Before I cover what to bring on a day hike, let me say a few things about mountain safety. Every year people die or find themselves in need of rescue in our local mountains. No joke. So many of these heartbreaking mishaps are avoidable. From my experience, here are a few of the biggest issues that get people into serious danger in our local mountains.

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Cucamonga Wilderness Hikes

This area can be accessed just above Upland off the 210 freeway and offers the largest variety of hikes in Southern California. You can buy the Tom Harrison Map for this area by clicking here.

Elevation 10,069′ with 3,900′ of gain – 8.5 miles up and back.

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Elevation 8,858′ (Cucamonga) & 8,603′ (Etiwanda) with 5,125′ of gain – 15 mile trip.

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Elevation 8,694′ (Ontario) and 8,441′ (Bighorn) with 4,170′ of gain – 14.5 miles up and back.

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Elevation 8,303′ with 3,325′ of gain – 9 miles up and back.

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San Gorgonio Wilderness Hikes

This area can be accessed just above Redlands, past Mentone. From the valley, you can get on trails just past Forest Falls or you can drive above Forest Falls to Angeles Oaks to access a set of connected trails. You can buy the Tom Harrison Map for this area by clicking here.

Elevation 11,503′ with 5,840′ of gain – 18 miles up and back.

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Elevation 10,649′ with 4,702′ of gain – 16.5 miles up and back.

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San Jacinto Wilderness Hikes

This area can be accessed from Idyllwild or from Palm Springs. You can buy the Tom Harrison Map for this area by clicking here.

Elevation 10,834′ with 4,689′ of gain – 12 miles up and back.

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Angeles Forest Hikes

This area can be accessed from the 210 freeway at Sierra Madre above Pasadena, or from the backside just past Wrightwood off Hwy 2. You can buy the Tom Harrison Map for Mount Wilson by clicking here or the map for Baden-Powell by clicking here.

Elevation 5,713′ with 4,743′ of gain – 14 miles up and back.

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Elevation 9,406′ with 2,818′ of gain – 8 miles up and back.

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