High heat was forecast for this day so I was looking for a short hike outside of the Santa Monica Mountains. This trail, located in Simi Valley, is not too strenuous, easy to follow and has some great features. I started early, around 6:50 am. I ended the hike just as the Sun began to really tun on the heat.
The first point of interest on this hike is the 15 foot cross that stands atop Mount McCoy, here bathed in a beautiful morning glow.
Celebrate the New Day
The main trail is a well-maintained series of of switchbacks to the top. There are also countless chances to cut the switchbacks and make the hike more strenuous. I held to the main trail until this point when I headed straight up to the cross.
Though about a mile or so away, this angle is best to see the plane. The closer one hikes to the library the less one can see due to the poorer angle and light.
Six views from the water tank
The single lane intersects with the road up to the Library. Although I didn’t explore very thoroughly, I could see the grounds are beautifully maintained. I ate lunch at a picnic table near the entrance and then headed back.
On the Edge of the Earth
Photo 2 – Looking down at the trail from the top
A couple more shots from above
The view of the Mount McCoy cross from near the trailhead.