A new and different adventure this week. Usually when I plan a hike I look for a trail or series of connected trails that add up to about ten miles. I have noticed, however, that there are many shorter, unconnected trails that beckon for exploration. On this day I hiked five of these trails, all between one and three miles long, and all accessed from Mulholland Highway. The trails were 1) Arroyo Sequit 2) Clark Ranch Road – Backbone Trail Loop 3) Rocky Oaks Park 4) Peter Strauss Ranch and 5) Cistern and Lookout Trails in Malibu Creek State Park. This was a really fun day, working out as well as I had hoped. Each hike had it’s own unique and memorable character. I look forward to more days of short hikes in the future.
I parked along the road in the same place I parked when I hiked Hondo Canyon, but this trail goes in the opposite direction. I then had to hike about a mile over trails and roads to get to the Backbone Trail and Trippet Ranch. Thanks to the kind strangers who helped me find the way. It was a hot day and getting back up from the bottom of the canyon was tough.