Even when it's chilly by Southern California standards, coastal bluffs still offer an inviting destination for a stroll.
The place:Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The attraction: a 2,000-acre park with hiking trails that is one of just 2 places in North America where Torrey pines grow. (The other: Santa Rosa Island, near Santa Barbara.)
All of the above are a total treat in sunny conditions, even cooler days, such the ones taking place when this post was written. Los Angeles set a new record low for Jan. 14: 34°F.
Today's Guidebook Getaway take a look at a trail guide that offers a fine overview of the hiking opportunities within the reserve as well as other walks in America's typically toasty southwestern corner.
Schad, sad to say, is no longer with us. The former chairman of the physical sciences department at San Diego Mesa College, an endurance athlete and author of many trail guides, Schad died of kidney cancer in September 2011. As the San Diego Union-Tribunereported in its obituary, Schad was 61.
I used 101 Hikes as my guide for another recent Guidebook Getaway, the audacious Cactus to Clouds hike (with 10,200 feet of elevation gain) from Palm Springs to the summit of Mount San Jacinto. Thanks for all the tips, Jerry Schad.
No doubt Jerry would want people in Southern California to make the most of a sunny winter weekend. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve sounds like a good option.
Footnote: When SoCal temps slip into what most Americans consider to be just chilly to cold, that makes news in the region—and prime lampoon fodder for Jimmy Kimmel: