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Malibu Creek State Park

August 2, 2015 — 1 Comment
Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tallgrass plains, oak savannah’s, and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.”

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There are 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands and chaparral-covered slopes. After a good rain, namesake Malibu Creek comes to life.

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The park, formerly owned by 20th Century Fox Studios, opened in 1976 and has welcomed millions of visitors since. The stunning terrain here that has been seen all over the world in movies and television awaits you. Come hike, ride, climb, and explore L.A.’s most spectacular park!

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WHAT: Malibu Creek State Park
WHEN: Sunup to sundown 
WHERE: 1925 Las Virgenes Road (at Mulholland Hwy) | Cornell, CA  91301  

CONTACT INFO: (818) 880-0367

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Wildwood Canyon Park is a short, but very steep climb up a narrow ridge great for beginner and seasoned hikers alike. This is a great hike for residents of downtown L.A. and the Valley. The Vital Link trail ascends the ridge, with great views on both sides.

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At the top, relax and enjoy some well-earned views of the San Gabriel Mountains to the north and Burbank to the south. This is a great place to take pictures and have a final rest and refuel for the ascent.

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WHAT: Wildwood Canyon Park
WHEN: Sun up to sun down
WHERE: 1701 Wildwood Canyon | Burbank CA 91501

CONTACT: (818) 238-5300

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El Dorado Nature Center

December 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

Looking for a bit of nature in the middle of the city? Nestled between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway, El Dorado Nature Center is an oasis of natural habitat, offering visitors the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban environment.

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The 105 acres that make up the Nature Center grounds provide sanctuary for animals and plant life. Two miles of dirt trails and a ¼ mile paved trail wind around two lakes, a stream, and forested areas.

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At the entrance, cross over the wooden bridge that spans the lake and you’ll find yourself on a small island that houses the Visitor Center, containing educational displays and a small gift shop offering environmentally themed books and gifts.

WHAT: El Dorado Nature Center
WHEN: Trails Tuesday – Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Museum Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Closed Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
WHERE: 7550 East Spring Street | Long Beach, CA 90815

DETAILS: 

  • Vehicle Entry Fees: $5 Monday – Thursday, $6 Friday $7 Saturday and Sunday, and $8 Holidays 

CONTACT INFO: (562) 570-1745

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram | Yelp

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Take A Hike Day

November 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

There is no better time to celebrate the brisk beauty that is late autumn than on Take a Hike Day. On November 17th, as the last of the deep red and orange leaves finally relinquish their grasp on their branches and fall crunchily to the forest floor, it’s time to take a hike and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer. Not only is hiking a great way to discover local scenery, there are also many health benefits – both physical and psychological – linked to hiking.

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Depending on the difficulty of the hiking trail you choose to take, and the weight of your backpack, an hour of hiking can easily burn 500 calories. The usually grassy terrain of hiking trails is known to be easier on joints than the hard concrete of an indoor track, reducing your risk of a stress injury while exercising.

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Hiking has been linked to decreasing the symptoms of depression. Removing yourself from the pressures of a busy life and the constant distractions produced by technology will allow you to reconnect with yourself, resulting in increased moods and a sense of well-being.

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Whether you choose to spend your time in self-reflection, or take the family out for an adventure in the forest, don’t forget to take a hike on this November 17th and enjoy the great outdoors! Stay safe out there!

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WHAT: Take A Hike Day
WHEN: November 17, 2014 
WHERE: You choose!

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The Wisdom Tree

November 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

Visit the Wisdom Tree at Griffith Park for a short hike with epic views. Watch the sun set, the city lights come up, and the moon and stars come out. The summit boasts a 360 degree view and single tree visible from the surrounding trails and peaks.

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To get to the trailhead and avoid the maze of Hollywood Hills roads take Lake Hollywood Drive from Barham Blvd. Follow this road through the neighborhood until you see Wonder View Drive heading east. You can’t park on Wonder View, but there’s plenty of free parking on Lake Hollywood. No passes or permits needed (although there’s no parking between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am every night).

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Park along Lake Hollywood Drive and begin your hike heading east up Wonder View Drive. The road ends at a gate and then you’ll continue a short distance on a dirt road.

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You’ll pass a water tower to the left and a power line tower straight ahead. Wonder View Drive continues and a single-track trail splits off to the right. Head up this trail.

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You’ll see a prominent, newly-placed plaque commemorating the land’s protection and listing off some of the donors who chipped in to save it. The trail begins here and really doesn’t waste any time in starting its climb.

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The trail is easy to follow but there are several rugged areas with pretty steep drop-offs. The dirt is your usual, loose San Gabriel slick, so take your time on the descent to prevent slips.

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You’ll ascend almost the entire gain of the trail before you even hit the first mile mark – it’s about 743 feet of gain in 0.78 miles. But while you’re hiking up you’ll have amazing views of Griffith Park.

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If it’s clear, you’ll also be able to see downtown Los Angeles and the Griffith Park Observatory sneaking out from behind the front range.

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As you approach the top of the ridge, the trail splits and makes a sharp turn to the east on a ridge towards the Cahuenga Peak and a sharp turn to the west towards the Wisdom Tree.

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There’s a short spur trail that will take you to the ledge, where you’ll find shade, amazing views, and a fun geocaching with messages.

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Don’t miss an epic sunset at the Wisdom Tree!

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WHAT: The Wisdom Tree
WHEN: Monday – Sunday | 8:00 am – 10:00 pm 
WHERE: Lake Hollywood Drive at Griffith Park

CONTACT INFO: (323) 913-4688

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram

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Take in breathtaking views, hike through restored native habitat, and enjoy a state of the art visitor center at the stunning new urban park, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Visitors can begin to discover, or residents can rediscover Los Angeles from this 511 foot peak just southwest of downtown.

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Exhibits tell the story of this once drilled and exploited land which has now become a symbol of restoration, conservation, and hope.  A short walk away, visitors are treated to a panoramic view of the entire Los Angeles Basin, the Pacific Ocean, and surrounding mountains.

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The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a 57-acre urban state park located 500 feet above the city in the heart of Los Angeles. The park includes a new 10,000 square foot visitor center, observation deck and viewing areas, hiking trails, picnic areas and restored natural landscape.

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The turbulent history of the Baldwin Hills site, from oil wells to plans for massive residential development, stripped this mountain of most of its natural past. A critical part of the design process was to define the period that represented the site in its natural state and to create a suitable environment. Visit the center by scaling the long staircase.

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WHAT: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
WHEN: 8:00 am to Sunset daily
WHERE: 6300 Hetzler Road | Culver City, CA 90232

DETAILS:

  • Parking Fee: $6
  • Alcohol and dogs are  not allowed

CONTACT INFO: (310) 558-5547

SOCIAL MEDIA: Yelp

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Fish Canyon Falls

March 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

Fish Canyon Falls is an eighty-foot tall three-tiered beauty in the San Gabriel Mountains near Azusa. Spring is the perfect time to visit the dynamic waterfall, but access is limited because there is a rock quarry blocking the trailhead. The creation of the quarry resulted in decades of disputed access to what was once one of the most popular destinations to the range. The quarry chewed up the first mile of the trail, reducing the trek to Fish Canyon Falls to four miles round trip with 400 feet of elevation gain. Even in it’s abbreviated form, this still deserves to be one of the most highly regarded hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Since the quarry operators will not allow you to just stroll through their active work zone, there are only certain days when the quarry opens the trailhead to hikers. Typically, hiking to Fish Canyon Falls is permitted two Saturdays per month throughout the spring. The calendar of these dates is available on the quarry website.

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After checking in at the quarry parking lot, a shuttle will drive you to the trailhead. From there, hike straight up the canyon to the falls. The trail takes the left bank of the canyon and climbs above the creek past seasonal wildflowers like sunflowers, wishbone bush, blue dicks, and wallflowers. The trail dips back to the creek where sycamores, bays, and alders provide relaxing shade. Boulders in the creek create small rapids and pools that make the creek that much more soothing.

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The trail climbs gradually up the canyon through sun and shade. After a creek crossing, the trail switches to the right bank and approaches Fish Canyon Falls. It is quite a sight! Water tumbles from the lip of the canyon to an upper pool, then pours down a short falls before streaming down the third and longest tier. There is a decent sized pool at the base of the falls and plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy a snack. The pool beneath the upper falls is not accessible to hikers, but could make for an adventurous climb for those with proper gear.

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For more hiking trails visit Hikes Peak.

WHAT: Fish Canyon Falls 
WHEN:
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WHERE: 
3901 Fish Canyon Road, Azusa, CA 91702

SOCIAL MEDIA: Yelp

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