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Enjoy California's Open Spaces

Ceanothus lines the trail at Escondido Canyon (click pic to see more 2013 wildflower info)
Welcome to caopenspace.org 

A collection of my "open space" photos, most taken on day hikes around Los Angeles and Orange Counties and a few in Tulare, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties and San Diego Counties.  On this site you will find trail pictures and other information about many popular wild and scenic spots in Southern and Central California.

"Open space" could be a state park or beach, a coastal area, a wilderness park or natural preserve.  Open space is good for our environment and offers many outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, picnics, camping, wildlife and native plant viewing, photography or just to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of California.

Returning visitor?  Quickly find
the most recent updates to this site in the
"What's New" section.


Site Navigation Tips:  See Places to Visit page for a photo index by area or use the section at the end of this page listing all areas found on this site by hike type or use the "Go To" drop down below.

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Lake Isabella (click pic to see more)

Sturtevant Falls www.caopenspace.org 11-8-09-094
Sturtevant Falls, 11-08-09

Things we have to say...
WARNING:  Rattlesnakes, Poison Oak, mountain lions and other potentially
hazardous insects, plants or wildlife are found in all areas described on this site. 

Never seen a rattlesnake
or wonder what rattlesnake tracks look like?
See my 
Safety page for pictures, tips and info.

Interested in California Native Plants, the flora you see along a hike?  Check out the new native plant gallery on CAOpenspace Facebook page, includes links to detailed plant info with the pictures (no login on Facebook required):  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=33014&l=a10171291f&id=100405670015047

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Wildwood Park, Paradise Falls (click pic to see more)

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Forrestral Reserve, Palos Verdes Peninsula (click picture to see more)

Holy Jim Falls 3-15-08
Holy Jim Falls, Orange County CA (click pic for more info & images)

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Fort Tejon State Historic Park (click pic to see more)

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Solstice Falls

Solstice Canyon Waterfall, Malibu CA

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McGrath SB , August 2011

McGrath State Beach reopened, click here to make reservations.  McGrath was listed as one of best coastal access campgrounds in a recent Fresno Bee news article, click here to read more.

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Channel Islands National Park, Santa Cruz Island (click pic to see more)

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Gaviota State Park

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Black Star Canyon

Refugio State Beach

What's new:   

July 2013:
March 2013:
New Page Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland Park
Updated the Wildflowers page
updated the Take Action page

December 2012:
updated page Forrestral Reserve (Palos Verdes Nature Preserve)

November 2012:
page re-write: El Dorado Nature Center
updated page Modjeska Canyon & Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
New Page, O'Neill Regional Park

October 2012:
Updated page Wildlife at Los Cerritos Wetlands & Gum Grove Park
New page, Bolsa Chica SB

August 2012:
New page, McGrath SB Trails
New page, San Buenaventura SB
New page, Ormond Wetlands
New page, Channel Coast State Parks
updated the Save McGrath SB page

June 2012: 
Updated the Take Action page
New page Lake Isabella
New page Sequoia National Monument, Trail of 100 Giants
Updated Fort Tejon State Historic Park page
Updated the Los Cerritos Wetlands Page and

May 2012:  Updated the Take Action page

April 2012:  Updated the Save McGrath and McGrath SB pages

March 2012:
Page re-write Limestone Canyon Wilderness Area

February 2012:
Added new page Carpinteria State Beach

La Jolla Canyon Falls, Point Mugu State Park - PtMaguSP/2-28-10-146
Point Mugu State Park, 2/18/10

View of Malibu Creek at Malibu Creek SP - 7-19-08_malibu_canyon-086
Malibu Creek State Park, 7-19-08

Hillside trail in Gum Grove Nature Park, 12/22/10
Gum Grove Park, Seal Beach CA


Lake Isabella
Barbara's Lake/James Dilley Preserve

North Peak, Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands National Park - Santa_Barbara_Island/7-24-2010-317
North Peak, Santa Barbara Island

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Giant Sequoias, Trail of 100 Giants

Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve 4-12-08
Poppy Preserve, 8 miles of trails

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El Dorado Nature Center

Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park - Anacapa-Channel_Islands/7-5-2010-123b
Anacapa Island, 7/5/10

Corral Canyon Park - CorralCyn/3-5-10-007
Corral Canyon Park, 3/15/10

McGrath State Beach Nature Trail - McGrath4-17-10/4-17-10-179
McGrath State Beach, 4/17/10