• Pumpkin Rock - Norco, California

      Pumpkin Rock
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. That really is a 20-foot tall stone jack-o-lantern glaring at you from a hilltop. Its face is painted onto an amazingly round boulder, and whenever it gets covered with graffiti, someone comes along and repaints its face. It's a strenuous hike up the hill to get a good view of it, but that's part of the fun. In fact, the surrounding hills are full of hiking trails worth exploring, and Pumpkin Rock is just the icing on the cake. The area is also popular for mountain biking and horseback riding -- Norco is known as Horsetown USA.

      If you go:
      Accessible any time without cost. Wear hiking boots or shoes with good traction. Note that the address given may vary from other addresses you'll find listed, as there is more than one way to approach the site.


      3500 Crestview Drive
      Norco, California 92860 USA