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  1. Lookout for Panoramas!

    Lookout hikes are popular because the looking out from them looks really good! And these three viewtiful lookouts are no exception. Summit them before summer and enjoy the panoramas.

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  2. Tune in to Antelope Valley

    Antelope Valley is most famous for its poppy season, but there's a lot more to see and do here: hiking among Joshua trees, wine and beer tasting, and driving the unique Musical Road. Tune in!

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  3. Nature Therapy

    When was the last time your prescription read "explore a lavender labyrinth" or "hike to a summit for sunset." Indeed, Sonoma County is just the dose of wellness and outdoors the doctor ordered.

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    Outdoor Zen in Sonoma County

    Sonoma County’s abundant natural beauty is good for your mind, body, and spirit. From redwoods and rhododendron walks, to yoga in a vineyard, here are five ways to soothe your soul in Sonoma County.

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  5. Secret Canyon Hikes

    Shhh, find some solitude and seriously good views in north San Fernando Valley, where three hikes feature everything from striking rock formations to redwoods.

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  6. Springspiring Hikes in SoCal!

    Secret canyons, Garden of the Gods, vintage Hollywood, and a historic bridge to a beautiful walk … Here are five fun ways to inspire some spring in your step.

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  7. Walk, Wine, Repeat

    Just a few hours from Los Angeles, the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County’s wine country is fruitful with vineyards and small towns with distinct character. Also bountiful? The outdoors! Explore Lake Cachuma, hike Lovers Loop in Los Olivos, and do a self-guided walk in Solvang. Wineries included!

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  8. Panoramic Peak Hikes for Spring

    Wildflowers, wide-open summits, and wowing views: These three hikes in Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire have panoramic summits and inspiring vistas. Spring sensational.

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  9. West's Best National Parks in Spring

    Welcome spring by exploring some of the West’s best national parks. From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon and a few spots in between, here’s a bucket list for your vernal vacations.

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  10. Urban Forest Bathing

    It’s kind of like a bath, but you have your clothes on… and you’re walking through a forest. Okay, it’s not really like a bath. But it’s just as relaxing! From LA to San Bernardino County, these three hikes close to urban environs let you escape for fresh air, beautiful views, and mindfulness among eucalyptus trees.

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  11. Explore Black History Outdoors

    While Black History Month may be coming to a close, its spirit remains year-round and can be observed in outdoor monuments and cultural landmarks throughout Los Angeles County. Here are three to visit.

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  12. Death Valley Double Dare

    As the largest national park in the Lower 48, Death Valley is wondrous, with a landscape raw and rugged and spirited and sublime—from canyons to peaks and dunes, even a massive crater, here's a plan!

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  13. Well Isn't This Romantic

    A three-day weekend that includes Valentine’s Day? Oh wow, are you romance ready? Here are some last-minute ideas for turning up the love dial in the outdoors. Get sweet on ’em!

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  14. Dam Good Hikes!

    You just wanna go on a dam hike! Well, we have a few options for you. These three hikes include historic dams and serene scenery. Dam it all, go do them!

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  15. Sponsored
    2021-04-28

    Outdoor Zen in Sonoma County

    Sonoma County’s abundant natural beauty is good for your mind, body, and spirit. From redwoods and rhododendron walks, to yoga in a vineyard, here are five ways to soothe your soul in Sonoma County.

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  16. Post Storm Outings

    After rain (and snow!) where do you go? Head for hikes with high points overlooking scenery scrubbed clean, find lush new greenery, and go to the flows ... waterfalls have been turned on!

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  17. Secret Heights

    Hike to heights less traveled! These three summits in San Diego County are less popular yet equally spectacular. We hope we’ve piqued your interest.

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  18. Primo Peaks in the San Gabriels

    The San Gabriel Mountains are a crown jewel of SoCal's wild outdoors, providing loads of open space and ahhhmazing mountain scenery. Try these peak and high vantage hikes for a San Gabriels trifecta.

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  19. Secret Vistas

    2021 has a few secrets up its sleeve, including three hikes with overlooks and vistas that are less traveled. Just you and a new point of view! Here’s to a year of new perspectives.

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  20. Top 10 of 2020

    In a year that was a rollercoaster of challenges, one thing felt a little more stabilizing: the great outdoors! We found respite and were able to re-energize in local parks and trails. Closing out 2020, we're sharing the top 10 best outdoor adventures of the year in Southern California. Onward to 2021!

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  21. Team Favorites

    Thank you to our 2020 team for bringing the great outdoors home in a most challenging year. Meet our contributing content producers and get ideas from their personal favorite California adventures.

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  22. Hikes of Hope and Optimism to End 2020

    End 2020 on a more optimistic note. Hike among painted Rock Snakes with inspiring messages placed on trails, or search for hidden painted rocks filled with messages of gratitude.

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  1. Lavender Labyrinth

    Labyrinths are meditative meanders. Add fragrant organic lavender and you're at Bees N Blooms at the foot of Taylor Mountain near Santa Rosa, experiencing their “ancient pathway of peace” and more.

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  2. Putnam Pedal and Poppies!

    Helen Putnam Regional Park punches above her weight. The compact yet bountiful park near Petaluma explodes with wildflowers every spring, in particular the state’s signature California poppy.

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  3. Take the Musical Road

    Drive the Musical Road—one of only a handful in the world—to connect two of Antelope Valley’s best parks, Prime Desert Woodland Preserve with its Joshua Trees and Apollo Community Regional Park.

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  4. Barrel of Fun

    Put a spring in your step and a barrel in your belly in Antelope Valley's Palmdale. Do a 2.75-mile hike on Barrel Springs Trail and enjoy a local winery that shares part of the nomenclature.

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  1. Sponsored

    Outdoor Zen in Sonoma County

    Sonoma County’s abundant natural beauty is good for your mind, body, and spirit. From redwoods and rhododendron walks, to yoga in a vineyard, here are five ways to soothe your soul in Sonoma County.

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  2. Feather Fanfare

    Feathery birds swing and swoop on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, surrounded by the Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains. See it all from a levee in serene Ravenswood Preserve.

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  3. Mellow in the Marsh

    Beach, birds, ice plant popping purple flowers: That’s a hiking slam dunk! Hike about 2 miles at Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve using their fully reopened and well-signed Sequoia Audubon Trail.

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  4. Watershed Moment

    The Presidio in San Francisco offers some of the best urban hiking in the country! And the new marsh bridges under Presidio Parkway offer more habitat for plants, fish, and bird life... and trails for us!

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