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,
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.
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
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
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 Lotusland.org before arriving.
Total Hiking Distance: Six miles at San Marcos Preserve and three hours of wandering through Lotusland.
I collected a good chunk of coastline today. Stringing this and four past hikes together, I have now traveled from Will Rogers Beach in Pacific Palisades all the way up to Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes. I’m loving this June gloom.
Hiking Distance: Around 12 miles