Beautiful Christmas day, 66 degrees, sunny with some strong wind at higher elevations. Amazing rocks formations are the highlight but I also enjoyed the solitude as I didn’t cross paths with another person until I was about 5 minutes from my car at the end of my hike.
I didn’t have a lot of time for hiking this week, so this short, local trail fit the bill. In addition to the 2.5 mile loop, I also took a connector trail that links to Puerco Canyon Fire Road. I would guess the total miles to be around five. A clear and windy day.
This hike looked kind of boring on paper. It’s a combination of a wide and people busy unpaved section of Mulholland Drive and a few short trails that connect to it from the Valley side of the Santa Monica Mountains. The hike, actually, turned out to be quite entertaining. The weather was perfect for a long day of hiking – sunny and clear but only 60 degrees with a slight breeze. About 14 to 15 miles, I think, a Sun up to Sun down excursion.
Had a lot of fun. Every hike was awesome in it’s own unique way. The whole day just had a magical feel to it.
In order, I hiked:
1. Lake Casitas – Shoreline Trail
2. Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail
3. Piedra Blanca rock formations
4. Rose Valley Falls
5. Meditation Mount
I was hiking or driving all day but the hike miles only totaled about 7-8 miles.
Cool, gray day. Nice area.