Today is National Giving Tuesday - the day after we consume all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals and reflect outward to what we can actually give back. Since the California State Parks are something we are so grateful for, and enjoy often, we thought it was the perfect charity to support and donate to today and we urge you to match us!
A donation to the park helps to preserve the natural beauty, trail work, campsite maintenance, and restoration projects to keep our parks in tip-top shape for us to continue to recreate in. And if keeping our parks beautiful isn't enough for you, for as little as $25 you become a member of the CSPF receiving a branded tote and decal, 10% discount at California State Park Campgrounds and a 1 year subscription to Sunset Magazine.
Still not sold? Get out and enjoy some of our favorite California State Parks below and remember how important it is to keep them around!
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
The country's largest state park, Anza Borrego Desert offers hundreds of miles of trails, a breathtaking wildflower bloom in the spring, hidden desert palm oases, night skies so clear you can see the milky way, and unique wildlife including the elusive Bighorn Sheep. Grab a campsite anytime from late September to early April and enjoy yourself in the vast beauty of the desert!
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
You know all the hype you've heard about the striking coast lines of Big Sur? Well the rumors are true! The landscape is one of the most beautiful we've ever seen, and we had the pleasure of camping beneath giant Redwoods at Pfeiffer Campground, and being able to see the epic purple marbled sands and waves crashing over jagged rocks at Pfeiffer State Beach. If the beauty of Big Sur won't compel an appreciation of State Parks, I don't know what will!
Point Mugu State Park
About an hour and a half up the PCH from Los Angeles in to the Santa Monica Mountains you will find an outdoorsman's dream beach: Point Mugu. Bobby (Magpie) used to actually setup wildlife cameras in this area during his time with the National Park Services at the Santa Monica National Recreation Area, and described the crashing waves at the point as Fantasia-esque.
It features five miles of ocean shoreline, with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts. There are more than 70 miles of hiking trails, including the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. Plus there is swimming (of course) so you can cool off after working up a sweat.
Mount San Jacinto State Park
A few hours from LA and San Diego, Mount San Jacinto is the second largest mountain range in Southern California, standing at 10,834 feet above sea level. The PCT passes through this mountain and you can also access it via the aerial tram in Palm Springs. Our favorite way to experience the park is through the idyllic mountain town of Idyllwild where you can camp, shop, eat and hike!
Trails we recommend from Idyllwild are The Devil's Slide (permit required), Suicide Rock via The Climber's Trail (strenuous and very vertical 95 floor, 7 mile uphill climb to a good rock-climbing or view-gazing area), or The Ernie Maxwell Trail which is a very easy, scenic route.
Happy #GivingTuesday Wild Ones. We hope you enjoy your state parks as much as we do!