A big change of pace this week, a hike along the beach. This hike actually had three distinct sections – Ormond Beach, Bubbling Springs Recreation Greenbelt, and Port Hueneme Beach – a total of about nine miles. The area has a ‘blue collar’ beach feel, being right between Point Mugu Naval Station and Port Hueneme Harbor, the only deep sea harbor between San Pedro and San Francisco. The industrial aspects turned me off at first but the area grew on me as the day wore on. Different and enjoyable.
High heat was forecast for this day so I was looking for a short hike outside of the Santa Monica Mountains. This trail, located in Simi Valley, is not too strenuous, easy to follow and has some great features. I started early, around 6:50 am. I ended the hike just as the Sun began to really tun on the heat.
A ten mile loop on the southeastern edge of Topanga State Park. A few months ago I tackled Rustic Canyon Trail and Sullivan Ridge Fire Road. The two trails I hiked on this day are the next two trails over. I started on Sullivan Canyon Fire Road and the difference between this trail and Rustic Canyon is like night and day – much tamer and more hiker friendly. I also made an interesting stopover at San Vicente Mountain Park, a.k.a. LA96C, a former Nike missle installation which has been converted to a small park. Rain was forecast but never materialized, but the clouds made for nice cover an some great photo ops.
Great find in the Thousand Oaks – Oak Park area. I was reminded of Point Mugu area trails with a good climb to a flat area at the top. The trail was a bit crowded at the start but I did receive good directions from a couple of helpful hikers. Simi Peak is the highest point in the Simi Hills an offers 360 degree views. This hike had a little of everything I like – big views, cool rocks, a cave, some rusted old machines, wildlife and solitude.