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Gems in Southern California - 16

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gem Favorite Looking across the San Bernardino Mts, at Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), in the San Gabriel Mts, from the Keller Peak Fire Lookout.

Keller Peak Fire Lookout

(3) Running…, CA
gem Favorite Cool rock formation!!

Eagle Rock

(10) Julian, CA
gem Favorite Black Star Waterfall (dry)

Black Star Waterfall

(1) Foothil…, CA
gem Favorite San Antonio Falls

San Antonio Falls

(9) Wrightwood, CA
gem Favorite Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory

(8) Hollywood, CA
gem Favorite Inspiration point at Anacapa Island!

Inspiration Point

(4) Anacapa…, CA

Recommended Routes in Southern California - 255

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Favorite Trail sign
Intermediate/Difficult

Bridge to Nowhere - East Fork Trail #8W13

9.8 mi 15.8 km 814' Up 248.01 m Up 814' Down 248.01 m Down

La Verne, CA
Favorite Lower Eaton Canyon Falls.
Intermediate

Eaton Falls

3.6 mi 5.8 km 382' Up 116.53 m Up 382' Down 116.5 m Down

Altadena, CA
Favorite Parker Mesa Overlook looking South.
Intermediate/Difficult

Parker Mesa Overlook

7.5 mi 12.1 km 1,469' Up 447.84 m Up 1,471' Down 448.44 m Down

Las Flores, CA
Favorite Balanced rock, viewable from afar as well as up close like this. Very cool landmark.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sandstone Peak Loop

6.1 mi 9.8 km 1,144' Up 348.65 m Up 1,144' Down 348.63 m Down

Thousan…, CA
Favorite 90-degree panorama from the Mt. Woodsen Trail centered SSW.
Intermediate/Difficult

Potato Chip Rock

7.1 mi 11.5 km 1,881' Up 573.36 m Up 1,881' Down 573.34 m Down

Poway, CA
Favorite Sturtevant Falls Trail.
Intermediate

Sturtevant Falls

3.4 mi 5.4 km 639' Up 194.74 m Up 639' Down 194.85 m Down

Arcadia, CA
Favorite Everything is clear at 5000ft above.  You can even see the tall buildings in Downtown Los Angeles!
Difficult

Mount Wilson

13.6 mi 21.9 km 4,739' Up 1444.47 m Up 4,739' Down 1444.32 m Down

Sierra…, CA
Favorite Everything is clear at 5000ft above.  You can even see the tall buildings in Downtown Los Angeles!
Difficult

Chantry Flat/ Mt. Wilson Loop

15.3 mi 24.6 km 4,195' Up 1278.55 m Up 4,183' Down 1274.84 m Down

Sierra…, CA
Favorite Top of the World Sunset
Intermediate

Top of the World Loop

7.1 mi 11.4 km 896' Up 272.95 m Up 901' Down 274.66 m Down

Laguna…, CA

Southern California Running

  • 6,272 Miles 10,093 Kilometers of Trail
  • 255 Recommended Routes
  • 16 Gems Gems
  • 545 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 1,106 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 218 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southern California - 1,614

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3.6 mi 5.7 km #1Pine Knot Trail 1E01
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA 20 
5.1 mi 8.2 km #2El Cajon Mountain Summit Trail
Difficult
Lakeside, CA
Difficult
Lakeside, CA 21 
5.4 mi 8.7 km #3Mt. Baldy Trail #7W12
Difficult
San Antonio Heights, CA
Difficult
San Antonio Heights, CA 21 
7.4 mi 12.0 km #4Cucamonga Peak Trail #7W04
Difficult
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Difficult
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 17 
1.3 mi 2.0 km #5Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA 22 
3.5 mi 5.6 km #6Icehouse Canyon Trail #7W07A
Intermediate/Difficult
San Antonio Heights, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
San Antonio Heights, CA 18 
3.1 mi 5.0 km #7Devil's Backbone Trail #7W05
Difficult
Wrightwood, CA
Difficult
Wrightwood, CA 18 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #8Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake Arrowhead, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake Arrowhead, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #9Red Rock Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Foothill Ranch, CA
Intermediate
Foothill Ranch, CA 14 
15.1 mi 24.3 km #10Skyline Trail
Intermediate
Big Bear City, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear City, CA

Photos of Southern California - 2,356

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Windswept trees just below the summit...
May 20, 2019 near Wrightwood, CA
View of the Observatory with Down Town Los Angeles in the distance.
Apr 22, 2019 near Hollywo…, CA
Summit of Mt. San Antonio facing south-east.
Aug 5, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
Dropping down into the Valley of the Moon
Mar 26, 2018 near Cereso…, MX
Anacapa Island sunrise. with permission from Elena Omelchenko
Sep 2, 2016 near Anacapa…, CA
Where the Tijuana River meets the Pacific Ocean. Taken at low tide in the Fall.
Sep 13, 2017 near Imperia…, CA
Looking south from Griffith
Mar 24, 2015 near Univers…, CA
The gorgeous views from Mt. Lukens rarely disappoint.
Jan 1, 2017 near La Cres…, CA