I wasn’t sure what to name this hike in Ojai. I started and ended on Cozy Dell Trail, but also hiked at least part of Cozy Dell Road, Fuel Break Road, Gridley Trail, Gridley Road, Shelf Road, Signal Street, Pratt Trail, and Foothill Trail. I had planned on a 13 mile hike, but a couple of wrong turns took the total up to a tough 14.8 miles. While I successfully used my map and compass more than usual, it was difficult with so many trail changes. There are very few markers that tell the actual name of the trail ahead. I have often written of how I love the solitude I find while hiking. On this day, however, I really had to rely on the kindness of strangers to get me through.
A full and fun day of hiking in Hollywood. I planned to see a lot and was able to squeeze in everything – a 13.7 mile adventure. In addition to Mount Lee I also made stops at Mount Bell, Amir’s Garden, Cahuenga Peak, Burbank Peak and Bronson Caves.
Not to be confused with a previous hike (Tuna Canyon Park in Malibu), La Tuna Canyon is in the Verdugo Mountains. I had hiked here once before, to the top from the Burbank side of the mountain. This time I started on the other side in Sunland. The hike was only seven miles and was only that long because I made a major navigational error near the end. With these hills it’s not so much the length but rather the steepness of the trails.