite Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory

(8) Hollywood, CA

Recommended Routes in Southern California - 269

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Favorite Bridge to Nowhere, Angeles National Forest
Intermediate/Difficult

Bridge to Nowhere - East Fork Trail #8W13

9.8 mi 15.8 km 814' Up 248.01 m Up 814' Down 248.01 m Down

La Verne, CA
Favorite Lower Eaton Canyon Falls.
Intermediate

Eaton Falls

3.6 mi 5.8 km 382' Up 116.53 m Up 382' Down 116.5 m Down

Altadena, CA
Favorite Balanced rock, viewable from afar as well as up close like this. Very cool landmark.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sandstone Peak Loop

6.1 mi 9.8 km 1,144' Up 348.65 m Up 1,144' Down 348.63 m Down

Thousan…, CA
Favorite Parker Mesa Overlook looking South.
Intermediate/Difficult

Parker Mesa Overlook

7.5 mi 12.1 km 1,469' Up 447.84 m Up 1,471' Down 448.44 m Down

Las Flores, CA
Favorite View from the summit of Mount Woodson
Intermediate/Difficult

Potato Chip Rock

7.1 mi 11.5 km 1,881' Up 573.36 m Up 1,881' Down 573.34 m Down

Poway, CA
Favorite Everything is clear at 5000ft above.  You can even see the tall buildings in Downtown Los Angeles!
Difficult

Mount Wilson

13.6 mi 21.9 km 4,739' Up 1444.47 m Up 4,739' Down 1444.32 m Down

Sierra…, CA
Favorite Sturtevant Falls Trail.
Intermediate

Sturtevant Falls

3.4 mi 5.4 km 639' Up 194.74 m Up 639' Down 194.85 m Down

Arcadia, CA
Favorite Top of the World Sunset
Intermediate

Top of the World Loop

7.1 mi 11.4 km 896' Up 272.95 m Up 901' Down 274.66 m Down

Laguna…, CA
Favorite Everything is clear at 5000ft above.  You can even see the tall buildings in Downtown Los Angeles!
Difficult

Chantry Flat/Mt. Wilson Loop

15.3 mi 24.6 km 4,195' Up 1278.55 m Up 4,183' Down 1274.84 m Down

Sierra…, CA

Southern California Running

  • 6,468 Miles 10,409 Kilometers of Trail
  • 269 Recommended Routes
  • 17 Gems Gems
  • 608 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 1,129 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 213 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southern California - 1,681

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5.1 mi 8.2 km #1El Cajon Mountain Summit Trail
Difficult
Lakeside, CA
Difficult
Lakeside, CA 24 
5.4 mi 8.7 km #2Mt. Baldy Trail #7W12
Difficult
San Antonio Heights, CA
Difficult
San Antonio Heights, CA 25 
3.6 mi 5.7 km #3Pine Knot Trail 1E01
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA 21 
7.4 mi 12.0 km #4Cucamonga Peak Trail #7W04
Difficult
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Difficult
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 17 
1.3 mi 2.0 km #5Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA 22 
3.5 mi 5.6 km #6Icehouse Canyon Trail #7W07A
Intermediate/Difficult
San Antonio Heights, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
San Antonio Heights, CA 19 
3.1 mi 5.0 km #7Devil's Backbone Trail #7W05
Difficult
Wrightwood, CA
Difficult
Wrightwood, CA 19 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #8Rattlesnake Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA 18 
15.1 mi 24.3 km #9Skyline Trail
Intermediate
Big Bear City, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear City, CA
10.2 mi 16.5 km #10Big Laguna Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Valley, CA 13 

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Windswept trees just below the summit...
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA
Summit of Mt. San Antonio facing south-east.
Aug 5, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
Owing to its scenic views and easy network of trails, the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is a popular place for visitors of all ages. The people will then out as you proceed further down the trails and away from the parking area.
Apr 13, 2022 near Rancho…, CA
Set at the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Mountains, the trail to Bonita Falls is a short distance from the metropolitan Southern California area but feels much more distant.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
The hike heads up a wash on a path of round stones, making the route somewhat technical for the 1 mile distance.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
Dropping down into the Valley of the Moon
Mar 26, 2018 near Cereso…, MX
View of the Observatory with Down Town Los Angeles in the distance.
Apr 22, 2019 near Hollywo…, CA
Anacapa Island sunrise. with permission from Elena Omelchenko
Sep 2, 2016 near Anacapa…, CA