Mount Hillyer hike Los Angeles San Gabriel Mountains hike Angeles National Forest California San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Rising to just over 6,200 feet, Mount Hillyer is actually one of the easier summits to reach in the high country of the San Gabriel Mountains. Beyond its boulder piles and pine forests, the stretched-out summit offers several sweeping views of nearby peaks and canyons. The shortest route to the summit involves hiking 1.33 miles up Mount Hillyer Trail from Horse Flats... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: April 15, 2015
Skull Rock Topanga State Park Pacific Palisades - Skull Rock: head-shaped outcropping on Temescal Ridge in Topanga State Park
Skull Rock sits on the shoulders of Temescal Ridge north of Temescal Gateway Park, delivering broad views over Santa Monica Bay. The head-shaped sandstone formation can be reach as an extension of Temescal Canyon Loop, bringing the hike to 3.8 miles. Skull Rock can also be reached via trailheads further up Temescal Ridge. The nearest trailhead, located in the Palisades... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: March 25, 2015
High Peaks Trail Pinnacles National Monument hike High Peaks trail California Pinnacles National Park
The High Peaks of Pinnacles National Park (formerly known as Pinnacles National Monument) are a one of a kind collection of sky-pointed spires that provide fascinating scenery and a robust hiking experience. The adventurous hike across the top of the Pinnacles crosses a steep, narrow, and impressively constructed trail that is a highlight of any visit to the park. The... Read more.
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Distance: 6 miles – Elevation change: 1325 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: December 26, 2014
Bishops Peak Bishop Peak summit hike San Luis Obispo County Nine Sisters volcanic Morros Bishop's peak
Bishop's Peak, formally known as Bishop Peak, is the most sought after summit in San Luis Obispo. Bishop Peak is the tallest of the Nine Sisters, the picturesque volcanic Morros stretching across San Luis Obispo. The iconic mountain has a rocky crown shaped like a bishop's miter, which provides panoramic views over the city and nearby peaks. The single-track trail to the... Read more.
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Distance: 3.5 miles – Elevation change: 950 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: February 8, 2015
Wonderland Wash Trail Joshua Tree National Park Wonderland Wash Hike
In between Barker Dam Trail and Wall Street Mill Trail is Wonderland Wash Trail, an unmaintained single track through the Wonderland of Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park. This less-traveled trail passes monzogranite mounds that are a popular playground for rock climbers and bouldering enthusiasts. There is no defined end to the trail, but a hike to the prominent rock... Read more.
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Distance: 2.1 miles – Elevation change: 75 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 27, 2015
Joshua Tree Barker Dam Hike joshua Tree National Park Trail desert reservoir dam look hike
Barker Dam Loop visits a small foreign-looking reservoir within the Wonderland of Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park. Hikers of all abilities will enjoy this level 1.5-mile hike. The water can all but disappear during the dry season, so make a point to visit this trail in the winter and spring.The well-marked loop is easy to follow and easy to hike. From the parking... Read more.
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Distance: 1.5 miles – Elevation change: 100 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 27, 2015
Calabasas Peak hike Calabasas Peak Motorway Trail Santa Monica Mountains Trail
Calabasas Peak offers panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Red Rock Canyon Park, and a sliver of the Pacific Ocean. To the north, the peak looks down on the city of Calabasas and a wide stretch of the San Fernando Valley. The 3.6-mile round trip hike to Calabasas Peak travels an easy-to-follow fire road. There is 900 feet of elevation gain along the way, but that... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: April 9, 2015
Red Rock Canyon Park Malibu Agoura Hills Santa Monica Mountains Calabasas California hike
As the name implies, Red Rock Canyon is filled with impressive colorful sandstone. The red rocks stand out from their lush green surroundings to create a dramatic landscape. The canyon lies adjacent to Calabasas Peak, which can be visited in conjunction with the park to form an excellent excursion.The park's "main" entrance is located at the end of Red Rock Road. ... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: April 9, 2015
Hidden Valley Trail Joshua Tree National Park hike California
For an introduction to plant and wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park, visit Hidden Valley. This one-mile loop circles a small valley that is surrounded by tall boulders. Hidden Valley Trail shows off Joshua Tree's rocky landscapes and is a great place to climb around.Hidden Valley Nature TrailTake the path from the parking lot between rock walls into Hidden... Read more.
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Distance: 1 mile – Elevation change: 25 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 27, 2015
Indian Cove Joshua Tree National Park camping and hiking
Beyond its 101-site campground, Indian Cove offers a 0.6-mile long interpretive trail, a picnic area, and plenty of rocks for climbers. The picnic area serves as the starting point for an unmaintained trail up Rattlesnake Canyon. The rock formations around Indian Cove are perfect for bouldering, rock hopping, and more serious climbing. Have some fun in the sun and burn... Read more.
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Distance: 0.6 miles – Elevation change: 25 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 27, 2015

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