Caballero Canyon / Garapito Canyon

I hiked up to Dirt Mulholland and Topanga State Park from the Valley side.  Nice, mellow day.

1   Parking for Caballero Canyon is just off of Reseda Blvd.  There is a large sign marking the trailhead.  The trail, mostly, is the width of a single lane road.

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It looked like it might be another foggy day, but as I climbed blue sky began to appear.  Photo 2 – After about a mile and half I reached Dirt Mulholland.  This shot is of the Santa Susana Mountains to the north.

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8       9   I walked down Dirt Mulholland, a wide fire road, to Bent Arrow Trail.  Bent Arrow is short but fun and connects to the next trail.  The fog in the canyon below looked like rising steam.  Soon I came to a Fire Road #30 and the trailhead for Garipitio Canyon Trail.  This is a hiker’s only trail.

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Finding solitude in beautiful Garapito Canyon.

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13   Photo 1 – After a long descent into the canyon, Garapito Trail rises up to Eagle Rock Fire Road.  If you look closely, you can see the tower in the distance that I visited on my Hondo Canyon hike.  Photo 2 – It seemed like I was climbimg forever.  There were several instances when I was sure I was about to reach the top, only to find yet another switchback or false summit.

14   I reached Eagle Rock Fire Road and decided to eat my lunch at close by Eagle Rock.  I passed the turn-off for Cheney Fire Road on the way.  I like the unusual sign.

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Hiking up to Eagle Rock

18     19   I sat and ate lunch on a bench right next to Eagle Rock.  When I was done I decided to explore.  It’s an easy climb to the top of the rock, but it still feels a little dangerous.

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One of Eagle Rock’s caves

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Photo 2 – I scrambled to the highest point and took a seat.

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Looking toward the ocean from the top of Eagle Rock.

25     26   Photo 1 – Looking back down toward the base of Eagle Rock.  Photo 2 – I reversed course and headed back down the fire road.  I again passed Cheney Fire Road and another amusing sign.

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Killer Rabbit Cloud

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In the distance, the San Gabriel Mountains.  Mount Baldy looks covered in snow.

30   Coming up to Cathedral Rock

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Photo 1 – I arrived at the four way junction known as Hub Junction.  Photo 2 – I took Fire Road #30 which completed the loop portion of the hike.  Photo 3From Fire Road #30 I spot Bent Arrow Trail on the left, and in the middle of the picture is Gizmo Peak which is right next to the turn-off to Caballero Trail.  Photo 4 – In front of Gizmo Peak.

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One final panoramic shot of Oat Mountain and the rest of the Santa Susana Mountains.

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