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The hubby and I are moving to San Diego at the end of the month, and are looking for some nice weekend hikes. Our only requirement is that it be a 3 (maybe 4, tops) hour drive from San Diego. It would be nice to have some sort of water easily accesible...I know some areas are extremely dry and have no streams around.

Any suggestions will be welcome...we're moving there permanently and have been spoiled by the Colorado wilderness! We need lots of ideas :-)
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For local this is good:
https://www.wildernesspress.com/product....&page=1
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A few ideas...

In the summer: San Jacinto Wilderness
San Gorgonio Wilderness
Cucamonga Wilderness
Or drive a little further and explore the Sierra Nevada

In the fall/winter/spring: Anza-Borrego
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
Joshua Tree (have to carry your water, but the sights are amazing)
Mission Creek/Whitewater
Bridge to Nowhere, Angeles NF
Santa Cruz or Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands NP

Lots of trip reports on my site...

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Comparable scenery to Colorado is up US-395 to the eastern Sierra Nevada...a good long trip from San Diego.  High altitude trails start at Lone Pine and almost every wide spot in the road has roads leading west to 9,000'+ trail heads.

You will need wilderness permits for any over nights - especially the Sierra.  But you can make a series of day hikes into spectacular scenery in 6 miles with a 'base camp' at Independence, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Bishop.

For local(ish) hikes, you can find trail company from Meetup.com and checking in with Sierra Club and their scheduled itinerary.

Until late fall/early winter, much of the hiking in Southern California will be hot and short on water.

The Pacific Crest Trail starts on the border a bit inland from you.  Not the best place to be in Summer, however.


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First off - Welcome to California!
Second - I would echo the Eastern Sierra. áThe extra driving time is well worth it IMO.
(mapquest says SD to Lone Pine is 5 hours)

Cottonwood Lakes Trail
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Thanks! These will all be a huge help. We're definitely going to want to hit the Sierras once we're both established at our new jobs and can take a few days off!
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