Hey Fred! Welcome to SoCalHiker!
Memorial Day is always going to be a busy weekend — mainly because for many people it marks the beginning of the backpacking “season.”
Here are a few suggestions:
- Trans-Catalina Trail – It’s possible to do this over three days, though I’d recommend longer. But you could do a section of this beautiful trail.
- Santa Cruz Trail – This trail is in the Santa Barbara backcountry of the Los Padres National Forest.
- San Jacinto – This is one of my favorite areas for a weekend backpack trip. The route described here was a simple overnighter, but check the map and you’ll see it would be easy to string together a nice loop over several days.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas to get you started! Let me know if you have other questions.