Hello San Marcos, CA and all of Southern California...show me what you've got!

It's been about 6 weeks since I moved from Sedona, AZ to San Marcos, CA and I'm getting into the Cali groove. I do miss the visual beauty of my healing red rocks and the absence of traffic, but Southern California has alot to offer this avid hiker.

My first order of business was to establish 5 different hiking trails nearby for my daily hikes and mission accomplished with the San Elijo Hills (4 minutes away), Elfin Forest, Daley Ranch (has 3 different trailheads) and Del Dios Highlands (the last 3 are 10-15 minutes away). Elfin Forest & San Elijo Hills give you an ocean view on clear days:
elfin forest

Saturdays or Sundays (depending on weather and family commitments) are reserved for the big, long, 4+ hour hikes and I've enjoyed Palomar Mountain, Crystal Cove Park, Hellhole Canyon and Caspers Wilderness Park. I'm also going to start hiking sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, which is not too far from me. Here's Crystal Cove on July 5th:
And Santiago Peak looks like it needs to be climbed, so there's plenty to keep me busy for the next year. I'm happy to start using my favorite hiking resource from when I lived here in 2011, Brian & Ashleys Hiking Blog. They are the SoCal (and beyond) hiking experts.

And so far, after the morning cloud cover from the ocean dissipates, every day has been sunny and 80's, followed by sunny and 80's, with one cloudy and 80's day last Saturday. Can't complain about that!

If you have any Southern California hikes you just love, share them in the comments section below, I'd love to hear from you!


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