Mt. Lukens

Haines Canyon Road/Motorway/Trail - Rim of the Valley RoadDistance: 11.8 Miles (11.4 if you don't go the wrong way.)Elevation gain: 3,200'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4 hours, 34 minutesCritters: quailHow to Get There: Take the 405 north to the 118 East. Transition to the 210 East. Exit Sunland Ave, and make a left on Foothill Blvd. Make …

Point Mugu State Park, Pt. 2 – Old Boney Trail

Satwiwa Loop Trail - Danielson Fire Road - Old Boney Trail - Blue Canyon Trail - Sycamore Canyon Trail - Upper Sycamore Canyon TrailDistance: 11.7 MilesElevation gain: 2,000'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4 hours, 37 minutesCritters: an injured coyote, a healthy coyote, feral parrots, squirrels, rabbits, quailHow to Get There: Take 101 north (or south, depending on …

Laguna Mountains

Big Laguna Trail - Pacific Crest Trail - Noble Canyon Trail - Sunrise TrailDistance: 12 Miles (approximately)Elevation gain: 900 feetDifficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4 hours, 45 minutesCritters: hawks, rabbits, squirrels, bluebirdsYou Should Know: The Lagunas are part of Cleveland National Forest, and you will need an Adventure Pass to park here. Pros: Expansive desert viewsRelatively flatĀ as …

Daley Ranch

Ponds Trail - Jack Creek Meadow Trail - Engelmann Oak Trail - Cougar Ridge Trail - Boulder Loop Trail.Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousDistance: 10.6 Miles Elevation Change: +1,886/-1746Critters seen: NoneNew/rare flora: The Engelmann Oak Daley ranchhttp://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swfScott Turner is the fastest blue dot you ever saw!http://www.everytrail.com/trip/widgetimpression?trip_id=1408931So, I'm a dork about trees. I'm not simply content to walk along …

Iron Mountain

Difficulty: Moderately strenuousDistance: 9.5 milesElevation gain: 2000 feetCritters spotted: A very feisty Weimeraner The Iron Mountain Loop is a popular trail which sits just outside the Poway city limits, south of equally popular Mt. Woodson. Both mountains, as well as other adjacent peaks, are studded with massive granite boulders and covered with new growth chaparral. …