Spring is here and summer is on its way! Now is the best time to get outside and explore Southern California. We have state parks and national parks within a short drive, as well as plenty of smaller county parks and green spaces even closer to home. Here is a list of just a few places you can explore this summer.
Joshua Tree National Park is probably one of California’s best known parks. Sunsets and stars at night are outstanding. During the day, there are many hikes and climbing spots to visit. Make sure you bring lots and lots of water for the desert heat!
Idyllwild, CA has lots of hiking trails including trails up to Mount San Jacinto and Tahquitz Peak. It is an easy place to find campgrounds or even rent a cabin for a weekend. The town is a fun place to explore with many small shops and restaurants. The views of Lily Rock are impossible to ignore. Bonus: it’s pretty close to Pathfinder if you want to find a hike in Garner Valley!
Crystal Cove State Park located on the coast in Orange County offers some nice beaches, hiking trails, and rocks to climb around on if you aren’t so interested in deserts or mountains. There are tide pools to check out some sea creatures and there’s also space for camping if you want to spend a night by the beach!
Take a hike up to the Hollywood Sign! It’s a classic for visitors to Southern California, so take your time to experience what so many people come to this place to see!
Julian, CA and Oak Glen, CA are great for apple picking at the end of summer when all of the apples start to ripen! Both places have camping and hiking nearby to burn off the cider and apple pie you’re bound to taste.