Five top hikes to discover in California
California is well known for its beaches, celebrity spotting and hiking!
We set out to discover five great trails to do on your next visit to Southern California, some easy and some a little harder yet all will reward you with some insanely beautiful and unique vista points.
1. TUNA CANYON, TOPANGA
Nestled between Malibu and Topanga, just a short drive from the main hwy (PCH) you will discover this easy hike with ocean views and a labyrinth carved into the Earth.
2. LA CUMBRE PEAK, SANTA BARBARA
Winding for miles way up above Santa Barbra, this trail was perhaps the most surprising. This one was beautiful, we started early and reached the top before the marine layer had burned off, so the peak of the range was floating above the clouds. We discovered a beautiful old piano at a quiet lookout. No sign of who’d dragged it all that way but it was a lovely gesture, giving anyone the ability to play a special song for the clouds…
3. KIRK CREEK, BIG SUR
Perched on a bluff along Big Sur’s south coast, Kirk Creek Campground is arguably one of the most beautiful coastal campgrounds in California. The trail from the campground will take you high up through scrub and redwoods and offers stunning views of the Santa Lucia mountains as they run toward the Pacific. Big Sur is an incredibly special place, do be mindful that since the landslides in 2016 there are still road closures and diverted routes so be sure to check. For now there is also an option to hike around the landslides from the North end and then hire bikes from to take in almost 35 miles of remote coastal highway. It’s an experience well worth doing before Highway 1 is back to normal.
4. CAMBRIA, MORRO ROCK & HARMONY HEADLANDS
This area of the coastline is called Slo Cal and for good reason. The pace and traffic slows here and pretty beachside trails can be hiked slowly and mindfully. Do stop off in Cambria to stroll the streets for vintage treasures, ice-cream and of course Linns famous pies.
There are several mountain trails in Ojai some of those which lead to waterholes like Ventura River Preserve and others to vast landscapes with giant boulders like Piedra Blanca Trailhead. we always enjoy a wander through the streets and a days not complete without a drive up to Mediation Mount – it’s more of a stroll than a hike, explore and relax amongst the beautiful gardens and take in the sunset over hundred of acres of orange orchards int the valley below.
Julia and Matt wear Colorado boots throughout.
All film images shot on location by Matt Rabbidge.