Phantom Trail

Another hike off of Mulholland Highway and right across from Cistern Trail in Malibu Creek State Park.  This one runs in the opposite direction.  I hadn’t given it any thought but right before my hike I wondered why they call this “Phantom” Trail.  Alas, I saw no phantoms.  The hike was a pleasant one and well marked.

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Westlake Vista Trail / Pentachaeta Trail

Kind of a strange hike.  On my map Pentachaeta Trail is a two mile out and back.  Westlake Vista Trail isn’t on my map and I only discovered it existed when I was scouting trailhead locations.  When I did a search for Westlake Vista Trail I found a route that someone had “recorded” on their GPS.  The route connected the two trails and made a large loop.  That sounded perfect.  When I tried to hike this route I found out why it isn’t on the map.

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Talapop Trail

Today was a short hike, around five miles.  This pleasant little trek had a lot of character but maybe too much human intrusion.  Power lines next to the trail and views from above were compromised by busy Las Virgenes Road, a lot of condos, the freeway and a landfill.  I didn’t feel the encroachment necessarily overwhelmed the hike, however.  All in all an enjoyable day.

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