A few days before this hike I was standing in my backyard. It was warm, the moon was bright and I hatched a plan for a 4th of July night hike. I would leave in the evening, take photos of the golden hour, the setting Sun, the full Moon and, of course, the professional fireworks that were to be launched from the barges anchored offshore here in Malibu. Mother Nature had her own plans.
I return to the Circle X Ranch area, home of the Sandstone Peak and Triunfo Peak trails I hiked previously. I think this is the most beautiful area in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is a shorter outing, around five miles, but is loaded with spectacular scenery.