April was not very kind to me when it came to hiking and the trend continued. The trailhead is located 34 miles up the 101 from Santa Barbara. The Gaviota Peak hike appealed to me because I read it was like hiking in Santa Barbara but without the city below and with less traffic on the trail. Sadly, the weather conditions were poor and only got worse as the day progressed. I look forward to trying this hike again on a clear day because I have a good feeling that the views from the top are awesome. This turned into one of those hikes, a tough hike. Sometimes a tough hike is due to the steepness of the trail, the length of the day or, in this case bad weather. It became a test of will, hiker vs. the elements. I feel I held up well, just kept putting one foot in front of the other. I did enjoy the feeling of quiet solitude, made more pronounced by the blanket of mist that enveloped me.
I returned to Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park to tackle the hike I had planned for last week. My car keys did not get locked in the trunk this week and I had a solid day of hiking.
Tarantula Hill is a one mile round trip with a trail that spirals up a visibly prominent hill in the heart of Thousand Oaks. After two long hikes I wanted to back off this week but not quite this much. I planned to hike a segment of Los Robles Trail and a couple other trails but accidentally locked my keys and most of my gear in the trunk of my car. Long story short, I lost about 5 1/2 hours tracking down a phone and waiting for help to arrive. I decided to do a short hike, about 4 miles on the two segments of Potrero Ridge Trail. I had done some research on this hike and picked up a map at the trailhead which is just up the road from my original trailhead. I soon ran into a dead end and made my way back to my car after only two miles or so. I wanted to complete some trail that day. I saw Tarantula Hill from Potrero Ridge, searched around for it and finally found it. A unique trail and a fitting end to a strange day.