I returned for the second week in a row to the San Gabriel Mountains. Why not when the weather is this perfect – clear, blue skies and temps in the low 60’s. I followed a trail that connects the Chilao and Charlton campgrounds and then loops back around past a small observatory, totaling out at about 7 miles.
I needed a shady trail to escape from the heat. Not only did I get shade, it was a wonderful overcast day and this 4.2 mile section of the Gabrieleno Trail between Switzers Picnic Area and Red Box Picnic Area was easy to follow and a pleasure to hike.
Back in Thousand Oaks to complete the trails I started a few weeks ago. I again got lost and had to backtrack, but not as bad as first time. The trails had some decent sandstone formations and a nice view of Bard Reservoir.