Five Little Mulholland Hikes

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.

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Santa Ynez Canyon

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.

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