Road trip: 5 hikes to make on your next drive from L.A. to Morro Bay

Los Angeles Times 

Road trips make me antsy. As a hiker and runner, I build in as many stops as my buddies will tolerate on the four-hour or so drive between L.A. and Morro Bay. Here are five hikes that take you from blacktop to nature -- and back again. Wendy Trail in Newbury Park: A 15-minute detour from U.S. 101 takes you into the grasslands and meadows of the Santa Monica Mountains. Walk a few flat miles on this trail and you'll come to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, where kids can play in the outdoor wikiup or view artifacts inside.