A guide to the best hikes and microbreweries in Southern California
Beer lovers and hiking enthusiasts, these 40 Southern California hikes are for you! Each carefully selected hike leads you through a stunning natural landscape and ends near a brewery or a brewpub where a local craft beer awaits you. This full-color guidebook features the best one- to five-hour beer hikes in Southern California. It takes you along Pacific Coast beaches, up to high peaks and stunning waterfalls from the Southern Sierras to Cleveland National Forest, and through the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.
Each trail description includes details on access, difficulty, duration, points of interest, and, at trail's end, a recommended beer, with notes on its appearance, aroma, and taste. The choice of breweries reflects the wonderful diversity of the SoCal brewing scene, and gives you an inside look at the creative and passionate craftspeople behind the beers.
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"Over the past several years, both the hiking and the beer scene in Southern California have improved and expanded. It's great to have a guide that combines them both and spotlights lots of local favorites!"
– Casey Schreiner, author of Day Hiking Los Angeles and Discovering Griffith Park and founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Hiker
They say hiking is about the journey, not the destination—but sometimes the promise of a cold beer at the end of the day makes the journey even better. With Johanna Flashman’s charming new trail-to-tavern guide in hand, you’ll find your own perfect pairing between Southern California’s natural beauty and its beloved breweries.
– Cameron Walker, author of National Monuments of the U.S.A
About the author
About beer hiking in Southern California
Choose the beer or the hike
On the hikes and hike ratings
On the breweries and beer ratings
Preparing for your hike
2. MAP & INDEX
3. THE BEER HIKES
San Luis Obispo
1. Bishop Peak
2. Point Buchon
3. La Purísima Mission State Historic Park
4. Lover's Loop
5. Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove Loop
6. Montecito Peak
7. Santa Paula Canyon and Punch Bowl
8. Anacapa Island Inspiration Point
9. Paradise Falls
10. Iron Horse
11. Cave of Munits
12. Escondido Falls
13. Skull Rock
14. Hermit Gulch
15. Trail Canyon Falls
16. Griffith Park Hollywood Sign
17. Whittier Hill
18. Mount Wilson
19. Wright Mountain
20. Mount Baldy
21. Will Abell Memorial Trail
22. Grand View Point
23. Joshua Tree Willow Hole
24. Murray Canyon
25. Suicide Rock
26. Wild Horse Peak
27. Mount Rubidoux Trail
28. Weir Canyon
29. Telegraph Canyon Road
30. Black Star Canyon Falls
31. Laurel Canyon
32. Paradise Mountain
33. Volcan Mountain
34. Cedar Creek Falls
35. Potato Chip Rock
36. Annie’s Canyon
37. Cowles Mountain
38. Chicano Park Urban Art Walk
39. Mother Miguel Mountain
40. Wind Turbines PCT Segment
Johanna Flashman is the founder and editor of The Freelance Outdoorswoman, a platform showcasing women freelancers in the outdoors industry. Her own writing has appeared in prominent outdoor magazines including Outside, National Geographic, and Climbing. To create this book, she lived in a Sprinter van for eight months while hiking and tasting her way through Southern California.
They say hiking is
about the journey, not the destination—but sometimes the promise of a
cold beer at the end of the day makes the journey even better. With
Johanna Flashman’s charming new trail-to-tavern guide in hand, you’ll
find your own perfect pairing between Southern California’s natural
beauty and its beloved breweries.
--Cameron Walker, author of National Monuments of the U.S.A.