We hate to tell you this, but summer is coming to an end. It might feel like summer ever ends in California, but there are definitely a few hikes that you and your friends should make it too before the air gets cold and the trails get slippery. With the temperatures starting to cool off, it’s the perfect time to get out there!
- East Fork Trail aka Bridge to Nowhere (Mt. Baldy, 9 miles)
This is a perfect end of summer hike. Unfortunately, you’ll likely be in the sun for almost all of the hike, but the end of summer temperatures mean you won’t bake as much as you would earlier in the season. Besides, there are several crossings through the San Gabriel River that will surely cool you down. You’ll be well-rewarded for your efforts when you reach the pools just past the Bridge itself – take a break here and then start your decline.
- Torrey Pines State National Reserve (La Jolla)
Before winter comes, take the trip south and take your pick of three gorgeous trails with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. With three trails of varying length, there’s a little bit of something for everybody here: Guy Fleming trail (0.7 miles), Razor Point (1.3 miles), and the Beach Trail (1.7 miles). Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins!
- Mono Pass Trail (Yosemite, 7.4 miles)
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, make your way to the state’s popular Yosemite National Park and tackle the Mono Pass Trail. Another perfect trail for the end of summer, the snow that can stick around through the middle of summer will have melted away, and you’ll be getting in before the cold mountain fall/winter season arrives. The views are incredible and include the barren Bloody Canyon, Mono Lake, and Mono Valley.