14 1/2 miles in Santa Barbara – a long, tough day. This hike begins very near another recent hike, Lake Cachuma, and travels up to West Camino Cielo, where I hiked Lizard’s Mouth on the same day as Cachuma. I didn’t see a single person all day long.
When I read that this is the most popular trail in the Ojai area I was expecting and easy walk up the canyon. Wrong! This is a rugged hike with some rock-hopping and scrambling over boulders – very tough. Part of the trail was washed away a few years ago but new routes have been established. This beautiful canyon has been marred by imbeciles with spray paint, overwhelmed to a point where it seems hopeless that it will ever return to something natural and pristine. Still, a good day of hiking.
On this day I combined two approximately five mile hikes in the Beverly Hills/Studio City area. It was difficult to plan this hike as there are numerous trailheads from which to choose and my guidebooks all gave different directions. The cool weather made for an easy day with lots of things to see.
An eight mile lollipop loop connecting four trails in Porter Ranch. I’ve been on many hikes where part of the time is spent near neighborhoods overlooking houses, crossing streets, etc. This hike never gets away from that setting – houses are always in view and foot traffic on the trails is heavy. Porter Ranch looks like a nice neighborhood – clean, wealthy and well kept and everyone I passed was very friendly. As far as hiking is concerned, it was just a bit too much civilization for my taste.