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A camping tent under a blanket of night sky on the Pacific Crest Trail.
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SoCal Wanderer

How Hiking This Trail May Change Your Life

Within an hour's drive of downtown Los Angeles and its suburbs, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) traverses the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests and is a way for many hikers to work out large issues in their lives.
Pacific Crest Trail signpost against the sandstone rock landscape of Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park.
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SoCal Wanderer

6 Hikes to Help You Up Your Pacific Crest Trail Game

You don’t have to be a thru-hiker to enjoy the scenery of the Pacific Crest Trail. Spanning over 200 miles along the northern edge the San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests, the Pacific Crest Trail has a number of day hikes for every level of recreation.
The waterfall at Fish Creek in the Angeles National Forest.  To the bottom left corner are two hikers resting by the creek.
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SoCal Wanderer

Six Thrilling Wet Hikes to Try Now (and Two to Save for Later)

Be prepared to get your feet wet! Here are eight SoCal hikes featuring waterfalls, streams and other bodies of water for refreshing summer hikes.
big bear lake
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SoCal Wanderer

Escape the Summer Heat in the Mountains

While everyone else is heading for the beach, why not seek refuge from the heat in our crisp mountain wonderlands?
mesquite sand dunes
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SoCal Wanderer

Five Dunes That Will Make You Forget You’re in Southern California

A little taste of the Sahara right here in southern California.
Black Butte fire lookout in Mendicino, CA, on August 30, 1923, by L.A. Barrett, for the US Forest Service.
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Find Fire Lookouts With the Best Views of Southern California

Here are five of the best remaining “firelooks” in Southern California that you can visit, the last vestiges of a dying breed that are in various stages of restoration and disrepair. If nothing else, you’ll get a spectacular view from up there.
An illustration of a man's feet with the light of a flashlight shining above.
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SoCal Wanderer

Beat the L.A. Heat With These Night Hikes

Here are five great sundown hikes in L.A. to beat the heat and catch a glimpse of the city's wildlife and nature.
Potato Mountain / Herman Garner Biological Preserve
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SoCal Wanderer

A Guide to Hiking the San Gabriel Valley

Here are five great places to explore on foot in the San Gabriel Valley that aren’t too far afield, yet have plenty of fodder for your sense of adventure.
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