Feb 11, 2020 at 1:10 pm #3630835
I’ll be in Anaheim, California at the end of April for a work convention. It ends on Thursday afternoon and I have until Sunday afternoon before my flight out of LAX.
Basically, looking for a 3 day/2 night loop that is a few hours drive from Anaheim. I see Joshua Tree looks not to far a drive. Is there a good loop out that way?
SteveFeb 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm #3630881Casey BowdenBPL Member
@clbowdenLocale: Berkeley Hills
How about driving to San Pedro (1 hour from Anaheim), catching the ferry to Catalina (Avalon), hiking across the island, then catching the ferry from Two Harbors back to Catalina?
I’m doing this with my family in the beginning of April.Feb 12, 2020 at 5:24 am #3630923Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
That sounds like a pretty good suggestion to me, though the logistics are a little harder to work out than most loops. Trips reports from Catalina Island look excellent.Feb 12, 2020 at 2:52 pm #3630988
Interesting. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the tips. I’ll be sure to report back.Feb 13, 2020 at 9:19 am #3631075
Google San Jacinto and San Gorgonio backpacking.Feb 13, 2020 at 9:31 am #3631077
For some reason I wasn’t able to edit my above post. Both San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Wilderness are reminiscent of the Sierra. Trailheads on the south side of Gorgonio wilderness can be iffy for break-ins due to proximity to Redlands. The tram in Palm Springs offers quick access to San Jacinto high country. Gorgo is better if you are looking for big miles. Water will be plentiful in April.Feb 13, 2020 at 9:40 am #3631078Feb 15, 2020 at 5:11 pm #3631462Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Or San Gabriel Mountains. The PCT goes through them. I used to hike a lot in the Mt Waterman area, but more day hiking.
A little closer to AnaheimFeb 15, 2020 at 9:26 pm #3631509Cameron MBPL Member
@cameronm-aka-backstrokeLocale: Los Angeles
You could consider the Backbone Trail above Santa Monica. You will need to drive there and deposit water in two spots, takes only an hour or two to do. I also have a report on Catalina, another good option, as both are coastal and distinctly different experiences from the Sierra. In the case of the Backbone, it is not too difficult to Uber back.Feb 19, 2020 at 7:20 am #3632081
Backbone looks interesting, not sure I can pull off 67 miles in 3 days…gotta take a closer look.
Im back next week so will do some research and let you know. Huge thanks for the recommendations. I’ve relied on these forums for trip advice numerous times. Always a great turnout 😁Feb 23, 2020 at 9:05 pm #3632939MinerBPL Member
Trans Catalina (island) trail is good. Did it in late November for the second time. Shorter is crossing the NPS part of Santa Cruz island (shorter). Only logistics is booking the campgrounds and ferries ahead of time before they fill up.
Joshua Tree California Riding and hiking trail is an easy hike across the northern part of the park. For an end to end shuttle, try one of the outfitters near by or hike out of the Eastern end of the park (pass where you pay to get in) and Uber back to Black Rock where you don’t need to pay.
Any section of the PCT would be good except it wouldn’t be a loop, but an out and back. Just came back from a short 3 day trip near Warner Springs, great time to be hiking the warmer sections right now.
While San Jacinto and San Gorgonio wildernesses are great summer hiking, unless we are in a severe drought, they tend to still be under snow in April (San Gorgonio pk is 11.5k and San Jacinto pk is 10.8k ft).Mar 1, 2020 at 6:26 pm #3633891
I’ve done no research, so please forgive the naive question…but does San Jacinto and San Gorgonio wildernesses require ice axe and crampons for a late April climb? I wouldn’t mind a little winter mountaineering trip :)
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