Coon Creek Trail Montaña de Oro State Park hike Coon Creek Canyon Montana de Oro San Luis Obispo California
Coon Creek Trail explores a coastal canyon at the south end of Montaña de Oro State Park. The trail heads inland for 2.5 miles to a pleasant grove of Monterey cypress at the site of an old homestead that has since disappeared. Take a break in the shade of the cypress trees before turning around for a 5-mile round trip hike with 250 feet of elevation gain. Junctions... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 29, 2014
Big Sur River Gorge Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park California Swimming Hole
Big Sur River Gorge is one of the big draws at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, facilitating a romp to a swimming hole in the wilds of Big Sur. An unmaintained trail connects the park's campground to a inviting pool of clear river water in a granite-walled gorge. There are multiple river crossings along the way for a rock-hopping hike of half a mile round trip. Persistent... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 25, 2014
Hare Creek Trail hike Limekiln Trail Limekiln Falls Trail waterfall hike Limekiln State Park Big Sur California Limekiln Creek Limekiln Canyon hiking trail
For pleasant hiking along creeks in canyons shaded by coast redwoods, you can't do much better than Limekiln State Park in Big Sur. A trio of short trails in the park provide variety and great scenery on a 2.65-mile round trip hike with 250 feet of elevation gain. Hare Creek Trail is a supremely peaceful creekside stroll, as is Limekiln Trail, which heads to historic... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 25, 2014
Canyon View Loop Trail Whitewater Preserve Pacific Crest Trail San Bernardino Mountains Palm Springs hike
You would not expect to find a Whitewater River in the vicinity of Palm Springs, but this surprising river is vital for the fertility of the Coachella Valley, bringing wonderful water from the San Bernardino Mountains to the desert below where it empties into the Salton Sea. Journeyman hikers can pass through Whitewater Preserve on the Pacific Crest Trail and day hikers... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 19, 2014
Stenner Creek Canyon to The Eucs in San Luis Obispo Cal Poly hike bike trail
Crafty mountain bikers have built a playground for themselves in a eucalyptus grove in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains near Cal Poly. It is 1.85 miles from a trailhead on Stenner Creek Road to The Eucs, where bikers can zip down freeride trails with impressive banked turns and jumps. Hikers can enjoy the trail up Stenner Creek Canyon too, taking in views of... Read more.
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Distance: 3.7 miles – Elevation change: 650 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 22, 2014
Indian Flats Trail to East ForK San Luis Rey River hike Warner Springs Cleveland National Forest Indian Flats Campground creek hiking
Located in the Cleveland National Forest near Warren Springs, The live oak-shaded Indian Flats Campground is the start of a short trail to a trickling river fork. It is a 0.5-mile round trip hike from the campground down to the East Fork of the San Luis Rey River, which flows down a mountain slope covered in granite boulders filled with interesting pools and passageways... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 21, 2014
Placerita Canyon hike Waterfall Trail seasonal falls Newhall Los Pinetos Creek Waterfall trek Los Pinetos Canyon Falls
Located on the west end of the San Gabriel Mountains, Placerita Canyon Natural Area (also know as Placerita Canyon State Park) is an interesting park that has something for everyone. There are easy canyon trails and tougher backcountry tracks, along with a nature center and an Ecology Trail that offers an easy loop for those interested in local plants. The park has... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: August 12, 2014
Dragoon Gulch Trail Sonora California Sierra Foothills hike
Dragoon Gulch Trail is the primary trail in the city of Sonora in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain. The loop is made up of five short sections, which combine to form a 2.5-mile loop with 325 feet of elevation gain. If you prefer to avoid hiking on pavement, the loop can be reduced to 1.5 miles, without sacrificing the trail's most enjoyable areas.The city... Read more.
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Distance: 2.5 miles – Elevation change: 325 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 20, 2014
Upper Natural Bridge Trail Coyote Creek Natural Bridges of Calaveras County swimming hole tunnel hike Vallecito California
The Sierra Nevada Mountains hold many wonders. Some are famous worldwide, like the silken waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and the giant trees in Sequoia National Park. Others, like the Natural Bridges in Calaveras County, are only famous with locals. These no-less-amazing limestone tunnels make a charming destination for a short hike in the Sierra foothills (and an... Read more.
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Distance: 2 miles – Elevation change: 300 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 23, 2014
Jesusita Trail to Inspiration Point in Santa Barbara, California
Located in the Santa Ynez Mountains, 1,800-feet above Santa Barbara, Inspiration Point provides panoramic views over The American Riviera. It is a moderate 7.7-mile round trip trek up Jesusita Trail to Inspiration Point, gradually checking off 1,400 feet of elevation gain. If you've got a hankering for ocean views from an overlook high above Santa Barbara, don't hesitate... Read more.
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Distance: 7.7 miles – Elevation change: 1800 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 21, 2014

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