Favorite Birding Spots in Inland Southern California

Favorite Birding Spots in Inland Southern California

In my previous post, For the Love of Hummingbirds, I mentioned Kurt Leuschner shared his favorite birding places in the Inland Empire and desert areas east of Los Angeles. Leuschner is a professor of natural resources at College of the Desert in Palm Desert and leads many birding and nature walks.  Here they are [Read more...]

Great Hikes: Oak Glen Preserve for Fall Colors

Great Hikes: Oak Glen Preserve for Fall Colors

Fall in Southern California falls a little short for this Midwestern transplant. So a recent trip to The Wildlands Conservancy’s Oak Glen Preserve in Oak Glen CA, with its changing foliage of California box elders, sycamores and Kellogg oaks, made for one happy day. The fresh apple pie from Riley’s apple farm next door [Read more...]

Great Hikes: Skyline Drive Trail – Corona CA

Great Hikes: Skyline Drive Trail – Corona CA

I had a couple hours to kill in Corona CA while my husband attended an art class the last couple weeks — and luckily discovered this wonderful area in the Cleveland National Forest. Nice, mature chaparral, lots of birdlife during my dusk walks, and beautiful scenery. There are issues with parking (see below) [Read more...]

Great hikes: Head to the Crafton Hills

Great hikes: Head to the Crafton Hills

I’m always on the lookout for hikes that feature our area’s rich California native habitat and wildlife — and Crafton Hill’s Grape Street Trail in Yucaipa provides plenty of that. It’s an intermediate trail that takes you up a not-too-steep hill to nice views [Read more...]

Great Hikes: ‘Wild’ Wildwood Canyon State Park

Great Hikes: ‘Wild’ Wildwood Canyon State Park

I discovered another great, secluded hiking area in the inland area  - Wildwood Canyon State Park –  tucked away off Wildwood Canyon Road in Yucaipa, California. In another example of the importance of land conservation [Read more...]

Great hikes: Oakmont Park (Redlands CA)

Great hikes: Oakmont Park (Redlands CA)

In 2010, Carol Blaney moved with her family to the Inland Empire from Yosemite National Park, where as an interpretive park ranger she worked with Yosemite’s stunning scenery as her backdrop. The transition was helped when Blaney came across Redland’s Oakmont Park – she felt she had discovered a wild place. [Read more...]

Great hikes: Coachella Valley’s McCallum Trail

Great hikes: Coachella Valley’s McCallum Trail

I finally made it out to Coachella Valley Preserve  in Thousand Palms CA (near Palm Springs) to check out one of the hikes, the McCallum Trail, which in only two miles takes you through two palm oases, across the San Andreas Fault zone and through a desert wash. [Read more...]