Seeing the Forest for the Trees

With all of California's national forests shut down, outdoor recreation is getting slightly squeezed for now. So have patience, take care, and enjoy these beautiful outdoor adventures at parks where you can still forest bathe in the beauty of trees.

Week 08.31.2021
Regions Southern CA

Elysian Metropolis

Forest Bathe at Elysian Park in Los Angeles

Forest bathe at Elysian Park on this 2.5-mile hike with huge metropolis perspectives and plentiful forest bathing among eucalyptus. Then head to Little Ripper Coffee for their signature latte and food.
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Eucalyptus Loop

Hike Among Towering Eucalyptus Trees in Chino Hills State Park

Forest bathing among Australian trees and biting into tasty Australian meat pies—head to the 3.25-mile Eucalyptus Loop in Chino Hills and end with Aussie meat pies at a great local bakery.
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Griffith Park Classic

Hike the Griffith Park Classic Fern Dell to Mount Hollywood

The Fern Dell to Mount Hollywood hike in Griffith Park is a 5-mile instant classic lollipop loop with landmark locales and hidden havens, including the famous observatory, hidden gardens, and an amazing view of the Hollywood Sign.
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Branch Out for Redwoods

Explore the redwood grove at Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia

Pines, birches, oaks, and … redwoods! Branch out to Arcadia’s Los Angeles County Arboretum for a simple 2.5-mile loop featuring surprise specimens (redwoods!) and local classics alike.
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Seed the Day!

Hike Among Redwoods in Orange County at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

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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Weekend Sherpa Podcast: Take it Outside

Weekend Sherpa Podcast: Take it Outside

Weekend Sherpa Podcast: Take it Outside.
Dr Sean Amegadzie bicycle Dantes View Death Valley
Adventure for your earbuds. What's new in the world of the outdoors? Listen to Weekend Sherpa co-founders discuss local hikes, beaches, bike rides, camping spots and all kinds of travel and adventure in California and beyond!
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