California Full Moon Events

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10 things to do during the Full Moon:

1. RUN-- Yucca Valley Full Moon Run takes place in August
2. HIKE -- Full Moon Hiking is available at many parks
3. RIDE A BIKE -- Full Moon Bike Rides in San Bernardino
4. GONDOLA RIDE -- Popular romantic ride is during a full moon
5. HORSEBACK -- Full moon horse rides in Carmel, Los Angeles
6. KAYAK -- Full moon kayaking tours available in Morro Bay
7. PIER WALK -- La Jolla Scripp's Full Moon Pier Walk sells out!
8. OBSERVATORY WATCH -- Full moons seen through telescopes
9. SNOWSHOE WALK -- When there's snow in the mountains
10. HARVEST -- Watch the crush pad at Harvest Moon Winery

1. Running: Runners often must get in their workout in the evening. In the desert the full moon affords a great run when the weather cools down a little.

2. Hike: Mt. Baldy Moonlight Hikes take place the Friday and Saturday of the weekend of or before the Full Moon. BBQ, Tri Tip and Chicken. Hike from the bottom up or take the lift and make the short stroll to desert view. There's lots of different hiking options. mtbaldyskilifts.com
Moonlight in the Desert in Death Valley. Walk with a Ranger in moonlit canyons, on looming sand dunes or sparkling salt flats. nps.gov
Experience Coldwater Canyon treepeople.org
Everything changes after dark the trails, the trees, the entire park. in a whole new light with hikes led by TreePeople staff and volunteers. Take in inspiring views of the San Fernando Valley, as the moon rises over coast live oaks and black walnut trees. Listen for owls. Absorb the peace, tranquility and beauty of the canyon trails after sunset.
http://letsgooutside.org/activities/
3 Full Moon Hikes: Bommer Canyon - city of Irvine
ORANGE COUNTY -- at Agua Chinon and Hicks Haul Road are produced by OC Parks

3. Bike: Full Moon Ride Bakersfield -- The Full Moon Ride is Bike Bakersfield's most successful organized group ride. It is a social, slow paced ride which averages 10 to 12 miles per hour. We meet at Beach Park at the entrance to the Kern River Parkway (the bike path). A group ride from Beach Park to the Marketplace at a pace of around 10-12 miles per hour is organized and kept together as much as possible. Once at the Marketplace, riders enjoy the fountain and various shops, then head home or back to the park in smaller, unsupported groups. Lights and reflectors for all, and helmets for those under 18 are required by the California Vehicle Code. bikebakersfield.org/events/fullmoon.html

4. Gondola Ride: Sunset Gondola in Sunset Beach, Naples Gondola Getaway, Newport Beach Gondola, San Diego Loews Gondola and Redondo Beach Gondola rides all have full moon rides.

5. Horseback: Los Angeles Horseback Riding -- these full moon rides are stunning! Location: 2623 Old Topanga Canyon Rd.
losangeleshorsebackriding.com/moonlight-rides/
With wildlife on trails, there's plenty to see, including falling stars! Big Sur, Carmel and Montery -- on Seahorse Equestrian Full Moon Tours seahorseequestriantours.com

6. Kayaking: One of the most prevalent and popular full moon activities, anywhere you find kayaks you're likely to find full moon cruises. Morro Bay Full Moon Paddle (centralcoastoutdoors.com) features a magical blend of moonlight, peaceful water and sea kayaking on Morro Bay. Leaving before dusk in sea kayaks, explore hidden corners of Morro Bay. After the sun sets, the full moon illuminates the sights of the bay at night. You won't believe how much bird and wildlife activity there is out there in the evening until you experience it for yourself. A mug of hot chocolate (fortified with Schnapps, if desired) and cookies rounds out this truly unique Morro Bay kayak adventure. Cal Berkeley Full Moon Paddle - recsports.berkeley.edu

7. Pier Walk: Full Moon Pier Walks only work well in places where the overhead, artificial lighting is dim -to- non-existent. La Jolla's Scripps Pier is such a place not typically open to the public.

8. Observatory watch: Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles (griffithobs.org) and Chabot Space & Science Center (chabotspace.org) in Oakland both publicize full moon schedules

9. Snowshoe Walks: Yosemite National Park - yosemitepark.com, and Lassen Volcanic National Park (nps.gov), as well as Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park (nps.gov) have snowshoe walks when the weather cooperates, providing enough snow to snowshoe

10. Harvest watch: Look for favorite winery calendar listings to see when they're open and you can watch the harvest process.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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