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    • Altadena, California

      San Gabriel via Sam Merrill and Mount Lowe Trails

      17.55 mi / 5614 ft gain
      San Gabriel via Sam Merrill and Mount Lowe Trails is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Altadena, California.
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    • Altadena, California

      Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point Loop

      4.1
      10.16 mi / 3369 ft gain
      The trail switchbacks up the mountain before reaching the first historic marker, in 3 miles. These are the remains of the Mount Lowe Railroad, which brought customers to Echo Mountain Resort, also in ruins, nearby. Explore the historic sites, then head up Castle Canyon Trail. A steep climb will ...
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    • Rancho Palos Verdes, California

      Surf Fishing Off Of Inspiration Point

      Tucked away, at the base of Inspiration Point in Palos Verdes is an outcropping of rocks, perfect for surf casting and catching ocean fish, away from the crowds. It's a challenge to get there, but the less travelled spot is used by many professional sportsmen, practicing their skills at fishing f...
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    • Altadena, California

      Thalehaha Falls

      1.71 mi / 679 ft gain
      The trails starts in a foothill neighborhood of Altadena CA at the corner of Pleasantridge Dr. and Rubio Vista Rd. This is one of the better entries into the Angeles National Forest because it is one of the lesser known. Find a place to park on the street and head out on the trail into Rubio Cany...
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    • Los Angeles County, California

      Switzer Falls

      3.4
      3.66 mi / 728 ft gain
      Just off the Angeles Crest highway, you’ll find one of LA’s best waterfalls, Switzer Falls. There is a parking lot just next to the trailhead. If you go on the weekend and run into a crowd, there’s parking near the highway, adding a little distance to your trek. Once you’ve walked through the Sw...
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    • Los Angeles County, California

      Bear Canyon via Switzer Falls Trailhead

      6.67 mi / 1273 ft gain
      Parking: Parking is available at the Switzer Falls Picnic Area, or in the two overflow lots on the hill. You will need an Adventure Pass to leave your car parked here. Make sure to follow posted signs - there are some parking spots that do not allow overnight parking. Amenities: Bear Canyon has...
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    • Altadena, California

      Gabrieleno Trail: Switzer Falls to Hahamonga Watershed

      5.0
      10.14 mi / 814 ft gain
      Gabrieleno Trail: Switzer Falls to Hahamonga Watershed is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near La Canada Flintridge, California.
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    • Altadena, California

      Eaton Canyon to Idlehour Trail Camp

      4.5
      10.99 mi / 3291 ft gain
      Idlehour is nestled deep in the Angeles National Forest, so it feels like you're in the heart of some untapped wilderness instead of six miles away from a bustling metropolis. The trail camp is accessible by foot through a variety of locations, but the most popular route is through Eaton Canyon, ...
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    • Pasadena, California

      Eaton Canyon Falls via Eaton Canyon Trailhead

      4.2
      3.54 mi / 528 ft gain
      The hidden forty-foot-tall Eaton Canyon Falls fills an amphitheater at the top of Eaton Canyon Trail, tumbling into a wide pool that you can rest alongside or wade in. Normally the water is waist deep, but during this recent trip, we found the water only to stop at our ankles as it tends to fluct...
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    • Castaic, California

      Paddle Castaic Lake State Recreational Area

      6 mi
      Castaic Lake is a man made reservoir located 41 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, CA in the town of Castaic. Made up of two bodies of water, separated by a 425-foot dam, Upper and Lower Castaic Lakes have a combined 29 miles of shoreline forming the Castaic Lake State Recreational Area. The s...
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    • Los Angeles County, California

      Mt. Disappointment via Billy Riley Trail

      3.5 mi / 1132 ft gain
      From the 210 Freeway in La Cañada, take California Highway 2 north 14 miles up into the San Gabriel Mountains. Make sure you have your National Forest Pass (sold at REI or Ranger Station) or your Interagency Pass because they have started checking parked vehicles. At the Red Box Picnic area, make...
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    • Los Angeles County, California

      Idlehour Trail

      4.0
      14.89 mi / 4665 ft gain
      Idlehour Trail located near Mount Wilson, California, is an out-and-back trail that is strenuous and can take 8-10 hours if done all at once. There are opportunities to camp off the trail, making this a backpacking trail in the Angeles National Forest as well.  To access the Idlehour Campground ...
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    • Los Angeles County, California

      San Gabriel Peak

      4.0
      2.79 mi / 1040 ft gain
      At 6,000 feet, San Gabriel Peak gives you one of the best views of the Los Angeles basin on the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. As you pass through Muller Tunnel, the trail will be littered with rocks and boulders. A little over 100 feet in, the road will fork in thre...
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    • Whittier, California

      Sycamore Canyon Trail in Turnbull Canyon

      2.0
      3.47 mi / 627 ft gain
      The Sycamore Canyon Park Trailhead can be found at the end of the dirt parking lot off Workman Mill Road. The entrance is off a small road which is pretty easy to miss, but there is a sign off the main road. Soon after you start on the trail, the path opens up onto a larger dirt road for vehicle ...
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    • Agua Dulce, California

      Vasquez Rocks

      5.0
      2.42 mi / 367 ft gain
      This is a Natural Park Area located in Santa Clarita, within the Sierra Pelona Mountains. It features amazing diagonal rock formations, created because of the force between two tectonic plates pushing against each other. This place is a photographer's paradise, and every spot in this 900+ acre l...
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    • Santa Clarita, California

      Hike the PCT and Foot Trail Loop through Vasquez Rocks

      5.0
      5.5 mi / 287 ft gain
      The Pacific Crest Trail and foot trail hike is a 5-mile loop with a quick PCT branch-off that leads under the 14 freeway through a long, well-maintained (but very dark) tunnel.  Pull into the well-marked parking lot and stop in the visitor center to take a look at the topographical park model and...
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