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Jeremy Best
(ultralitejer) - F
The best Backpacking trip for kids! on 02/14/2006 19:58:37 MST Print View

This year will be the first year for me to bring my six year old kid, I will start him off with short hikes. But where are some good short trips I could take him (I live in Southern California)?

Randy Brissey
(rbrissey) - M

Locale: Redondo Beach, CA
So. Cal Trips on 02/14/2006 20:49:22 MST Print View

Where do you live (in SoCal)? and how far are you willing to drive?

Randy

Edited by rbrissey on 02/14/2006 20:49:54 MST.

Jeremy Best
(ultralitejer) - F
The Best Backpacking trip for kids on 02/17/2006 23:47:01 MST Print View

I Live in the Lancaster (just north of LA). We normaly backpack in the Sierra, as far north as Mammoth. I have hike many trails throughout southern and central Cali. From Rock Creek Lake there are some good places, and down here there are some okay places outside the Frazier Park area. I'm just looking for any ideas.

Edited by ultralitejer on 02/17/2006 23:48:46 MST.

Randy Brissey
(rbrissey) - M

Locale: Redondo Beach, CA
Trails with Kids on 02/18/2006 00:11:27 MST Print View

Hello Jeremy,

One of the best places that I take newbies or any other people for a short trip is to go south of Mount Whitney to the Cottonwood Lake area. You hike maybe 1 1/2 hours the first day then a couple hours the second day up to the lakes where you can spend a day exploring the area or to hike up to New Army Pass. The hike back to the car is easy. Going further north I like to hike up from Rock Creek or to go to Reds Meadow and day hike out of there.
Back over on this side (LA Basin) is to go up above Idyllwild.
Randy

Jeremy Best
(ultralitejer) - F
The Best Backpacking trip for kids on 02/19/2006 20:22:33 MST Print View

Randy,
I will look at the maps, plotting the elevation gains and losses. Towards Idylwild, what trail or the name of the trail head? I've been there but its been years.
Thanks, Jeremy

Mireille Halley
(tinyscrafts) - F - MLife

Locale: So Cal
reviving this topic on 08/15/2006 23:39:56 MDT Print View

jeremy, where did you end up going?
I'm dying to get out with my kids and OOS husband now that they are finally old enough. They are 4 and 7. I've been looking all over san gabriels, san gorgonio etc. for something reasonably flat/short/loop like. I can't seem to find much except maybe long valley off the tram in san jacinto, but those tram tickets add up fast. I'm looking at walk in camp sites now (gotta start somewhere)