Have a thing for foggy vistas? Maybe desert canyons are more your speed? We found five outdoor enthusiasts who shared insider knowledge of their local areas with us so you can go out and explore the great outdoors with confidence. Click the links below to get the lay of the land from a Localeur in five different cities.
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SAMUEL H. BOARDMAN STATE SCENIC CORRIDOR
Located on the Southern Oregon Coast, just outside of Brookings, the Samuel H.Boardman State Scenic Corridor is one of the most beautiful places in the state, offering a nearly endless array of short hikes to breathtaking vistas.
Just west of The Dalles, the Memaloose Hills come alive with wildflowers in early spring. April is the best month to see wildflowers. When the weather is warm, make sure to wear long pants to deter ticks and keep an eye out for rattlesnakes.
Located in central Oregon, the Painted Hills offer a glimpse into Oregon’s most distant past, where the exposed sediment recounts the eons in ribbons of red, yellow and black soil.
Located across the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito has many water activities (paddleboarding and kayaking, just to name a few). If you're planning on doing water activities, be sure to call ahead to make sure they're open, as some places will close for the day if it's too windy.
The hike all the way down is about a mile, and it's worth every second. Try to go in the mid to late afternoon. Since you're right on the water, the fog will be in full force in the early morning.
Make your way to the westernmost side of the city, Land's End, where you'll find the Sutro Baths. Here, you'll see tons of beautiful flora, succulents and birds. Bring strong shoes: you may encounter slippery or loose rocks.
Head toward the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park off Highway 78. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center is a good start. Find a rock formation to climb and sit on for a perch. Bring lots of water, a hat, comfortable shoes and a warm jacket for nighttime.
Head to the Mount Lee summit from the Wonder View Trail to see rabbits, lizards and fauna. Anywhere along the hike between the Wisdom Tree and the Hollywood sign has wonderful views.
A six-hour drive north of LA you’ll find high-caliber skiing and snowboarding at Mammoth Lakes. Head toward June Lake, 395 northbound from 14 N from Los Angeles.
The best time to go is during winter because you can break off and explore on your own without the crowds. When going in winter, be sure to wear layers and a warm jacket. No need for hiking shoes.
CATHEDRAL ROCK HIKE
The Cathedral Rock hike is one of the most breathtaking and accessible hikes in Sedona.
WATCH FOR ICE
With that said, the Cathedral Rock path gets steep and narrow as you get closer to the top, so be cautious in icy/cold weather and don't look down if you're afraid of heights!
BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
Sneak behind the falls and be amazed by the 100-foot rock face and the streams of water that make up the bridal veil pouring beside them. And while you’re there, don’t miss the Honeymoon Mine, which brought the original 19th-century travelers to the Lake Serene area.
A wonderful jaunt to serenity. Patches of bunchberry and other shade-loving flowers will appear on the ridge as you make your way out of the dense forest. Keep your eyes peeled for them.
Mailbox Peak is the stuff of legends. It’s not the easiest hike, but well worth the trip. At roughly 850 feet above sea level, your thighs will feel the burn once you start climbing, and it won't let up until you’re at the peak. If you’re in the mood to conquer, this is the hike for you.