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, […]

Rock Hill Trail: Birdwatching at the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge

This two-mile trail in the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge, right on the Salton Sea, is one of the best ways to explore the shoreline and see the vast array of birds that make the area their home during migrations. The trail is a nice leisurely walk with a short climb at the end, and I […]

Knapps Castle: Hiking Santa Barbara’s Famous Mansion Ruins

Knapp’s Castle is a very popular hike in the hills above Santa Barbara both because it has fantastic views and because it is less than a mile round trip. The area is technically on private property so there is always the chance that the owner will revoke access to this popular spot but that has not […]

Point Castillo Walk in the Santa Barbara Harbor

Point Carrillo is a fantastic viewpoint on the harbor in Santa Barbara. It is accessed via an easy half-mile trail that is used by visitors and locals alike. If you are looking for a nice way to be active while staying in the city or a great viewpoint for sunrise then read on for all […]

Black Star Canyon Falls: One of Southern California’s Best & Most Elusive Waterfall

Located in the hills of Orange County, Black Star Canyon Falls is one of Southern California’s most beautiful waterfalls. The problem with it is that it only flows after a lot of rain, since the area that it drains is relatively small. This makes it an elusive waterfall to see, and one that hasn’t been […]

The Ten Best Redwood Groves in California

The giant redwoods of California are one of the biggest draws for people who visit the state. It’s easy to see why as they are awe inspiring every time you see them. The best way to experience these giants it is to get out on a trail and explore a grove, here are my 10 […]

Redwood Regional Park Stream Trail in Oakland

On a recent trip to Oakland, I was shocked to find out that there is a regional park with coastal redwoods only 15 minutes from downtown. The park features dozens of miles of trails, some heading through redwoods and some just along the ridge. Either way, it is a great spot to get active in […]