Walker Canyon Poppy Super Bloom in Lake Elsinore

Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore is the home of the poppy super bloom for 2019 and by now you have no doubt heard all about this amazing event. For those that haven’t, the fields of Lake Elsinore along the popular Walker Canyon Trail are basically covered in orange poppies for as far as the eye […]

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 […]

Los Pinos Summit and the Story of the Sexy Bikini Panda

By now, if you read my blog, you know that I love hiking and exploring, but I am not someone who is motivated by taking down peaks as much as I am motivated by finding something unique to experience on my hike. So this post is about the hike to Los Pinos and Second Summit […]

The Lookout Roadhouse: Best Breakfast and View in Lake Elsinore

While driving up Ortega Highway, I saw this unique restaurant and knew I needed to stop. Its location, hugging the side of the mountain about 1,500 feet above Lake Elsinore, was a fantastic place to have a meal. There were a lot of other cars in the parking lot when I pulled in, with some […]

Ortega Oaks Candy Store

This little gem on the historic Ortega Highway 74 has been in business, with varying owners, for over 40 years and has been a welcomed retreat for day hikers in the area and motorists driving through. When I went to check out Ortega Falls recently I knew I needed to stop here, partake in the […]