9 Amazing Natural “Highs”

Escape into the foothills or above with these mountain-high getaways.

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Summitpost.org
Who wouldn't want to explore a place called Alcoholic Pass? It's just one of the day hikes you can explore in the Santa Rosas north of Anza Borrego and Southeast of the Salton Sea. Even if you've never scaled more than a few flights of stairs, there's something for you along this desert trail. Get more information here.
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Scale San Jacinto Peak and you just may be able to see the lights of Vegas. That's what some say. It's a 5.5 mile hike to reach the second highest point in southern California (just don't forget the 5.5. miles back down). If it's a clear day, you may be able to see Catalina Island from the top. Get more information here.
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Telemundo San Antonio
The Pacific Crest Trail passes within miles of Lake Arrowhead. In the summer months, it's a great place for hiking or camping. For those looking to relax, check out the summer concert series starting in May.
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Summitpost.org
Who wouldn't want to explore a place called Alcoholic Pass? It's just one of the day hikes you can explore in the Santa Rosas north of Anza Borrego and Southeast of the Salton Sea. Even if you've never scaled more than a few flights of stairs, there's something for you along this desert trail. Get more information here.
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Brevard County Sheriff's Office
The view from the top can go for miles - literally hundreds of miles - when the skies are clear. Get the summer pass for the Palm Springs Aerial TramWay and take unlimited rides from May 1 through August 31. If you decide to eat at Peaks restaurant or Pines Cafe, the summer pass will get you 10% off your meal. Get more information here.
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The Tramway car takes you more than 8500 feet off the desert floor.
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Suzann M. Leininger, FF
The steep, twisting turns of Palomar Mountain in San Diego's North County lure motorcycle clubs and sports bikes for group rides. Take a drive to the Palomar Mountain State Park. The is an entry charge of $2 per bike but it is well worth the price. You can follow a road down to Doane's pond which has numerous hiking trails. Another single lane road will take you high on the mountain, past numerous antennas, for a breath taking view. Get more information here.
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Erik Hermann
Big Bear Valley, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, has what are considered some of the best hiking trails in southern California. Choose from easy loops to a more difficult climb that intersects with the Pacific Coast Trail. Get more information here.
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Erik Hermann
In the springtime, if you're looking for something a little less taxing than a day hike around Big Bear, check out a 1, 2 or 3 hour horse ride with views you won't soon forget. Get more information here.
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Mt. Soledad is a peak right in the middle of San Diego. You can't miss it with its large white cross above the I-5 just east of La Jolla. Drive up the winding side streets to the top and you'll be surprised by the view. On a clear day, you can see Downtown, Point Loma and the coastline without getting short of breath. Get more information here.
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Here's a look at the Mt. Soledad Memorial by Jose Gutierrez.
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Amaresh Basu
Black Mountain in Rancho Penquitos is a hike that covers almost five miles. You'll follow Miner's Ridge Loop Trail and once at the top, you'll enjoy views of the mountains and the ocean. Get more information here.
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The view of Point Loma and the coast from Mt. Helix, a small but very high point in the East County of San Diego. If you're driving along I-8 and wondering what the cross is on a peak near SR 125, it's this public park that's open during certain events. Get more information here.
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