Hiking at Hulda Crooks Park
Hiking is enjoyable and something free to do here in Southern California. There is no need to join a gym with all the great hiking trails that are free to explore.
Hulda Crooks Park is located in Loma Linda California, which is sixty miles east of Los Angeles, California. This park offers a bit of fun for everyone with lots of grass and play areas for families with children, tennis courts, two dog parks, but I am most interested in the hiking trails. Many mountain bikers, hikers, and runners can be spotted going up and down the trails. There are rugged trails for those who want a bit of an adrenalin rush, but I prefer to stick to the level walking paths, so I can observe all the plants. I do like going up the hill, but I prefer using the trails that do not go at a ninety degree incline. A year ago I did go up one of those steep trails, but it is not an every day thing for me. Here is a video I made of one of the steeper trails.
Map of Hulda Crooks Park
The thing I like about places such as Loma Linda is that the life is a slower pace, and there are still open spaces for hiking and mountain biking. There are so many advertisements for gym memberships any time you go online, but it does not cost much money at all to get in shape. Of course you can buy an expensive mountain bike or work out clothes, but I just wear regular tshirts and shorts when I go on hikes. I am thinking about buying some new shorts for hiking and lounging now that it is summer, but it does not cost much money at all get out of the house and start exploring nature. There were many groups of mountain bikers and hikers meeting at the base of the trail, so maybe you can encourage your friends to meet up if you want to make physical fitness a bit more of a social thing. I actually do not mind hiking on my own, and it is fun to get out and explore nature.
This video will give you an idea about what the walking trails look like here at Hulda Crooks Park.
When was the last time you went on a hike?
So if you are a beginning hiker, the lovely thing about this park is there are easy trails, and trails for the more advanced hiker. Keep in mind you will be sharing the trails with mountain bikers, so it is good to keep your eyes and ears aware of bikers coming up and down the trails. It is not an overly dangerous because mountain bikers will not purposely people on foot, but sometimes when they are traveling at high speeds, it is difficult for them to stop on their downward descent. So it is best to use common sense, and be aware of your surroundings wherever you go.