Getting Loopy!

Ever feel like you're going in circles? Maybe it's just the change of season. Go with the flow on any of these five less traveled—and geographically unique—loop hikes. Here's to feeling loopy!

Week: 09.21.2022
Regions: Southern CA

The Holey Spirit

Hike Hole in the Wall Rings Loop in the Mojave Desert

hiker going up a ring cable in Hole in the Wall Rings Loop Trail in the Mojave Desert
Hiker heading up to hike through a canyon in Hole in the Wall Rings Loop in Mojave Desert
Hiker going up between canyon walls at hole in the wall canyon Mojave desert
Hiker coming out of a canyon at Hole in the Wall Rings Loop Trail Mojave Desert
Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Loop Trail serves up the best parts of the Mojave Desert, all in a 1.3-mile loop: vista views, rare geological features, and even a climb through a slot canyon.
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Just in Time for Tahoe!

Fall Adventure Getaway to North Lake Tahoe

woman riding a bike in North Lake Tahoe
woman on laptop North Lake Tahoe
man hiking North Lake Tahoe
couple hiking North Lake Tahoe
Shorter days, cooler nights, and plenty of room to roam: Fall is amazing in North Lake Tahoe! You’re just in time to enjoy North Lake Tahoe’s autumn splendor among trails less crowded.
Autumn's Best in North Lake Tahoe

That's Just Wildwood!

Hike Wildwood Canyon Overlook Trail Near Camarillo

Two Hikers at Wildwood Canyon Overlook Trail in Camarillo there are big mountain views
Hikers at the Camarillo Wildwood Canyon Overlook Trail in Ventura County
Hikers taking in the big mountain panoramic views at Wildwood Canyon Overlook Trail in Ventura County
The farm-to-table agricultural landscape around Camarillo delights with vineyards, lush canyons, and craggy mountains. For a hike combining a trifecta of these views, head to Wildwood Canyon Overlook Trail.
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Simi's Secret Loop

Hike the hidden Woodridge Loop Trail at Long Canyon in Simi Valley

Hiker on a wide open dirt trail at Long Canyon in Simi Valley
Hiker on the Woodridge Loop at Long Canyon in Simi Valley
Hiker on rolling hillside hiking trail at Long Canyon in Simi Valley
Hiker taking a break sitting on a bench overlooking rolling green hills and a winding hiking trail at Long Canyon in Simi Valley
The secluded 2.8-mile Woodridge Loop at Long Canyon in Simi Valley rewards with rolling hills, grassy meadows, unique rock formations, and some of the most magical valley views in Ventura County.
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Volcan High Five!

Hike the Volcan Mountain Five Oaks Loop near Julian in San Diego County

Person peering through telescope at peak of Volcan Mountain in San Diego County near Julian
Hikers on a trail at Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve near Julian in San Diego County
Hiker looking at the ruins of the Old Volcan Mountain Observatory Outpost near Julian San Diego County
Hikers on the trail at Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve in San Diego County
The moderate 5.5-mile round-trip Volcan Mountain/Five Oaks loop hike in the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve near Julian transports you from lush farmland to a summit with panoramic views. And the hard cider post-hike bonus...
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Hidden Horsethief + Highpoint Brewing

Hike at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas

Hiker along a wide trail overlooking the San Gabriels at Horsethief Canyon in San Dimas
Hiker walking under a tree canopy at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas
HIker walking a wide trail at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas
Person sitting at a bench at a highpoint overlooking the San Gabriels at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas
Hike a 2.5-mile loop at hidden Horesethief Canyon Park in San Dimas, then head for some beers at nearby Highpoint Brewing.
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  1. Sebastopol Food & Wine Roll

    One apple farm, three charming towns, multiple wineries, and infinite natural beauty. Savor a perfect autumn day in Sonoma County by biking the West County Regional Trail from Sebastopol to Forestville via Graton. It’s a 17-mile (round-trip) adventure. 

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  2. Hiker taking a photo of sunset at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

    Sunshine and Skyline

    Head to Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve for a 4-mile out-and-back hike on the Bay Area Ridge Trail that offers a front-row seat to spectacular sunsets.

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  3. Hike Los Trancos Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains

    Light of Los Trancos

    In autumn, Los Trancos Open Space Preserve lights up with orange-red maples, yellow hazelnut, and deciduous oaks, making this 2.5-mile hike in the Santa Cruz mountains a wonder-fall destination.

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    Center of Attention

    Central Oregon is home to the craft beer capital of the US, the Deschutes River, and trails for every kind of outdoor adventure: hiking, skiing, paddling, biking, and—of course—relaxing at fire pits.

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  1. Secret Stair Master!

    Step up to a wonderful 2-mile, nearly 1000-step workout in peaceful Pasadena that is part leg labor, part suburban stroll, and all serene secret.

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  2. Hiker at Dos Picos County Park in San Diego County

    Dos Picos

    The 1.4-mile loop around Dos Picos County Park is a small yet mighty gem in northern San Diego County. It's gentle and packs a bunch of scenery.

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  3. U-pick and Hike

    Some of the most delicious anywhere grow on trees high up in the San Bernardino Mountains in the town of Oak Glen, where Los Rios Rancho, So Cal’s largest historic apple ranch, grows 32 varieties, all completely organic, and available as u-picks.

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  4. Hike to an epic vista in the San Gabriels via the Colby Trail in Glendora

    Do It for a Donut!

    Why bust your legs on this 2.25-mile hike in the San Gabriels? Two words: Donuts. Donuts. Okay, you’ll also get great views and a fine workout, but we guarantee that the treat alone merits the trek.

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