Canyon Cooldowns

SoCal may be one of the coolest places to live, but keeping your cool in summer isn’t always easy. Here are three canyon adventures to help you refresh a little when the heat is on.

Week: 08.01.2023
Regions: Southern CA

Add A Little Icehouse

Hike a section of Icehouse Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains

Escape the summer sizzle, bathe in the canyon streams, and explore under tall wooded forests in one of the most magical forested canyons in all of SoCal.
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Medford's Made for Summer

Summer Vacation Road Trip to Medford, Oregon

Located in the heart of Southern Oregon’s sublime Rogue Valley, Medford is a road-trip basecamp made for summer getaways!
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Millard Time

Hike to Millard Waterfall in Los Angeles County

Lace up the waterproof boots for this short hike to one sweet waterfall! The 1.5-mile out-and-back trek to roaring Millard Canyon Falls also makes a splash with stunning panoramas of the San Gabriel Valley.
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Seed the Day!

Hike Among Redwoods in Orange County at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

Hike Carbon Canyon Regional Park Coastal Redwood Grove
Redwoods in Orange County? It's true! Find them on this 2-mile loop hike in Brea's Carbon Canyon Regional Park, home to 241 Sequoia sempervirens specimens. The tallest is nearly 100 feet!
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