Runkle Canyon

A last minute decision to hike in Simi Valley paid off nicely. The fire roads I hiked have very little shade but a cool wind kept things comfortable all day. The views just keep getting bigger as I went.  I hiked around 8 or 9 miles and felt strong.

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Canyonback Trail

A ten mile out and back in Brentwood. This trail parallels all the other north-south fire roads in Topanga State Park and I had wondered about it for some time. It’s not listed in any guidebook as far as I know, and is located just beyond the border of my Tom Harrison map. I could see this fire road from Westridge Fire Road and even passed the upper trailhead while hiking on Dirt Mulholland. Recently I stumbled upon an online review and figured it was referring to my mystery trail. If you’ve hiked the other fire roads in the area then you’ll find it’s very similar only less crowded, both good things.

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Mount Baden-Powell

A long overdue trek to Mount Baden-Powell. When viewed from Angeles Crest Highway, this mountain can be intimidating because it’s just so darn big and tall and the highway it looks nearly straight up and down. The trail to the top with it’s many switchbacks, however, is moderate in incline and quite safe. The elevation did get to me today and I felt tired and dizzy at times. I’m not sure why, as I had no problems when I hiked right across the way to Throop Peak, Mount Hawkins and Mount Islip. The views, especially of Mount Baldy, cannot be beat.

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Forrestal Nature Reserve to Abalone Cove

How much magic can be squeezed into one hike? It was hot in Palos Verdes and there wasn’t much shade on the trails. Beyond that my day was nearly perfect. The views from the hills are spectacular. The views from the bluffs below are equally amazing. The trails are smooth, well maintained and well signed – a pleasure to hike on. This was just one of those rare days when everything seemed to fall into place. Helpful maps of this area can be found here: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

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