There are several trails around Southern California that bear the name “Chumash”. This one is located in Simi Valley and runs parallel to Hummingbird Trail which I hiked several months ago. Las Llajas Canyon Road runs parallel as well but is one trail further up the road. The two are connected by North Ridge Trail and a portion of Rocky Peak Trail to make a 10.5 mile loop. A windy but pleasant day.
A 13.7 mile loop in Calabasas with a thousand and one switchbacks. This was a challenge both physically and mentally. A rare treat, I didn’t meet a single person on the trail all day.
Sometimes things just don’t come together like we plan. I was back in Santa Barbara this week on a trail that is supposed to mirror my two previous hikes in the area – start in the canyon and climb to East Camino Cielo Road. But I lost the trail someplace. This sort of problem is usually just temporary but I couldn’t overcome it this time and had to turn around after about three miles. There were signs marking the trail along the way, there was supposed to be another marking a footpath but I never saw a sign nor a footpath. While I was left with a feeling of disappointment I was also left with a lot time on my hands – to observe more closely and smell the roses if you will. The sights were awesome and I had a fun day so how could I be anything but happy?
First time hiking in the Upper Ojai Valley. I asked a local if Sisar Road is in Santa Paula or Ojai and was told neither. The road is actually the divider between the two. Everybody that lives to the south has a Santa Paula phone number, to the north an Ojai phone number and the little town itself is called Summit. I got a late start and had a bit of trouble parking my car but after that it was a fun 12 mile out and back. I didn’t see a soul for the first 10 miles.