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A Guide to Hiking the Santa Rosa Mountains

Author's Note

Growing up in the American Southwest, where I live to this day, I've always made sure I'm never more than a short drive away from hiking opportunities and green spaces. The climate of Southern California is rightly appreciated, of course, but it also creates a thriving environment for a rich variety of plants, animals and unforgettable experiences.

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