In the Point Mugu area. A couple of years ago I hiked in Serrano Valley, parking off of Serrano Canyon Road. This time I parked on Pacific Coast Highway, hiked up Big Sycamore Canyon Trail and then through Serrano Canyon. This is a beautiful area.
Total oddball day of hiking. I traveled a long way to hike to Arrowhead Peak in the San Bernardino Mountains. Both my guidebooks and an online review said the trail is badly overgrown. I’ve been on overgrown trails before but this one takes the prize. Thick, sharp plants blocked every option. I wandered for awhile before giving up and returning to my car. Nature has taken back this trail. I Hope someone clears it again someday. Now I needed to find another hike. I remembered passing Mormon Rocks on my way to Blue Ridge Trail a couple of weeks ago. I was blown away by the bizarre looking formation. Since my drive home would take me past it anyway, Mormon Rocks turned out to be a perfect choice.
My second time in Griffith Park. These hikes are fun because there is so much to see, both natural and man-made. The drawback, for me, is crowds of noisy people and little sense of privacy or solitude. Good for a change of pace but I prefer natural silence on the trail (birds, streams, etc.) Griffith Park is like a big maze, with numerous trails springing from numerous trail junctions. Strangely, no one on the trail seems to know much about the area, certainly not any trail names, and there are few trail signs. Amazon sells a helpful and accurate map by Frank Neilsen that made navigation easy.
In the San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood this week. This trail is pretty typical of the others I have hiked in this area, maybe a little more tame. I followed Blue Ridge Trail to Blue Ridge Campground, and then a two mile segment of Pacific Crest Trail to Inspiration Point. Round trip of about eight miles.
Three years ago I started documenting my hikes. To commemorate the occasion I again returned to hike in the Circle X Ranch area. This year my goal was to reach or at least get as close as I could to the improbable Balanced Rock. This 40-foot monolith sits precariously on it’s perch above Echo Cliffs. I have passed by on Mishe Mokwa Trail several times in the past, but today I made a run for it.