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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA

Known as California’s largest State Park, Anza -Borrego is located about 3 hours southeast of Los Angeles (or 2 hours northeast of San Diego).  Our first stop was at the Visitor Center which displayed fossils found in the area. Replicas of 6 foot long mammoth tusks and giant tortoise shells are displayed. There is a short interpretive trail directly in front of the Visitor Center that features the different types of cacti found in the desert. 

Devil’s Punchbowl, Pearblossom, California, USA

We arrived for our hike at Devil’s Punchbowl just before 5pm. It was a short 1 mile loop hike so we were comfortable with starting the hike later in the day. The trailhead started just past the Visitor Center. To the right of the trailhead, there is an amphitheater view of the Punchbowl area below. The rocks below were almost scalloped in shape and pushed up on its side at almost 90 degree angles. These rocks were tilted to their present angles by activity along nearby faults. The view from the top was amazing.

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Agua Dulce, California, USA

Not too far from Los Angeles (less than an hour), lies the magnificent slanted rocks of Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, a 900-acre County Park. Massive rocks pushed up to 50 degree angles greeted us less than a mile from the Visitor Center.  The Vasquez Rocks are a geological wonderland.

Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve, Oakland, California, USA

Not too far from Berkeley, you'll find Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve. It is a short, fairly quiet trail, just under 2 miles in distance. Trees here were covered in a layer of green moss in the spring after a wet winter, making the hike very much surrounded by a green fluorescence. It is a mostly shaded hike, so very much a good choice for a warm day. Through the trees, there are peek-a-boo views of the surrounding hills and valley.  You can easily make this a longer hike by connecting to neighbouring Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.

Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont, California, USA

Not too far off from the freeway, past Ardenwood Historic Farm, there lies a gem that is much hidden to passersby. A beautiful open space that is teeming with wildflowers in the spring overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The recent rains have worked their magic on the hills in this area, making them wonderfully green, dotting them with colorful wildflowers and filling marshlands with water.