Upper North Fork Matilija Creek

Almost two years had passed since I hiked up the middle fork of Matilija Creek.  While this day’s trail was pretty easy to follow, there is always going to be some confusion when you’re under a canopy of leaves and branches.  The trail is rugged and has many creek crossings, but is broken up into manageable chunks with camps and other landmarks marking the way.  Also, there’s no better place than Ojai for wildflowers in the springtime.

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Jones Peak

A shorter peak in the San Gabriel Mountains beginning in the the town of Sierra Madre.  Despite the lower elevation and relatively short distance of 7 1/2 miles, I had to earn it this week.  The trail basically switchbacks all the way up to the peak and it’s a tough climb.  The descent is no picnic either.  All in all, another great day of hiking.

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East Canyon

I return to Santa Clarita after several months.  Last time I hiked to Mission Point (aka Mission Peak) via the trails starting in O’Melvany Park.  This time I came down from the other direction, through the surprisingly lovely East Canyon.  The trail is well shaded in the morning hours and a cold wind kept me fresh all day.

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