Just a video I shot last week in Bryce Canyon National Park on the Queen's Garden and Peek-a-Book trails.
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|Parker Mesa Overlook|
The Los Liones Trail is a popular recreational trail located a few miles north of Santa Monica California, just off Pacific Coast Highway. Most people use this trail to connect to the Paseo Miramar Trail and continue on to the Parker Mesa Overlook. From the locked gate on Los Liones Drive, you're looking at about a 7 mile round trip to the overlook and back.
The first mile of the Los Liones trail is the steepest, but its shaded and the grade is relatively gradual. This section is a single track trail. After a mile, you'll come to the fork for the Paseo Miramar Trail. Make a left and continue uphill for an additional 2.4 miles to the Parker Mesa Overlook. The Paseo Miramar Trail is extremely wide and well-maintained. The trail is almost entirely uphill and there is absolutely no shade, so bring a ton of water. You will pass several small spur trails, but you can just ignore them. Just stay on the wide trail and follow the signs to the overlook.You may also see mountain bikers on this section of the trail, so keep an eye open.
The overlook at the top is absolutely worth the climb. You can see all of Los Angeles and a stretch of beach south all the way to the hills in Rancho Palos Verdes. After a well-deserved rest, just turn around and head back down exactly the way you came in.
For those of you looking for a really brutal hike, you might think about taking the spur off of Miramar trail for the E. Topanga Fire Road and heading north all the way to Eagle Rock. I’ve never personally done this section, so I can’t vouch for it. A round-trip hike from gate at the Los Liones trailhead to Eagle Rock is 14 miles.
From Santa Monica, head North on Route 1, Pacific Coast Highway. After passing Will Rogers State Beach, make a right onto Sunset Blvd . Go ¼ mile make a left onto Los Liones Drive. Continue approximately ½ mile on Los Liones road to the metal gate adjacent to the Latter Day Saints church. There is free parking and several public restrooms along the right side of Los Liones Road. Enter this address into your GPS and it will lead you directly to the trailhead:
575 Los Liones Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90272
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|Shady Canyon Bikeway in Irvine|
The Quail Hill Preserve is a fun little dirt loop located just off the 405 freeway in Irvine. It’s more suited for a short walk or a leisurely ride on your mountain bike. It’s also a great jumping off point for the Shady Canyon Bikeway in Irvine. You can park your car in the Quail Hill Preserve parking lot and experience one of the best paved bike trails in all of Orange County.
As you head south from the preserve, the Shady Canyon Bikeway passes through some really beautiful neighborhoods. The grade is uphill for the first mile and a half and downhill for the next mile, so you can get a nice workout in a relatively short period of time. At 2.5 miles south of the Quail Hill Preserve, The Shady Canyon Bikeway links up with the Bommer Canyon Trail, or you can continue west on the paved bike trail and link up with the Bonita Canyon trail. Bommer Canyon is a dirt trail which will take you all the way to Crystal Cove. You’ll need a mountain bike, a helmet and a lot of time to make it to the beach and back up. I don’t recommend attempting a 20 mile round-trip beach journey it unless you are a beast, because the ride back up Crystal Cove is pretty rough.
|Quail Hill Preserve in Irvine|
|Shady Canyon Bikeway Orange County California|
|Shady Canyon Bikeway in Irvine California|