Today was a short hike, around five miles. This pleasant little trek had a lot of character but maybe too much human intrusion. Power lines next to the trail and views from above were compromised by busy Las Virgenes Road, a lot of condos, the freeway and a landfill. I didn’t feel the encroachment necessarily overwhelmed the hike, however. All in all an enjoyable day.
I parked on Mulholland Highway about a quarter miles from Las Virgenes Road an started my hike at 8:30 am. Right across the street is a fenced off adobe house. It just looked like an old boarded up house to me. I started hiking on North Grasslands Trail, which is a bit of a maze. The trail takes you past a nasty looking electrical plant. It reminded me of a giant science project. I did find the symmetry of the parts interesting to look at but the loud buzzing noise made me physically uncomfortable.
Looking back from a peak on Talapop Trail, you can see a faint trail running all the way to the top left of the photo.
I wish I could say this is a true representation of the view from above but I positioned the camera to cut out all the ugly condos at the foot of the mountain.
I passed some writing in the dirt by the side of the trail. Although the letters are faded the romantic message is clear. “Marry Me”, it reads.