12896 Yerba Buena RdIf you’re looking to beat the heat on a hike that feels like a world away, check out the Grotto at Circle X Ranch.
The 3-mile trek travels from the campgrounds near the National Park Service ranger station through a riparian canyon that narrows as it travels south toward the ocean.
Shaded in sections where it travels under oak groves, the hike follows along a seasonal creek that features several waterfalls during wetter months.
The highlight of the hike is where the western f...
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