Southern California adventures and outdoor activities for the more adventurous day-trippers. Soar above the treetops on a zip line, explore sea caves by kayak or discover off the beaten path natural wonders. What is your favorite Southern California adventure activity?
Located at Paradise Bay in South Laguna these concrete pools date back to the 1930s. To reach the pools is an adventure in itself. Access is via 1000 steps beach and requires swimming around the point or climbing through a cave at low tide. During low tide, the salt water pools are heated by the sun and are considerably warmer than the nearby Pacific Ocean. 9th Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway Laguna Beach.
There is nothing quite like soaking in a natural hot spring. This hike into Deep Creek is fairly strenuous, but the rewards are great. There are about five pools varying in size with the largest pool able to accommodate about 10 people. While none of the pools are steaming hot, a trip to see them should defiantly on your adventure bucket list. Deep Creek Hot Springs is one of Southern California’s most popular and gets busy on weekend. Along the Pacific Crest Trail, Apple Valley, CA 92308
Hike through a desert wilderness with incredible rock formations, pools, flowers, and a spectacular 60-foot seasonal waterfall. The hike back from the falls offers panoramic views of Palm Springs and the valley below. Finish off your adventure with a lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants that Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. 500 W Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Skull Canyon Zip Lines is located on 160 acres of some of the most scenic land that southern California has to offer. The terrain is mountainous, and there are magnificent views to be had as you fly through the warm, clean air. Three zip line packages are offered. Each designed to appeal to a different audience from newbie to experienced adventurer. 13540 Temescal Canyon Rd, Corona, CA 92883
Trestle Beach is located between San Clemente State Beach and San Onofre State Beach in North San Diego County. Trestle beach is popular with surfers due to its many surf breaks. The beach gets its name from the railroad bridge that crosses over San Mateo Creek. To reach Trestles a one-mile hike is required. There are no parking lots on the beach. Which is just fine with the local surfers. Parking: S El Camino Real and Cristianitos Rd, San Clemente, CA 92672.
Climb a 100-foot sand dune for the ultimate workout. Then do it again. You might even see a celebrity while working out here. Due to the huge crowds at the dune, a reservation system is in place. No more than fifty persons can be on the dune at any time. A trip on the dune is one $1.00 for an hour of intense exercise. Sand Dune Park is located at 33rd & Bell Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Saline Valley is located in the northern area of Death Valley National Park. In order to get to the springs, you will have to travel 50 miles on rough, sometimes impassable dirt road. Plan on camping at least one night at hot springs area. Saline Valley hot springs are amazing. This is one adventure you will never forget. Death Valley National Park. Highway 190 to Saline Valley Road. From here fifty miles offroad to the springs.
This is one adventure the whole family can take. If you own a kayak you can do this trip on your own. If not, we suggest one taking a guided tour. Depending on the tides you will be able to enter at least one of the caves with your tour group. Plan on getting wet, it’s all part of the fun. 2199 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037
Located high in the San Gabriel Mountains the long-abandoned Big Horn gold mine makes a fantastic place for a photo op. The roughly two-mile hike is fairly strenuous but can be made by most people. Finish out this trip with a ride on the Mountain High Zipline or a relaxing lunch in Wrightwood Village.
Island Packers out of Ventura offers half-day, full-day, and overnight camping adventures to the Channel Islands National Park. Year-round cruises are offered to the Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. From from mid-April through the fall months trips to Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Islands.
Nearly 800,000 acres of parkland offer plenty of activities for visitors to choose from. Hiking, climbing, camping, and sightseeing. Highlights include Arch Rock, Keys Creek Ranch, Lost Horse Mine, and Keys View lookout. North Entrance (visitors Center) Twentynine Palms Highway 62 and Utah Trail.
Hiking to Potato Chip Rock for pictures of you and your friends standing on a thin slice of rock is a must do for any adventure seeker. Potato Chip Rock is defiantly not hidden. Just about every blog, travel site, and social media network has an article or posts about the rock. Due to Potato Chip Rock’s popularity, there can be a line to take a photo on the weekends. That being said a hike to the rock is a must do. Impress your friends and take this hike. Lake Poway Park 14644 Lake Poway Road Poway, CA 92064
There is the easy way to visit Death Valley National Park and there is Titus Canyon Road. A 26-mile one-way off-road adventure that lets you see some amazing desert scenery, a ghost town, and a narrow canyon barely wide enough for a vehicle. This trip is not for the faint of heart but definitely worth the effort for those that make the journey. Titus Canyon Road starts 6 miles from Beatty Nevada along Highway 374.
A trip along the Mojave Road can take anywhere from one to three days. You can do all or part of the road and it will be an experience like no other. Total driving distance is about 140 miles. The current route is slightly different from the original trail but close enough to get a feeling of what it was like to cross the desert before modern roads were built. 4-wheel drive is a must for this trip.
Deep sea fishing is a popular year-round activity in Southern California. Ocean fishing trips leave from most Southern California harbors including San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Oceanside, and San Diego.
California lookout towers are no ordinary campsite. Most are located in remote areas and offer not much more than a roof over your head and spectacular views. Once used by the forest service to spot fires in the backcountry, many lookouts have been transformed into primitive wilderness motels, providing a unique camping experience. Most Lookout Towers are located in Central and Northern California.
The entire round trip hike is 22 miles and ascends just over 6,000 feet. This is a non-technical ascent, and therefore often accomplished by even non-experienced hikers. It is suggested to camp at least one night at Whitney Portal to get your body acclimated before setting out. A one day trip up the mountain usually starts before dawn. The hike to the summit can take anywhere from 5 – 15 hours. Because of the distance and high altitude, a single day requires excellent fitness and endurance.
Sunset Ranch is an adventure your entire family can enjoy. Sunset Ranch gives you a taste of the old west in Hollywood. Located in a corner of Griffith Park the ranch offers guided trail rides into the Hollywood Hills. Sunset Ranch offers riders a choice of a one or two-hour trail rides. There is also a very popular dinner ride. 3400 Beachwood Drive Hollywood, CA 90068
California Ghost Towns range from theme park recreations to remote mining camps. Several Ghost Towns have gone from boom to bust to tourist attractions. Mining played an important part of California’s history and the remanents of mining activity can be found in our desert regions. If you are interested in history Ghost Town exploring makes for an interesting adventure.
If you don’t have the time to visit nearby Joshua Tree National Park Indian Canyons creeks and waterfalls offer a chance to sit and enjoy a lunch after a stress-relieving hike. There are three canyons. All are listed on the national register of historic places. Each has its own degree of trail difficulty and range in the distance –.5 – 15 miles. 38500 South Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92264
Oceano Dunes are the only place in California where it is legal to drive on the beach. Located just South of Pismo Beach the dunes are a popular year-round attraction. Bring your own, or rent an off-road vehicle to zip around the dunes. Several tour operators also offer rides in dunes using custom dune buggies. You can also rent a horse and ride along the beach. Horses never get stuck in the sand, passenger cars and trucks are not so lucky.
30 miles south of San Diego in Baja California, is the beach town of Rosarito Beach. Discover a city that is both rich in culture and full of activities. Enjoy world-class surfing, rent a jet ski, indulge in authentic Baja cuisine, or spend an evening out on the town at one of the area’s bustling nightclubs. Baja California, Mexico.
Northern California sports some of the best whitewater rafting trips in all of North America, with trips to satisfy any thrill-seeker’s most extreme need. But what about river rafting for the average person.
Rafting is one of the most popular activities along the Kern River with numerous outfitters offering guided trips down the tours. The most popular Kern River rafting trips are on upper Kern. Lower Kern River rafting trips are offered when the water level in Lake Isabella is high.
During low tide, it is possible to hike along the rocky beach and view two sea caves. Enter the beach west of the Ocean Institute by climbing down the stairway. Head north for about a half mile until you reach the caves. The larger cave is called Pirate’s Cave although it’s doubtful if a pirate even used this cave. Not too much to see hear but it’s a fun little adventure to check out the caves.
Jim Morrison’s Cave is located at Corral Canyon Park in Malibu. The cave is currently closed to the public due to vandalism. Jim Morrison probably never visited this sandstone cave but the name stuck. You can check out the cave entrance, but don’t plan on entering unless you want a ticket. Although the cave is closed Corral Canyon Park is a great place to go hiking.
Kart racing is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends. A score ranking system is used so you can compete with drivers from all over Southern California. Everyone can race for the fastest time of the week or fastest time of the month.