Devil’s Slide

I hiked parts of both Old Stagecoach Trail and (New) Stagecoach Trail in the Simi Valley/Chatsworth area.  This was just one of those days.  I arrived at the parking area described in one of my hiking books and found it to be inaccessible – Chatsworth South Park has been closed for about five years due to due to lead contamination.  I had to find an alternative up the road.  I had camera trouble, I wandered off the trail numerous times and it was hot.  When I finished up at 10:30 a.m. temperature was cracking 90 degrees.  While I can attribute some of my problems to bad luck, I have to be honest and admit that I didn’t properly prepare for this hike.  An important lesson learned.

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