Nice to be back in the Topanga area. Being in this environment, with familiar sights and vegetation, it just feels like home. This was supposed to be a short hike but due to a couple of wrong turns it wound up being around 13 miles.
The first real hike I ever did was at this spot in the San Gabriel Mountains. I wasn’t even sure this was the same place until this day. This is a popular hike with extraordinary canyon and creekside scenery. Aside from a few loud and clueless visitors and all the trash along the trail, I had a great time.
Another fun day in the Simi Valley / Chatsworth area. I split the day between two different locations. I like doing this as I don’t have to carry as much weight and can eat lunch in my car. Oat Mountain is the highest point in the Santa Susanna Mountains and the round trip was just over seven miles. Sage Ranch Park is a garden of giant boulders, massive slabs and little caves. I hiked three miles there.
I finally made my way out to the San Gabriel Mountains – this hike begins in Altadena. At the top of Echo Mountain one finds the ruins of White City, a hotel/resort built in the late 1800’s. Traffic was a little heavy because this is a popular trail but everyone was cool. Beyond the ruins I continued up into the hills and my total hiking distance was around 12 and half miles for the day.
Beautiful creek-side hiking in Ojai. Turned out to be a little longer than I anticipated, a bit over 13 miles. The terrain is almost all flat but there is some rock-hopping involved. I needed a good hike to get back on track and Ojai delivered.