Adventures near La Verne

Ortmayer's impact still felt at
La Verne

Not-so unfair Fair: Taking advantage of discounts

School violence may not really be on the rise

This summer is all about the cinema

Virtual reality takes hold in the music world

Wall replica brings memories of Vietnam to Fontana

Whole Foods does its part to help the environment

Parents second-guess vaccinations

Flu season 2008 is not over yet

Prescription drugs are the new drug trend

Artists compete at Cal Poly exhibit

Astronaut speaks about his experiences in space

Students struggle to eat right on a budget

Designing babies may not be in our future

Young chefs learn to kick it up a notch

Plenty to enjoy at family festival and street fair

Small business spreads the Word

Vintage cars cruise through La Verne

Cargo headlines aviation issues

City council wrangles over possible bond

Student art on display at Cal Poly Pomona

Love of ink runs deep for Dipple

Flying Leathernecks at Chino Airport

Book compares presidential legacies

Gardenfest gives children a whiff of nature

Artists make over packing house

Winter California Style

'Milagro film showcases fight against outsorcing

Core class explores African cuisine, culture

Metrolink's holiday train
collects toys for needy

Family Fun Day promotes literacy among youth

Festival raises funds for Pilgrim's Place

'Redwall' series author visits
La Verne bookstore

Central Asia's finest musicians come to Pomona

Bono calls for action in Africa

Wellness Fair examines student, computer health

Families flock to Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival

Pomona honors fight against domestic violence at vigil

Younger designers break the crafting mold

Documentary sheds light on credit card debt problem

Claremont unearths time capsule

Matt's Run 5K fuels scholarship fund

Auction raises funds for child development center

U.S. poverty, inequality gap widens

Submerged in a neon trance

Stump photography studio proves successful

Summer box office nears record high

Community gathers to experience a 'Taste of La Verne'

L.A. air fails yet again

Fashion inspirations can be found on the street

Cheap, chic and modern businesses fulfill consumer expectations

Please don't feed the punk rockers

Survey says: students look forward to summer sequels

Upland's own gift shop is unique compared to many

Generations proves antiques biz is a labor of love

Shut down of pipeline forces conservation in La Verne

A 'Garden Affair' to remember

Claremont's Packing House is turned into a place for art

A twilight cruise back into the past

Festival offers Easter extravaganza

Movie Review:
Here's to you, 'Meet the Robinsons'

ASULV seeks improved gym hours

Senior citizens keep active with cards

La Verne offers a variety for restaurant goers

Toy show brings back popular pastimes

Big fat jazz band invades the Press Restaurant

Public artwork influences
La Verne

Glass House offers alternative mix of sounds

Supermarkets revisit contract controversy

Exhibit captures 'Wild Things' of nature

La Verne's past does grow on trees

Camellia enthusiam catches on

Class technology gives students options

Report concludes increase in college volunteers

Ice House brings the laugh

'Drum!' unites cultures through rhythm

Mark Olson brings the folk out

Exhibit explores life's ups and downs

The Press gets its country on

Parade of costumes marches on

Food brings out crowd for diversity celebration

Dracula dances into hearts

Lecture warns of MySpace dangers

Comedian provides large dose of laughter

Harvest Festival shines despite rain

Protecting privacy on the net

Guard your eyes from
'The Guardian'

Tech guru leads blogging workshop

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo

The Hereafter rock softly

The Ride of Your Life

Don't diss 'The Last Kiss'

LaMontagna lights the way with 'Till the Sun Turns Black'

Local game store boasts wide selection, customer care

Lachey loses what's left of him

Typical teen flick fails to 'Stick It'

Spanish cuisine adds spice to Pasadena

Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo continue console war

Thespians spin soft news for laughs

Family market place's popularity expected to increase

Child obesity super-sized to an epidemic

La Verne prepares for natural disasters at expo

Dating trends jump on the technological train

Yianni's offers original Greek cuisine

ULV sisterhood embraces new sorority

Seniors' handy work displayed at craft fair

Old Town shop keeps classics rolling

Pizzeria offers new twist on classic dish

La Verne's citrus history captured at Heritage Park

Local works displayed at art show

Labels and musicians not dying by digital music

Downtown La Verne parking taken by ULV students

Public smoking ordinance unrealistic for La Verne

College Connections exposes students to college campus

Sexual harassment report brings awareness

Sweethearts Dance brings community together

Housing bubble could pop
with increased interest rates

Students offer last minute
gift ideas

Staying alive: Folk music

Morning-after pill accessible
despite FDA delays

Life after college
on seniors' minds

Students on a budget reveal
holiday shopping tips

Arts Colony Latino exhibit
paints beauty of struggle

Faith's Comfort Food survives
with a homemade touch

Old Town shops not afraid
of Wal-Mart shadow

Pomona Public Library shows
literacy is no trivial matter

Prop. 73 revisits abortion laws
for minors

Depeche Mode returns
to explore love and purpose

Rival propositions 78 and 79 battle over medical benefits

Spirits return on
'El dia de los muertos'

Obesity weighs heavy in football

Cal Poly Pomona brings in the harvest

Students on forefront of AIDS activism

Grand Avenue Festival brings
diverse entertainment

Youth intervention agency expands local services

Candlelight Pavillion welcomes nostalgic musical 'Forever Plaid'

Anthony Caro exhibit makes Scripps first stop in U.S. tour

Jonathan Reed goes live

Fair lures job-seeking Leos

Concerts close to home

Students try to look good for summer months

Public reaction divided on sex education initiative

Grade inflation a concern among ULV faculty

Fears ease in wake of meningitis case

A money making hobby

Diesel fuel vehicles on the rise

Stem cell research exhibits
incredible potential

Drowsy driving common
among Americans

'My Space' captivates
quite an audience

Shari's Subs breaking through on D Street

Clarke waits for opportunity
in NHL

College students victims of credit cards

Gas prices continue to climb

Guitarists have no worries with the Fret House

Huerta remembers the late Cesar Chavez

Ultramarathons prove to be tough tests

Spring break right around the corner

Sports play huge roles in many lives

Measure S passes by narrow margin

Kendrick and Harden fill city council positions

El Saadawi speaks on women's rights

Democratic speakers discuss changes

Cross country remains a staple of Kenyan culture

Military recruiters target ULV

Measure S to maintain public services in La Verne

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Adventures near La Verne
Posted Oct. 15, 2008

Though seen as a quiet little town, La Verne holds the key to ravishing mountains, glistening beaches and challenging hiking trails.

La Verne sits in an area where students can venture out and in a matter of minutes can be in a world that differs from everyday city life.

While there seems to be an endless list of exciting adventures students can participate in, Mt. Baldy seems to be a good place for excitement.

La Verne resident Tom Kerrins-Torres has enjoyed Mt. Baldy since he moved here from Northern California in 2004. A horticulturalist at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, Kerrins-Torres is a frequent Mt. Baldy hiker.

“I really like the Icehouse Trail,” Kerrins-Torres said.“I also like to hike up to the top San Antonio Falls.”

Kerrins-Torres said that he enjoys the rules of national parks more than state parks. He added that the mountain offers amazing views and trails within a reasonable distance.

“The nice thing about Mt. Baldy is that it’s so close,” Kerrins-Torres said. “I can sleep in my own bed.”

He enjoys hiking not as a hobby or exercise, but for a deeper meaning.

“I want to feel a connection to something greater than myself,” Kerrins-Torres said.

Mt. Baldy resident Mendy Cox knows a lot about the area. Cox is the office manager at the Mt. Baldy Ski Resort. Cox explained that things that set Mt. Baldy apart from other mountain areas are its history and traditions.

“It’s like taking a trip back into time,” Cox said. “It’s nice to come up and see some of the history.”

The ski resort has been around for more than 50 years. Cox, who been with the resort for 20 years, sees the resort as a place to go to relax.

“You can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city,” Cox said.

Cox said that the resort does not have the same feel as other resorts such as Mammoth, because it was designed to keep the hometown feel the resort gives.

“People love nostalgia,” Cox said.

Because of the location, visitors are able to enjoy other parts of California in the same day.

“People come in the morning and ski then go to beach later on and surf,” Cox said. “You really can’t do that with other ski resorts.”

Here are some spots to quench your thirst for adventure:

Mountain High Resort

No need to travel hours to places like Mammoth and Big Bear when you have this winter snow resort about 40 minutes away. It is closer and cheaper than most resorts.

San Gabriel Valley Bike Trail

If you have the need for a 10-speed, take Arrow Highway to this bike trail that runs all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The bike trail starts in Irwindale and heads out to Long Beach. Running parallel with the 605 freeway, the trail passes several cities along the way. If you get tired, there are plenty of restaurants and shops where you can visit along the way.

Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park

In the hills of San Dimas, the park’s main feature is Puddingstone Lake, a 250-acre body of water that is located in the center of the park. The lake is great for swimming, water skiing and wind surfing. For fishing enthusiasts, the lake is filled with various fish. Visitors can bring or rent jet skis and boats at the park. There are also spaces reserved for vehicle camping.

Huntington Beach

Enjoy your fun in the sun visiting this popular Southern California destination spot. About 40 minutes south of La Verne, travelers will find it easy to pack up beach umbrellas and sun tan lotion and head down. Do not forget your surfboards!

Joshua Tree National Park

About 100 miles east of Los Angeles lies this famous national park that offers the desert heat and dry breeze like no other place. The park is filled with a variety of plants and animals, but the real entertainment happens at night when the sky displays a plentiful display of stars that light up the dark sky.

Planes of Fame Air Museum

This non-profit aviation museum takes you back to a different time. Each year the museum puts on an annual air show in the spring, which showcases planes from different eras. General admission is $11.

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