Hondo Canyon / Topanga Lookout

Had an awesome day.  The trails I hiked – Hondo Canyon Trail, Fossil Ridge Trail and the road up to Topanga Lookout were pretty empty.  I was freezing for the first ten minutes but warmed up as I climbed up some rocky, sometimes steep or slightly treacherous terrain.  This hike had excellent views and a few oddities that made it fun.

SDC12633     SDC12646   I began my hike before the Sun rose.

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Off the trail a few feet is a rock perch sitting above a creek.  At the bottom a cross – what happened here?

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SDC12700  Photo 1 – Where I have to go – that ridge up there.  Photos 2 and 3 look back from where I came.

SDC12709   I noticed a mysterious tower in the distance.

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Tower on zoom

SDC12721   Warning Ignored

038     045  Ocean views from Fossil Ridge Trail

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Fossil Ridge Trail really does have fossils.

048   Deer above Fossil Ridge Trail

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1 Hondo     At the end of Fossil Ridge Trail I saw what appeared to be a bus stop down by the side of the road.  This is Lois Ewan Overlook.  There are placards with maps showing different landmarks.  Photo 2 is Calabasas Peak, photo 3 is Ladyface Mountain.

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Looking toward the ocean and see Santa Monica Bay.

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The road that leads to Topanga Lookout is a paved but closed to traffic.  There is graffiti everywhere, which I usually hate.  But I must admit, there are some eye catching paintings.  The road soon forks.   I stayed on the paved road and it took me up to the tower I saw on Hondo Canyon trail.  Covered by graffiti, protected by razor wire.

142   I went back down to the junction and joined the dirt road.  Soon I spotted the concrete foundation for Topanga Overlook.  At the end and and at the top.  This shot was taken from below on the main trail.

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The views are huge – 270 degrees.  The Lookout is also covered in spray paint.

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SDC12804     SDC12803     SDC12801     SDC12798     SDC12794   From Topanga Overlook, these five photos pan left to right.

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More views from Topanga Overlook

143     SDC12873   Heading back now.

SDC12878   Saying goodbye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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