I celebrate two years of documenting my hikes by returning to Circle X Ranch where it all began. This time I didn’t connect with the Mishe Mokwa Trail and complete the loop with the Backbone Trail. Instead I continued on the Backbone toward Point Mugu on Chamberlain Trail to it’s end and the junction with Old Boney Trail. The weather was perfect, mostly sunny but not too bright or warm. Looking back now it’s hard to believe, for such a popular spot, I didn’t see a single person on the trail today, not even from a distance. I spent 12 hours wandering among massive rocks and boulders and encountering awesome views too big to be taken whole by either eye or camera. Inspiring day.
I started out around 6 a.m.
Echo Cliffs and Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock on extreme zoom
Turning in a circle from starting in the east and going west.
I spot Conejo Mountain which I hiked less than a month ago.
Checking out a few interesting rocks from Sandstone Peak. While here I took time to remember lost friends.
Photo 1 – To the left, that high point is Sandstone Peak. Photo 2 – Closer to the left – Boney Point Photo 4 – To the right – Exchange Peak
From the main loop I took the trail to Tri-peaks and then on to Chamberlain Trail. The trails are well signed. The amazing rock formations continued to appear. Photo 3 – I noticed climbing anchors embedded in one of the boulders.
The trail turns a corner at the top of Boney Ridge and begins downhill for several miles. Sadly, although the view of the ridge should be outstanding, there is thick brush about ten feet high blocking that view. There are just a couple of open spots to capture the scene.
Straight ahead is Point Mugu State Park. Photo 2 shows the military satellite dish on the hills above the park.
Chamberlain Trail’s Split Rock
I guess you could squeeze through the crack if you’re skinny enough. Photo 4 – Top of Boney Ridge from Chamberlain Trail’s Split Rock.
There was a little damage on the trail from the big Point Mugu fire, but not too much. In photo 2 you can see how the fire swept up to the top of this ridge on the right, and then fizzled out, sparing the left.
Looking up at Boney Mountain from the Chamberlain – Old Boney Trail junction.
I read that the native people from this area considered Boney Mountain a sacred place. Looking at it close up and from a distance, I can understand how a primitive person would get the impression that there is a powerful force at play here.
Face of the Old God
It’s difficult to tell if the size of these boulders translates in these photos. They’re massive.
Photo 4 – Body of water below, somewhere in Westlake Village I presume.
After my hike I drove down Pacific Coast Highway to the beach at County Line just in time to see this lovely, golden sunset. Grateful for another wonderful year of hiking.