Just two hours North of Los Angeles, you'll find a fairy tale wonder of rolling green hills, wildflowers, and peaceful silence. Wind Wolves Preserve is an unassuming nature conservation area found at the end of a side road off of Highway 166 in Kern County. At 95,000 acres, Wind Wolves is the largest non-profit preserve on the West Coast. There's several trails that take visitors through wildflower covered hills, and there is even a trail that follows streams and leads to a waterfall. A campground has been recently added--it's open on weekends.
I visited Wind Wolves Preserve and was shocked to find beautiful and secluded spot so close to Los Angeles. My friend and I packed a picnic lunch, arrived around noon and we stayed until sundown.
Also: it's private. We only saw three or four other visitor groups in that entire time, making it seem like we were the only ones roaming the foothills for most of the day. Granted, that was a Wednesday, which I imagine has much less traffic than a weekend. Even if it gets twice as busy, that's still a fraction of the crowds you'll see at Griffith Park.
Wind Wolves is located at 16019 Maricopa Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311. The preserve is open to the public daily from 9am - 5pm. Camping hours are from after 2:30pm on Fridays through 5pm on Sundays. Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Wildlands Conservancy website.