Continuing his 30-year effort to share the region’s natural treasures with residents and visitors, John McKinney is pleased to announce publication of HIKE Southern California: A Day Hiker’s Guide. From Lost Palms Oasis to the HOLLYWOOD Sign to the top of Mt. Baldy, you’re guaranteed to find a hike you’ll like in an all-new edition of this popular collection featuring updates of classic trails and 25 new hikes.

"Hike Southern California, A Day Hiker's Guide, available now in an all-new 2014 edition.
“Hike Southern California, A Day Hiker’s Guide, available now in an all-new 2014 edition.

“Other regions of the country have high peaks, pine forests, vast deserts and lovely shorelines, but only Southern California has all these environments,” explains McKinney, aka The Trailmaster. “And four-season hiking, too!”

From waterfalls to wildflowers to wilderness areas, enjoy a diversity of hikes in:

•Santa Barbara & Ojai •Orange County
•Griffith Park •Catalina Island
•Palm Springs •Joshua Tree National Park
•San Gabriel Mountains •San Bernardino Mountains
•Santa Monica Mountains •San Jacinto Mountains

Hike Southern California comes complete with The Trailmaster’s colorful stories and easy-to-follow maps. Take a water bottle, trail snack and this guide and:

• Chill-out in Cold Spring Canyon, Icehouse Canyon and Winter Creek. Cool-off at Eaton Falls, Seven Falls and Holy Jim Falls
• Climb Mt. San Gorgonio, Mt. San Jacinto and Saddleback Peak. Get grand metropolitan vistas from atop Echo Mountain, Mt. Hollywood and Inspiration Point.
• Hike to dozens of classic and contemporary film locations including Shangri-La in Ojai, the M*A*S*H site along Malibu Creek, and to the Planet of the Apes at Point Dume.

“While trails and this guide have changed greatly over the years, my mission to inspire readers to take a hike in this wonderful land we call Southern California has not,” declares McKinney. “Reconnect with nature and have a wonderful time on the trail.”