Castro Crest

Back in the Santa Monica Mountains this week, hiking the section of the Backbone Trail from the top of Corral Canyon to Newton Motorway.  There were several interesting sights and it was nearly empty on this cloudy day.

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Devil’s Punchbowl

Celebrated Thanksgiving with this hike, a two hour drive from home.  This park sits right on the San Andreas fault and is known for its crazy rocks.  I felt a little unsettled all day. Everything is a bit different than I am used to – the pine covered mountains, the altitude and, most noticeable, the steeper drop offs from the side of the trail.  I started out on the wrong trail as well, which was confusing (Don’t take Burkhart Horse Trail).  I finally got it worked out and enjoyed the rest of the day.  First I hiked to Devil’s Chair, a narrow, fenced-in ridge high above the Punchbowl with amazing views.  I also made sure to include Devil’s Punchbowl loop, a mile long trail that takes you close to these oddly shaped boulders and walls of stone.

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Arroyo Verde Park

A short, three mile hike in this park located in Ventura.  There is a very park-like feeling – small, a little crowded and not much solitude.  Even when you are far away from someone, you can see them and they you.  There’s not much cover on the trails.  I wanted to make this hike longer and there is a cool looking steep loop, but I didn’t want to overexert as I just had some dental work done.  A nice diversion for this week and I look forward to getting back to longer hikes next week.

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Mount Clef Ridge

Back to Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks this week.  It’s not possible for me to give a fair evaluation of this hike as the heavy overcast blocked all views from the top.  After I was about half way done the Sun started to shine through.  Too bad as I have a feeling the views from the ridge were probably very nice, based on prior hikes in the area.

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