Everything you need to know for your next hiking adventure.
Ontario Peak Hike (with a hike to Bighorn Peak)
The Ontario Peak hike offers the best of the LA mountain hikes, but without the crowds. You'll have great views, mountain trails, and maybe you'll even spot bighorn sheep (I did!). This hike also includes a side trip to Bighorn Peak, which is worth the short detour.
The Cucamonga Peak Hike via Icehouse Canyon
The Cucamonga Peak hike is one of my favorite LA mountain hikes. The climb is tough but not brutal, the scenery and views are awesome, and the crowds aren't as bad as Mount Baldy.
The Modjeska Peak Hike
The Modjeska Peak hike is challenging - long, steep, and exposed. The hike goes to the second highest point in Orange County, Modjeska Peak, which is a much nicer summit than nearby Santiago Peak. Not a hike for beginners - you need a good level of fitness to safely do this challenging hike.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." Words of wisdom from the man himself, John Muir. We can dream, speculate, and postulate about the Universe, or we can get our hands dirty, go outside, and actually experience it.
The Santiago Peak Hike (aka the Saddleback Mountain Hike)
The Santiago Peak hike (also known as the Saddleback Mountain hike) climbs to Orange County's highest point. Santiago Peak dominates the Orange County skyline on a clear day, and is the highest peak in the Santa Ana Mountains, just begging to be hiked. This hike takes the shortest and most scenic route, the Holy Jim Trail.
The Mt Wilson Trail Hike
The Mt Wilson Trail hike brings you the top of iconic Mt. Wilson, which can be seen from most of LA. It's the mountain with all the antennas on top. Hiking to the Mt Wilson summit gives you great views of all of LA, and the chance to visit the Mt Wilson Observatory, which has museums and a snack bar. It's a tough hike but worth the effort.
The Mt Baldy Hike
Everyone does the Mt Baldy hike, it's the tallest mountain in LA and the San Gabriel range. Mt Baldy's official name is Mt San Antonio, and it's 10,064 feet high. Getting to the top is not easy, it's about 4000 ft of tough climbing, but after the hike to the summit, you can see from the Pacific to the Mojave on a clear day. The hike is well worth the effort.
The Mt Baden-Powell Hike
The 3000 feet of climbing on the Mt Baden-Powell hike will challenge your legs and lungs, but the 360 degree panoramic views at the top make it all worth the effort.
The Peters Canyon Hike: An Orange County Hiking Favorite
If you're looking for a good Peters Canyon hike, this route offers the best of the park. You get great views, well marked trails, and a shady boardwalk through a lush creek. Peters Canyon Regional Park is easily accessible from most of Orange County, and is a great hike that's not too far off the beaten path.