How to find a safe, secluded spot to visit in California

A couple in southern California have found a secluded area where they can take a break from the city and enjoy the serenity of nature. 

The pair, who are both avid hiking enthusiasts, took a week off to hike the Wachusett Reservoir in the state’s Wachuset Valley.

They’re now preparing to return in January to see how far they can hike in the area. 

“I feel really lucky that we did it, because we’ve been in the mountains for almost two years now and it’s really not been that exciting,” Sarah Bower said.

“You’ve got to be really brave to do it without knowing that it’s going to be very dangerous.”

Sarah said the first time she climbed the Waceset Reservoir was in 2010, but she had no idea what she was doing.

“It was very scary,” she said. 

She says she was scared of the rocks and the water, and she’d only been out for a few hours before she felt a sharp pain in her back.

“When you’re up there, there’s a lot of rockfall, so it was definitely scary,” Sarah said.

Sarah and her partner, Justin Dickey, have been hiking the Wacheset for several years, but they decided to do this trip after seeing a story about how one of their hiking buddies had died while trying to climb the Wachsets.

“We’re looking forward to coming back, and we’re looking at the Wakset, and it just has a lot to offer, which is not so much the elevation but the variety of places to visit,” Sarah explained.

“This is the kind of thing that you can go out and see for yourself,” she added.

The couple say they’ll be returning soon, and will keep a journal of their trip so they can remember the experiences.