Happy October!🍁 I don’t know about you, but I have been eagerly awaiting fall and the crisp, cool weather. For my fellow Californians and I, fall weather means that hiking season has officially begun! Hiking is one of my favorite year-round activities and is a great way to be active while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
While I’ve lived here in LA, I have gone on some amazing hikes throughout the Southern California region. I wanted to share with you my top three favorite leisure hikes that you should definitely add to your bucket list! These hikes offer trails for all skill levels and their views are nothing short of breathtaking. Spend the day relaxing in nature, enjoying the fresh air, and exploring California’s beauty on these incredible day hikes!🌲
1. San Diego: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Located in the heart of urban San Diego, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is the perfect wilderness escape. The trails feature deep canyons, unique rock formations, pristine beaches, salt marshes, and cliff views overlooking the ocean. The reserve is also home to our nation’s rarest pine tree, Pinus torreyana. It grows only in the Torrey Pines region and on Santa Rosa Island. Needless to say, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a nature enthusiast’s dream!
🌊Favorite Trails: Razor Point Trail & Beach Trail
2. Palm Springs: Indian Canyons – Agua Caliente
Out of all of the hikes I have ever been on, Indian Canyons is by far my favorite. Imagine you’re driving through a barren desert when suddenly, out of nowhere, a lush, green island of palm trees and water appear. Welcome to Agua Caliente!
With over 60 miles of hiking trails, this region is a hidden oasis full of history. Long ago, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians claimed this area as their home. Remnants of their society still exist and can be seen in the canyons, such as rock art, huts, irrigation canals, etc. The trails take you through breathtaking canyons, palm tree forests, unique rock formations, hidden springs, and more. The Indian Canyons hike shows you how truly incredible nature is by featuring a thriving, tranquil oasis surrounded by a harsh, desert landscape.
🌴Favorite Trails: Andreas Canyon
3. Los Angeles: Topanga State Park
Topanga State Park is one my most frequently visited hiking destinations. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park is located within the Los Angeles city limits and is considered the world’s largest area of wilderness within a major city. Featuring over 36 miles worth of trails, the park is home to grasslands, live oak trees, earthquake faults, rock formations, and even a waterfall during the rainy season (If you can even consider it a “rainy” season. More like a “light mist” season)🤣. However, it is most know for its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding communities. I recommend going on a clear, bluebird day for optimal picture-taking and sightseeing.
⛰️Favorite Trails: Temescal Ridge Trail
A Hiker’s Life for Me
There you have it! Go add those hikes to your bucket list and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Each hike is completely different and showcases the diversity of Southern California’s landscapes. I have already added a ton more hikes to my bucket list and can’t wait to try them all. If you have any recommendations or questions, please leave a comment! Ciao Bellas!💚