Aug 3, 2012 at 9:59 am #1292588
Heading out in two days and need a place to go. Live I Los Angeles, brothers down by Disneyland who is coming. Where looking for a place that preferable within 2 or 3 hours that would be a nice location for a 2 night trip. Doesn't have to be a long hike. Hope to find something with trees for hammock sleeping and water that we can swim in.
Thanks!Aug 3, 2012 at 10:21 am #1899855
Water you can swim in is asking a lot in an arid place that gets most of its rain in the winter. Usually, this time of the year, its too hot to hike in the lower elevations. The best hiking in SoCAL would be in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, south of Big Bear, and the San Jacinto Wilderness, west of Palm Springs. Both offer mountains going over 10,000ft and plenty of trees. Both offer some excellent 2-3 day trips. If this had been a wetter year, you'd have a chance to get wet at either Dollar or Dry Lake in San Gorgonio. Maybe next year.Aug 3, 2012 at 10:39 am #1899860
SEKI (Sequoia) is just slightly out of your drive range but IMO is worth it if you value trees and water. Really need to get up towards the Sierra for that this time of year.Aug 3, 2012 at 10:45 am #1899862
Yah it's been pretty dry do maybe asking to much for swim water.
Heading up to the Sequoias in two weeks! Can't wait.
What about any lakes to hike to? I was looking some up but it seems that all of them are surrounded my roads now…Aug 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm #1899898
Was just reading about Vivian Creek? Anyone have any experience hikin here? Would you recommend it?Aug 4, 2012 at 11:22 am #1900115
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Could backpack to Sespe Hot springs from the Piedras Blancas TH in the Sespe Wilderness.
Also, more of a one-nighter, but you could backpack to the Bridge to Nowhere above Azusa. Plenty of trees and flowing water but short hike and a fair amount of people.
I am sure there are more options with water, cmon people!Aug 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm #1900493
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
"Hope to find something with trees for hammock sleeping and water that we can swim in."
SC isn't exactly known for lakes and forest. You can't do hammocks at our beaches that I know of. And bodies of water away from beaches… we have Salton Sea, but it's hot as hell out there this time of year…
I would second San Gorgornio.Aug 6, 2012 at 9:23 am #1900603
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
You could also hike up to the Fishbowls from the Piedras Blancas trailhead in the Sespe Wilderness. The Fishbowls are deep rock pools in a creek. You can jump in. Lots of nice trees, too. Probably a longer drive than you want, though.
What about Devils Punchbowl near Littlerock? Are there pools to jump in there?Aug 6, 2012 at 10:27 am #1900617
Not sure if Fishbowls is a good idea since there was a fire yesterday at Lake Piru, and the fishbowls are on Piru Creek. Not sure how close they are but I wouldnt chance it.Aug 6, 2012 at 10:39 am #1900619Aug 6, 2012 at 11:04 am #1900628
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
Piru Fire is a non-issue for the Fishbowls area; they're at opposite ends of Piru Creek (~70 miles apart), although I'd agree with Diane that getting to the TH for the Fishbowls is probably farther than the OP wants to drive. There's no easy direct route there.
As a further hindrance to local summertime Socal hiking, like others have said, temps get high and water levels get low. Even the larger, more reliable creeks and streams in the Southern Los Padres are drying up (in places). You will still find pools and sections with running water, but it's hit or miss.
The southern Sierra, entering from either the west side (near Poterville, Springville or Kernville) or from the east side around Olancha keeps you in pretty close to LA/OC and should be a lot more pleasant this time of year. Plenty of water in the Kern and Little Kern. No permit hassles for Sequoia NF (as opposed to Sequoia NP) either…Aug 6, 2012 at 11:12 am #1900636
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Thanks guys for all your help!
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