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Great place to take little ones in SoCal over the summer?

Have 2 little ones, 2 and 1 and would love to start getting them both in nature more. They love being outside and getting more into the swing of walking and playing. Looking for somewhere maybe not so hot this time of year but fairly removed from people. Hiking or camping, we do have one Osprey child carrying pack at least.


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Both our kids LOVES the Osprey Poco Carrier. One is now a bit too old for it but our younger 1yo still loves it. It's one of the only thing we have that guarantees that she'll be calm and mellow (except for yanking my hat off but that's ok with me).

I totally know you feel about the recent hot weather, even hiking near the beach is HOT! Best place to escape the heat in SoCal is probably up in the San Bernardino or Angeles. High altitude is usually a LOT cooler in the summer time. There's a lot of great camp sites around big bear.

All the local hikes we have in OC are pretty exposed except for Whiting Ranch which has decent shades.