Best Day Hikes

“A Southern California classic”
 New edition of one of the best-selling trail guides of all time. Longtime LA Times hiking columnist shares 150 of his/readers’ favorite hikes from easy nature trails to all-day adventures.

Features 150 of the author’s favorite hikes in Southern California’s still pristine and wild areas from San Diego to Santa Barbara, from the Channel Islands to the desert sands—and points in between.

Hikers of every level will appreciate this eclectic mix of hikes, including time-tested classics, personal and reader favorites, new trails in new parklands, and more than a few surprises in this updated version of his popular guide.

All you need to know about hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, San Jacinto Mountains, and Joshua Tree National Park. Plus the best trails on Catalina Island, around Santa Barbara and Palm Springs.

“There’s never been a better time to escape the stresses of modern life and enjoy the blessings of nature in Southern California’s big backyard,” declares McKinney. “My hope is that hikers of all ages and abilities will be inspired to enjoy the pleasures of the great outdoors.

• Colorful stories, clear maps, easy-to-follow directions
• Best hikes for waterfalls, wildflowers, mountaintop vistas
• Best hikes for families, romance, out-of-town guests
• Nature walks, moderate hikes, all-day adventures

“A Southern California classic.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Good directions, clear maps, colorful histories and descriptions.” 
—Sunset Magazine

“Put this on your guidebook shelf and you should have no trouble finding a wonderful place to hike from Santa Barbara south to the U.S./Mexican border. Good maps.” 
—Books of the Southwest

“The combination of McKinney’s writing skills and high quality production of Olympus Press of Santa Barbara has produced a book we can enthusiastically recommend.” 
—Santa Barbara News Press