Looking for a sunny getaway out in nature but far from the crowds? Consider hiking trails off the beaten path. Sometimes the middle of nowhere is where you find your bliss. We recommend hiking in California’s Red Rock Canyon.
Despite the millions of residents and visitors to California, it is still possible to find your own slice of heaven here in the Golden State. The two most popular parks in the state are Joshua Tree National Park and the inimitable Death Valley. Sure, both of these parks are incredibly beautiful in their own right, but there are many more places just as beautiful yet not so discovered. Check out Southern Cali’s Red Rock Canyon for some of the best hiking trails in the state.
Red Rock Canyon is in the state park of the same name. One of its most beautiful out-and-back loops is Hagen Canyon Trail. It’s a short 1.2-mile round-trip, but don’t let the short distance fool you – there are dramatic landscape variations from beginning to end. You’ll see the cliffs, high canyons, wide washouts, and the big finale, Camel Rock. Yes – it got its name from its uncanny resemblance to a camel.
While this state park is much smaller compared to others in California, you’ll be glad you visited upon the sight of incredible red rock faces. You’ll be able to see these cliffs and much more along the Hagen Canyon Trail.
To get to Red Rock Canyon Park, take Route 14 to Abbot Drive and the trailhead is on your left immediately upon exiting the highway.
Enjoy standing below the red cliffs, a closer look at the incredible formations, and summit-ing them to take in the valley below.