Located in Laguna Beach just South of Newport Beach, California, Crystal Cove State Park offers 18 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails through 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness. Whether searching for woodlands with massive oak and sycamore trees or an escape from the busy buzzing of the city below, overnight backpacking, hiking, and biking through Crystal Cove State Park is a fun way to get away and enjoy some of the best views Southern California has to offer. With blue ocean views and wildflowers in the spring, you’ll find a variety of native plants and animals that scatter the park throughout your journey.
If you’re looking for a workout with some of the best views of Phoenix, AZ, hiking to the summit of Camelback Mountain is a great experience for both new and experienced hikers (in good shape) located 20 minutes north of the heart of the city. Camelback Mountain derives its name from its tell-tale shape which resembles a hump and head of a kneeling camel.
For a one of a kind photo opportunity, the hike to Potato Chip Rock and the summit of Mount Woodson is a great way to get out of the city and enjoy a great workout for both beginner hikers and experienced trail runners alike. Potato Chip Rock is a brittle looking granite boulder shard that is an iconic hotspot for amateur photographers and anyone looking for a quirky weekday brunch spot.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within the city limits of San Diego but is known for being one of the wildest stretches on the Southern California Coast. With over 1,500 acres of preserved land, which features the rare Torrey pine, the maritime chaparral, miles of beaches, and a vital lagoon for migrating seabirds, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve traveled back in time.