5 ideas to spend spring and summer in state parks

Winter has transitioned into spring and that means warmer weather is on the way – or already here! We asked some of our supporters to share their favorite photos and activities during the spring and summer in California.

 

Here are 5 suggestions for spending these sunny seasons in state parks!

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“I love Salt Point State Park because the views are unbeatable and you can't go wrong with sandstone climbing on the coast. I like Castle Rock State Park because it's accessible to the Bay Area and there are hundreds of problems (climbing routes) to try for bouldering and ropes. I also like Castle Crag State Park because it's such a beautiful granite outcropping.” - Paulina Dao, San Francisco  

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“Winter and early spring at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are great times to hike and photograph. This January, a day after rainfall, three male Peninsular bighorn sheep were grazing along the Borrego Palm Canyon trail and didn’t mind as we watched and photographed them. Farther up canyon, California fan palms grow in areas of high groundwater and towered above us.” - Bob Allen, Mission Viejo    

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“During the spring, I love ‘glamping’ in the yurts at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park! It’s so much fun to explore the park’s beautiful hiking trails as well as the rich history of the nearby Bale Grist Mill.” - Samantha Joseph, Oakland    

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“I love Los Angeles State Historic Park in the spring! It’s a peaceful park for something so close to the city. Allows me to have the best of both worlds, I get to walk around Chinatown and look at the shops and I get to go to a park and sit and relax.” - Brenda Chi, Los Angeles  

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“Getting up early, loading the kayaks, packing a thermos of coffee & bagels, then heading to the Rat Farm. Destination: Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park.” - Steve and Sharon Stein, Hawthorne Let us know your favorite parks for spring and summer by tweeting to us at @calparks!