Best Southern California Nature Trails & Hikes

When most people think of Southern California they think of Los Angeles and freeways but believe it or not there are LOTS of beautiful places for walks and moderate hikes. We are actually surrounded by nature! I live in Huntington Beach and the following are my five favorite nature trails/hikes located within two hours of me. Check out AllTrails.com for exact locations and maps as well as the level of difficulty. Don’t worry, none on my list are above moderate! πŸ˜‰ If you are a seasoned hiker, this probably isn’t this list for you!

SIERRA MADRE – STURTEVANT FALLS {LOS ANGELES}

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This is my favorite hike… as well as everybody else in Southern California. If you are going on a Saturday prepare for a battle for parking. You MUST go all the way to the waterfall, it makes for such a great instagram picture! Just be prepared for the return journey. What you walked down you must come back up and the last 15 minutes is killer.

EL MORO – CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK {NEWPORT COAST}

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This is the nature trail I frequent most. I have been on three separate trails but my regular path is the “No Dogs Trails.” I would ask the parking attendant which would be best suited for your party depending on level of difficulty and what views you are hoping to get (Woodland, Mountainous, or Ocean).

WIND CAVES – GAVIOTA STATE PARK {SANTA BARBARA}

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I’ve only done this trail once because it is the farthest from me but it was SO MUCH FUN! I loved it. It’s one of the most difficult hikes I’ve done (yes, yes it’s a moderate level) but it was so hot and I had a hard time finding the caves but once I did, it was SO worth it!!

ROBBERS CAVE TRAIL – ALISO WOODS CANYON PARK {ALISO VEIJO}

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This is one of the easiest trails on my list as far as elevation but the actual cave is a bit of a walk but it was really cool. It’s not a trail I would go to every weekend but it’s definitely worthwhile every now and then.

SKYLINE DRIVE TRAIL {CORONA}

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I rarely go to Corona but from what I’ve seen there’s not much nature there so this trail really is a gem for the locals. It has easy access, free parking, and offers some really cool woodland paths. The mineshaft is so awesome!

If you live in SoCal – I hope you find this post helpful. If you don’t, well I hope you enjoyed my pictures and you should bookmark this page in case you come visit us someday! Are there better trails that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments section below. Happy hiking this weekend, friends!

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