Hikes of Hope and Optimism to End 2020

2020 has been a rocky year. Thankfully the outdoors has provided an outlet for rocking some good vibes, quite literally. Go on some outdoor explorations to hike among painted Rock Snakes with inspiring messages placed on trails, or search for hidden painted rocks filled with messages of gratitude.

Week 12.16.2020
Regions Southern CA

Rock the Hope at Lake Elsinore

Hike the Levee Trail at Lake Elsinore in Southern California

Hike the 4-mile Levee Trail on the shores of Southern California's largest natural freshwater lake, Lake Elsinore, and get a splash of positive energy thanks to the Rock Snake started earlier this year.
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This Walk Rocks

Hike Along the San Diego River at Walker Preserve in Santee

Go on a 2.5-mile out-and-back hike along the San Diego River and find the colorful “Covid-19 Rock Snake” a project encouraging people to spread joy and kindness by adding to the chain of artful rocks.
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Rocking Kindness: Monrovia

Find Gratitude Rocks in Monrovia Los Angeles County

While there may not yet be a rock snake along a Los Angeles trail, in Monrovia you can search for painted rocks with positive messages hidden throughout the town.
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  1. Apple of Your Eye

    That fall feeling is definitely in the air and on display at the Oak Glen Preserve. Apple orchards and colorful leaves are a bonus, as are the apple cider donuts and slushies you can enjoy post-hike.

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    Panoramic coastal views and a killer leg workout combine on this 2.7-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike to secluded Coast Royale Beach in Orange County

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