Top 5 Hiking Trails in SoCal


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A picture of potato chip rock

Some people think hiking is a fun activity, and an adventure that can be enjoyed alone, or with others. Hiking can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and is a year-round activity,  in California, hiking can be enjoyed almost year-round. Many people want to find the most beautiful hiking trails near them. This is devoted to all those hikers out there who want to experience beautiful nature in Southern California.

Potato Chip Rock: This trail is one of the most famous and uniquely named trails in California. It is very popular for taking pictures with the potato chip-like rock at the top of the trail. Many people say that this hike takes about three hours to complete on average. This trail can be challenging to some but easy for those that have more experience. The Potato Chip trail is located on the peak of Mt. Woodson in Poway, California. This hiking trail is dog-friendly but only if the furry friend is on a leash.

Slot Canyon:  This canyon trail is located in Borrego Springs, CA. This trail is fantastic year-round, with beautiful streaming sunlight. Even though this isn’t a real hiking trail, this is still a great place to visit with family or friends. This trail takes people through large and magnificent rock formations that surround on all sides. Just like the previously mentioned Potato Chip Rock trail, this one is dog-friendly as well, as long as the four-legged furball is on a leash.

The Bridge to Nowhere: Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, this breathtaking trial exceeds imagination. This trail leads to an abandoned bridge and is a favorite of photographers and many other tourists visiting California. Many daring people come from all over Southern California to go bungee jumping on the abandoned bridge. After a long, burning hot hike, the San Gabriel rapids are waiting below for a nice refreshing plunge.

Devil’s Punchbowl: Devil’s Punchbowl is a unique area in Pearblossom, CA. After a great 1 mile loop, the trail drops in between giant rock formations that people can explore and climb. This trail is called Devil’s Punchbowl because the rock formations look like they were pushed up from the ground. There are many rocks that vary in size and color. There is also another rock formation called The Devil’s Chair.

Cowles Mountain: Cowles Mountain is located in San Diego. It is the tallest mountain in San Diego, it is about 1,600 feet tall. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the top. During the hike, you can see most of San Diego and it will take your breath away. The hike is very steep and isn’t recommended for young siblings. The view is beautiful and if you’re up for it, it’s a very enjoyable hike.

There are many other trials that are fun to explore.  For an adventurous person or an outdoorsy family, these trails listed above will provide beauty and excise for a few hours or an entire day. Remember to read the trail rules before such a journey and always take a map.