Rose-Lion Connector Trail

I’ve missed hiking in Ojai.  I was back in the Rose Valley area on this day and had another great time, although this hike was my backup.  I had planned to hike Lion Canyon Trail from Middle Lion Campground to Nordhoff Ridge Road, an 11 mile round trip.  When I arrived on the scene I found the gate to Middle Lion Campground and the campground itself were closed for the winter.  If I followed my original plan I would have to add an extra two miles to my hike and that was just too much.  So Plan B it was.  I hiked more than just Rose-Lion Connector Trail, I also visited the East Fork, West Fork and Middle Lion Campgrounds, approximately 9 miles in total.

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Zuma Ridge Trail Do-Over

I take pride in the fact that I rarely hike the same trail twice.  However there have been a couple of hikes where the weather was poor and I don’t feel I was able to capture the true character of these areas.  I last hiked up Zuma Ridge Trail on the evening of the 4th of July, 2012.  I hoped for an awesome sunset followed by fireworks, but instead found myself stumbling around in a dense fog.  Today, three and a half years later, I was treated to a gorgeous, clear and cool day.  I felt strong today.

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