Silent Hiker…Signing Off

I have decided to retire this blog and move on to other things.  I will continue to hike and take photos, and maybe once in a blue moon I’ll post a new entry, just to keep it alive.  I wish you all well.  May your journeys be safe, fun and fulfilling.

Thanks for reading,

Silent Hiker

Four Little Los Angeles Lake Hikes

A day of short hikes. I visited four bodies of water – Hollywood Reservoir, Echo Park Lake, Silver Lake Reservoir and Lake Balboa.  All were unique in their own way.
Hiking Distance:
Hollywood Reservoir – 3.6 miles
Echo Park Lake – 1 mile
Silver Lake Reservoir – 3.2 miles
Lake Balboa – 1.75 miles
Total – Around 9 1/2 miles

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Zuma Ridge Trail: Fourth of July Hike

It was five years ago to the day that I hiked this same trail.  Like then, I began in the late afternoon and ended after dark. My plan, to make it up to Buzzards Roost Ranch and then down to a high spot to take in the fireworks show off of Broad Beach.  My previous hike was marred by thick fog. I couldn’t see a thing. This year the skies were clear.
Hiking Distance: Around 8 miles

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San Marcos Foothills Preserve / Lotusland

I began my day at San Marcos Foothills Preserve, a newer hiking destination in Santa Barbara. There are about six miles of trails running through a former a cattle ranch. It’s also super easy to get to, located just a few minutes drive from the 101 Freeway. Afterward I toured Lotusland, an amazing, private botanical garden. One must make a reservation at before arriving.
Total Hiking Distance: Six miles at San Marcos Preserve and three hours of wandering through Lotusland.

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