I return to the Circle X Ranch area, home of the Sandstone Peak and Triunfo Peak trails I hiked previously. I think this is the most beautiful area in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is a shorter outing, around five miles, but is loaded with spectacular scenery.
Huge mountains fill the eyes. I took quite a few photos on Canyon View Trail but found better views of the same sights on the Grotto Trail.
To continue on you must climb down these boulders. Honestly, it was a bit more dangerous than I had anticipated.
Boulders upon boulders
These two shots look back up at the boulders I had scrambled down, to give an idea of the level of difficulty.
Photo 1 – There are also a lot of great holes to fall into, if that’s your thing. Photo 2 – Surrounded by walls of rock. Photo 3 – All the while the water flows through these big boulders, about 12 to 15 feet below, and you can catch glimpses of it through the cracks.
Don’t fall in.
I came upon a small opening that led back under the boulders. I took off my boots and crawled inside. I would say the water was about knee high. I’d advise some kind of foot protection.