I celebrate two years of documenting my hikes by returning to Circle X Ranch where it all began. This time I didn’t connect with the Mishe Mokwa Trail and complete the loop with the Backbone Trail. Instead I continued on the Backbone toward Point Mugu on Chamberlain Trail to it’s end and the junction with Old Boney Trail. The weather was perfect, mostly sunny but not too bright or warm. Looking back now it’s hard to believe, for such a popular spot, I didn’t see a single person on the trail today, not even from a distance. I spent 12 hours wandering among massive rocks and boulders and encountering awesome views too big to be taken whole by either eye or camera. Inspiring day.
Knocked off a good chunk of the Backbone Trail today. Got off to an earlier than usual start, around 5:30 am or so. The weather was warm but not too warm, and the trail was busy but I also enjoyed long stretches of solitude, quiet and getting back to nature. I traveled from Will Rogers State Historic Park to Hub Junction near Trippet Ranch. Tough but fun hike.
A day for exploring Lake Cachuma and a few stops along the way. I was in Santa Barbara and heading up San Marcos Pass before the Sun came up. In order I visited: Chumash Painted Cave Park, Knapp’s Castle, Cold Spring Arch Bridge, Lake Cachuma and a rock garden/climbing destination known as Lizard’s Mouth. Lots of driving and I’d guess only about seven and a half to eight miles of actual hiking, but I was rewarded with a fine adventure.
My hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains have proven quite rewarding, despite drive times of over an hour and a half one way. This day’s hike was no exception. Although the trail totaled out at just over 8 1/2 miles, this was a day full of variety. I rock-hopped through rugged canyon bottoms to serene waterfalls and then climbed up on narrow cliff-hugging tracks with awesome mountain views. This hike is a winner.