It’s officially autumn (although you wouldn’t necessarily know it by the recent L.A. weather), and the leaves are changing color. While many people might not think of Southern California as a top destination for fall foliage viewing, there are quite a few places in and around L.A. to do just that. Here are five to check out, and last year’s list is included below if you want more ideas.
Anaheim Hills Trail. There’s more to Anaheim than Disneyland, and buried in the residential neighborhoods of Anaheim Hills, quite a few nature trails allow residents to escape from it all. The trees in Weir Canyon provide a nice palette of fall colors during this time of year.
Potrero John. While this quiet, peaceful spot in the mountains above Ojai may be a bit of a drive for some people, it can be reached in a little over an hour from the San Fernando Valley. At more than three thousand feet above sea level, the short trail provides dramatic views of the Los Padres National Forest, a pleasant creek, and lots of fall colors on the sycamores and maples that line the canyon.
Sandberg/Golden Eagle Loop. Like the Potrero John trail, this trip is a bit of a drive for most L.A. hikers, but it’s worth the effort to get there. The mix of high desert and mountain views plus a wide variety of plant and tree life make this one of So-Cal’s under-appreciated hikes.
San Juan Loop. In the Cleveland National Forest, this short but scenic loop provides a perfect break for people who want to stretch their legs while traveling the Ortega Highway. Hot during the summer, it becomes cool and quiet during the fall and winter. Best part of all: you can reward yourself with a snack when you’re done at the Candy Store, right across the street.
Wildwood Park. This large outdoor space near Thousand Oaks may best be known for year-round Paradise Falls, but the fall colors, courtesy of the sycamores that line the canyon, are an added bonus.