Hiking Trails in Southern California

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Notable Hikes in Southern California

These same hikes are sorted by county in the Los Angeles and Ventura hiking pages.

Dog Friendly Hikes in Southern California

    The Los Angeles Times has prepared a new interactive features on hikes in Southern California where your dogs are welcome. Visit the Los Angeles Times to view this feature.

Books on Southern California Hiking

  • A Day Hikers Guide to Southern California, John McKinney, 1998 - This is an excellent guide for the beginning hiker. It provides good directions and tips but is certainly not comprehensive, omitting several popular hikes.

  • 101 Hikes in Southern California,Jerry Schad, 1996 - This book has been described as the classic book on Southern California hikes. It has accurate directions and good descriptions of the hikes and covers a wide range of hikes from the easy to the strenuous.

  • Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels, John Robinson, 1998 - This book has been described as the classic book for hiking in the San Gabriel mountains.

  • California Waterfalls, Ann Marie Brown, 2000 - This book describes mpore than 200 waterfalls in California, quite a few of which are in Southern California. While many of these Southern California falls are small during the dry season near the end of the summer, in early and mid-spring they can be quite a sight.
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