When the winter rains fall heavy in California, our beautiful state flower explodes with a super bloom as we pass into spring. We’ve received well above average rainfall in 2019, which has caused a poppy super bloom unlike any in recent memory. This weekend, we made a drive down to Lake Elsinore and enjoyed one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever laid eyes on.
The hike to Murray Hill climbs 2500ft on a 7.5-mile round trip journey with beautiful views of San Jacinto Peak, seasonal wildflowers, the occasional bighorn sheep, and views of the greater Palm Springs area. The hike begins on the Garstin Trail near the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, and then heads east to link up with the Clara Burgess Trail before reaching Murray Hill.
The hike up Araby Trail to the Berns Trail Lookout starts by passing the Bob Hope House, designed by Modernist architect John Lautner. This 5-mile out-and-back hike also treats hikers to commanding views of the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountain ranges. With almost 1800 ft of elevation gain, be sure to have your legs warmed up and ready to climb.
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is located in Claremont, CA. This small garden has Joshua Trees, Torrey Pines, a Boojum Tree, and more. In this post, I’m going to highlight one of my favorite walking routes at Rancho Santa Ana, and showcase some of the “must see” sights.
Valley of Fire is a State Park in Nevada located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The park encompasses 40,000 acres filled with red sandstone, grey and tan limestone, petrified wood, 2,000 year old petroglyphs, bighorn sheep, and more. Valley of Fire is located just off of I-15 making it the perfect short stop on road trips through the American Southwest.
A hike of Little Lakes Valley via Mosquito Flat makes for a quintessential Eastern Sierra outdoor experience. This 8.5-mile out-and-back hike passes by six alpine lakes and provides side trail options to quite a few more. Hikers will pass under the 13,000+ ft mountain peaks of Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Dade, Mt. Abbot, and Mt. Mills.
Patriarch Grove rests at an elevation above 11,000ft, and requires 13 miles of driving on an unpaved dirt road. There are two .5 mile hikes at Patriarch Grove, the Timberland Ancients Trail and the Cottonwood Basin Overlook Trail. In this guide, I’ll provide directions, photos, maps, and instructions on combining these two hikes for a 1-mile figure eight loop.