Mental Health and the Mountains

During the quarantine, being in nature has really benefited my mental health. It’s been a much needed source of relaxation and exploration for me. I’ve been to more parks and beaches during these past few months than I ever have. Now I know more about local parks in my area, and I appreciate public green space so much more. During quarantine, I also started reading and just hanging out at parks. It’s an opportunity for me to get fresh air, look at trees/scenery, disconnect from electronics, journal, have distanced hang-outs, and take a break from being at home!

My First Time Hiking the San Gabriel Mountains

My favorite of hiking Eaton Canyon was seeing the waterfall itself because this was my first time hiking the trail! It did look smaller than I originally thought, but I heard this area changes throughout the different seasons, so I want to check it out again another time.

Machiko’s Memories of the San Gabriel Mountains

Thanks to living near the trails in Altadena, I’ve been able to go hiking safely during this quarantine – on week nights and early mornings. I’ve seen a family of deer, rabbits, and even a bobcat. I’ve been able to notice the color of buckwheat turn from light pink in the spring – the beginning of quarantine – to a brighter pink and now a dark shade of red.

San Gabriel Mountains Testimonials

Over 15 million people live within 90 minutes of the San Gabriel Mountains (SGM). Additionally, 3.5 to 4 million people visit the SGM National Monument each year! Every experience in the SGM is different, so take a peak at the memories that other folx have created there.