Conejo Mountain / Dos Vientos Open Space

This hike was a pleasant surprise.  I was looking for a trail that is close and short, meaning I could get a very early start and get off the trail before the day’s 96 degree heat could get me.  I did start at sunrise but went a lot farther than I had originally planned – 11 1/2 miles.  While it was hot, my saving grace came from a cool wind pulled in from the west.

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Will Rogers State Beach to Venice Beach

A 14 1/2 mile beach hike exploring the best of Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Venice.  This hike is a long, skinny loop.  I parked for free on Temescal Canyon Blvd. and crossed the highway to Will Rogers State Beach.  From there I walked in the sand right next to the surf all the way to the Venice Pier.  On the way back I took the mostly paved roads and bike paths exploring the Venice Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier and Palisades Park.  There is a lot to see.  I had a great day.

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Zuma Canyon

I have hiked these trails before but not in a couple of years.  I decided to switch things up in a couple of ways.  First, this was a rare late afternoon/evening hike for me.  Also, I hiked the trails in a different order than I have before.  A peaceful and quiet seven miles.

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