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7 Short Hikes to explore in California

The most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area.

Barker DamJoshua Tree Parkway, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA

A water storage facility constructed by early cattlemen, including CO Barker, in 1900. It is a gathering place for desert wildlife, including many species of birds and Desert Bighorn Sheep. Native American petroglyphs can be seen on the rocks present in the trail to the dam.

Cholla Cactus GardenCholla Cactus Garden, California, USA

An intense concentration of cholla cactus. The small hike is through level plains, a mile in total on a loop.

Harmony Borax WorksHarmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail, Furnace Creek, CA 92328, USA

An abandoned borax mine. They became famous through the use of large twenty-mule teams and double wagons which hauled borax through the long overland route to the closest railroad in Mojave, California.

Hollywood SignLos Angeles, CA 90068, USA

American landmark and cultural icon overlooking Hollywood. "HOLLYWOOD" is spelled out in 45-foot (13.7 m) tall white capital letters and is 350 feet (106.7 m) long. Visitors can hike to the sign.

Mastodon PeakMastodon Peak, California, USA

Hiking trail through an old mine, three mile hike to the peak offers panoramic views of south eastern side of Joshua Tree National Park.

San Gorgonio MountainSan Gorgonio Mountain, California 92305, USA

This is the highest peak in Southern California which was in the San Bernardino Mountains. It is one of the most topographically prominent peaks in the United States. The mountain has a pyramid shape, with a steep north face and a slightly shallower south face.

Ubehebe CratersUbehebe Craters, California, USA

A volcanic field in northern Death Valley, consisting of 14-16 craters in a 3-square-kilometre (1.2 sq mi) area. The Ubehebe Craters are associated with a fault system that runs across them, all formed in a single phreatomagmatic eruption episode about 2,100 years ago.