Does anyone want to go on a weekend hike or day-trip?

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Hi everyone,

For the past few weeks & months, I've contemplated how more members in this group can meet one another.

A decent amount of rain during the past few weeks/months should mean green hills, meadows, and grasslands on some trails and possibly colorful wildflowers blooming.

My upcoming camping trips might get full, so would any of you want to plan some alternative events?

fyi: To make things easier for me, this is posted as Saturday morning until Sunday late afternoon, but you can choose any date and time that fits your schedule / availability / preference.

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Some suggestions are posted below.

If any location appeals to you, feel free to lmk (where and when you want to go), and maybe other group members can join you (carpool or caravan).

If nobody feels comfortable planning / hosting / coordinating something, then that's too bad. It's pretty easy to do.

If anyone likes flowers, I might try to go somewhere on the weekend of Feb 23-24, Mar 9-10, 16-17, or 23-24, so feel free to tag along if anyone wants to.

But the purpose of this post is for other group members to plan something on your own. My intention and hope is that more of you can have an opportunity to actually meet one another (without me).

So if there is a day (such as a Saturday or Sunday) where you want to plan a day-trip or a weekend camping trip somewhere, feel free to lmk.

The rain in January and February should mean the upcoming spring should be beautiful, so it's a perfect time to go outside and enjoy the outdoors/nature before the summer gets hot and the flowers die. :(

Oh, and if anyone prefers seeing waterfalls over flowers, I'll also post some links on the last section below regarding waterfall hikes (scroll down to the end).

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I'm posting this from my other account (because Meetup sends me MANY reminders/notifications).

Sometimes I leave my phone on at night, and Meetup will sometimes send exasperating notifications at 3 or 4 in the morning, and throughout the day...so I'm using this secondary account on an old, inactive phone.

So I might not see if anybody posts comments on here, and I'm very slow to check messages on this account, so if anyone has an idea for a group meetup event, it's best to message me on my main account.

https://www.meetup.com/OC_Camping/members/69743242

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Okay...the following are some recommended destinations to consider.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638

Drive time is about 2.5 - 3 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/P94K5bUKFZT2

Anza-Borrego has started blooming.

You can either go for a 1-day trip (if you leave SoCal early in the morning), or camping for the weekend.

All the reserve-able campgrounds are probably gone by now, but if I remember correctly, some free primitive campground might be available (leave no trace, bring your own water, no fire pit, take out all trash, poop, etc.).

https://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/du_abp_camp.html

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Wildflowers:

https://www.facebook.com/BorregoWildflowers

https://www.abdnha.org/pages/03flora/reports/current.htm

http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca_abdsp.html

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Photos:

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27675029

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26887330

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6F2VgObgXI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks_R_W6fJFE

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http://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/anza_borrego_pointsofinterest.html

Map - http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/638/files/abdspmap.pdf

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Antelope Valley

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http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627

Drive time is about 2 - 3 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/7hLtQw9rWW82

This is probably good for a day-trip on Sat or Sun.

Orange you glad you know what the state flower is? ;)

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https://www.facebook.com/PoppyReserve

https://www.tripsavvy.com/california-poppies-in-bloom-4119801

https://californiathroughmylens.com/antelope-valley-poppy-reserve

https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-the-antelope-valley-california-poppy-preserve

https://www.yelp.com/biz/antelope-valley-california-poppy-reserve-lancaster

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32607-d143471-Reviews-Antelope_Valley_California_Poppy_Reserve-Lancaster_California.html

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Videos:

https://vimeo.com/211540744

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnIro2iASRE

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Joshua Tree

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http://www.nps.gov/jotr

Drive time is about 2 - 2.5 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/xVCRHDpx7QG2

You can either go for a 1-day trip (if you leave SoCal early in the morning), or camping for the weekend.

All the reserve-able campgrounds are probably gone by now, and FCFS sites will be hard to get, so consider dispersed BLM land. It's primitive, but free (leave no trace, bring your own water, no fire pit, take out all trash, poop, etc.).

https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/camping-outside-of-the-park.htm

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Wildflowers:

https://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca_jtnp.html

https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/blooms.htm

https://www.hikespeak.com/bloom/wildflowers-in-joshua-tree

http://joshuatree.guide/wildflowers

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Photos: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26852212

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Walker Canyon by Lake Elsinore, Diamond Valley Lake by Hemet, and Chino Hills State Park

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Drive time is probably about 1.5 - 2.5 hours

Walker Canyon

https://www.yelp.com/biz/walker-canyon-ecological-reserve-lake-elsinore

https://www.theoutbound.com/orange-county/photography/explore-walker-canyon

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/walker-canyon

https://nobodyhikesinla.com/2017/03/24/walker-canyon

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Diamond Valley Lake

Call them before going to make sure their wildflower trail is open.

http://www.dvlake.com

http://www.dvlake.com/Wildflowers.pdf

http://www.dvlake.com/DVLTrailsMapFlower.pdf

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Chino Hills State Park

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=648

Check their website before going to make sure their trails are open.

https://www.facebook.com/chinohillsstatepark

https://californiathroughmylens.com/wildflowers-chino-hills-state-park

https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/chino-hills-state-park/wild-flowers

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Photos: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27739754

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9IdiTc79NU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDzpuP-IOBk

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Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge

https://www.descansogardens.org/visit/whats-in-bloom

http://www.yelp.com/biz/descanso-gardens-la-canada-flintridge

Photos: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26836034

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LA Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Arcadia

https://www.arboretum.org

http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-angeles-county-arboretum-and-botanic-garden-arcadia

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Other places for wildflowers:

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Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy - https://pvplc.org/_lands/trails.asp

Point Mugu State Park - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=630

Malibu Creek State Park - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614

Paramount Ranch - https://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/paramountranch.htm

Mojave Desert National Preserve - https://www.nps.gov/moja/index.htm

Figueroa Mountain in Los Padres National Forest - https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/Pacific_Southwest/FigueroaMountain/index.shtml

Gorman Hills Flower Fields and Hungry Valley SVRA - http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21945

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park - http://www.ocparks.com/parks/lagunac

Wind Wolves Preserve - https://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html

Saddleback Butte State Park - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=618

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park - http://www.ocparks.com/parks/ronald

Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge - https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bitter_creek

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Waterfalls

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Escondido Falls
Sturtevant Falls
Big Falls
Heart Rock Falls
Etiwanda Falls
Sapphire Falls
Bonita Falls
Fish Canyon Falls
Monrovia Canyon Falls
Paradise Falls at Wildwood Regional Park (in Thousand Oaks)

Holy Jim Falls
Falls Canyon
Black Star Canyon Falls
Dana Point Waterfall
Oso Creek Trail Falls

The Three Sisters (near San Diego)
Tahquitz Canyon Falls (near Palm Springs)

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https://modernhiker.com/best-waterfall-hikes-near-los-angeles

https://www.hikespeak.com/los-angeles/waterfalls

https://www.alltrails.com/lists/socal-waterfalls

https://fitt.co/los-angeles/epic-waterfall-hikes-near-los-angeles

https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/hiking-trails-in-la-the-best-hikes-with-waterfalls

https://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/top-10-southern-california-waterfalls

https://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/10-best-waterfall-hikes-near-los-angeles

https://www.thrillist.com/travel/los-angeles/best-waterfall-hikes-in-la#

https://californiathroughmylens.com/big-list-southern-california-waterfalls

http://www.thehikersway.com/hiking-lists/southern-california-waterfall-hikes

https://www.ocregister.com/2016/04/12/hiking-the-hidden-waterfalls-of-orange-county