Madrona Marsh Preserve Hike in Torrance

The Madrona Marsh, in the middle of Torrance, is one of the last vernal wetlands remaining in the South Bay area of Southern California. With a few miles of hiking trails, it is a great spot to get a little open space time right in the middle of the city. I was surprised by how […]

Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail & Abandoned Oil Well on Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park has lots of great hiking trails. However, if you are looking to see what the island has to offer on a day trip and don’t have the time/stamina to reach Smugglers Cove, then the Scorpion Canyon Loop is a great option (as is Potato Harbor). Here is […]

Potato Harbor Overlook to Cavern Point Trail on Santa Cruz Island

If you are looking for a great hike on a day trip to Santa Cruz Island and don’t want to take on Smugglers Cove, then this is the hike I would recommend. Potato Harbor Overlook is beautiful on its own, but adding the Bluffs Trail and the Cavern Point Trail to it makes it an […]

Smugglers Cove Hike on Santa Cruz Island: Channel Island’s Most Popular Hike

No visit to Santa Cruz Island is complete without a hike to the beautiful beach on the west side of the island known as Smugglers Cove. This is a good 4-5 hour hike, clocking in at just about 8 miles and it should probably not be attempted on a day trip unless you have enough […]

Trail Canyon Falls: A 40 Foot Waterfall in Angeles National Forest

Trail Canyon Falls is a somewhat popular trail on the west side of the Angeles National Forest that has a great waterfall. This 4-mile round trip hike is dog-friendly, with multiple stream crossings and the payoff at the end is the waterfall nestled in a beautiful canyon. It does have a decent amount of elevation and a little […]

Millard Falls: A Family Friendly SoCal Waterfall

Millard Falls is one of those rare hikes where the payoff is incredible considering how easy the hike to it is. It is a very unique Southern California waterfall, as it has a large boulder lodged at the top which creates two streams that cascade into the pool below. The waterfall is accessed by a […]

Three Sisters Falls: San Diego County’s Three Tiered Seasonal Waterfall

Three Sisters Waterfall, about 30 minutes south of Julian, is one of the premier Southern California waterfalls when it is flowing. This set of falls cascade over the rocks and there are three main falls (making up the three sisters). It is best to visit after a good season of rain. While the area is […]

Hermit Falls in Santa Anita Canyon & Sturtevant Falls

The Santa Anita Canyon area in Southern California is one of the most premier spots for hiking in the area with tons of trails. There is an excellent long grind to Mt Wilson, the beautiful and popular Sturtevant Falls and the less popular but still impressive Hermit Falls. I finally got a chance to see […]

Ortega Falls: Hiking to a Waterfall Right Off Highway 74

Ortega Falls is a seasonal waterfall off Highway 74 in Lake Elsinore that is only flowing when we get a good rain. During the rest of the year, it is a popular rock climbing area that people from all over Orange County make their way out to explore. The hike is a short less than quarter […]

Solstice Canyon Trail: Exploring the Waterfall and Ruins

Solstice Canyon is an easy 2-mile hike in the hills of Malibu that takes you to a small waterfall and a collection of ruins. It is an excellent way to get the blood moving, while also seeing some pretty unique sites at the same time. I got a chance to revisit this spot in 2017, […]