I have hiked Zuma Ridge Fire Road for quite some time now, mostly as an exercise trail. There are a few trails that break off the road and I hiked two of them on this day. Edison (I assume) ran a bulldozer down Trancas Edison Road a few months back. Before that it was so overgrown that I was never able to explore it. Chumash Indian Trail is another I had walked past for years and never checked out until now.
I started early Thanksgiving morning. I know this is a popular and easily accessible area to hike so I wanted to go on a day I figured would be less crowded. There were still a lot of people, especially later in the day. There are many interesting things to see – the ruins of several burned-out buildings, waterfalls and natural scenery. I hiked every trail, backtracking and criss-crossing my way across the park. A couple were pretty challenging.
My hike began with a series of false starts and confusion which left me wandering around just looking for a place to safely cross Malibu Canyon Road. Once I crossed the road I found I had to walk down Piuma Road for about a quarter off a mile before the trail heads right and off into the woods. I missed the poorly marked turn-off and had to backtrack. Finally, after this late start, I embarked on what would be one of my more physically taxing hikes.
I started on Los Liones Trail, hiked for miles on East Topanga Fire Road with stops coming and going at Mesa Parker Overlook and made it up to the park like Trippet Ranch. I had never hiked in the Topanga area before and found these trails different than what I am used to. The influence of humanity shone through in a few ways – invasive plants, city views and lots of people on the trail. I even passed a large group filming a commercial. During the day I spoke to several very nice and helpful folks but found most people interacted as if they were passing on a city sidewalk, that is they would pass without acknowledging or even looking at each other. An interesting hike overall, but trails this well traveled will never make it on my personal favorites list.
After a series of mishaps and a general bad vibe, I aborted my Wednesday hike. I returned on Thursday to the same trail, Triunfo Pass, which is right across the street from Sandstone Peak and Mishe Mokwa Trail. While Wednesday was very windy and cold, Thursday was crisp and clear, perfect hiking conditions. This hike is not very strenuous as the elevation gains come gradually on gentle slopes. The scenery is spectacular and I found many hidden treasures on the short trails that branched off the main trail. This hike just kept giving and giving. Every time I’d turn a corner there seemed to be a whole new view or another little curiosity. Read more