Quite an interesting day. As I drove home last week I noticed a sign for Grizzly Flat off of Angeles Crest Highway. I found the trail in one of my guidebooks and made my plan to hike to Grizzly Flat and then beyond, a seven mile round trip. But my plan was doomed from the first step because the trailhead described in the book was actually located down the road a bit from where I started. My fault, no doubt, but maybe you can forgive my confusion as the location from where I started had a sign marked “GRIZZLY FLAT TRHD” and the trail I took was labeled Grizzly Flat Road on my GPS. One can get to Grizzly Flat from where I began, although it will add a couple miles total to the hike. When I got to a three way junction a couple of miles in I again took the wrong trail because I was on the wrong trail in the first place. I hope you’re now not as confused as I was on this day. Beyond all that, I still had a great time. The trail I took was interesting and had great views, and it’s one I never would have taken it because it doesn’t have a “trail name” and isn’t listed in any guidebook. I actually feel pretty lucky to have made my mistake. I’ll be back for Grizzly Flat another day soon.
I thought I was done with the San Gabriel Mountains for awhile, due to the cold weather, but a recent warm spell brought me back this week to bite off another chunk of Gabrielino Trail. I had a fine day but it was really buggy – scores of relentless little flies swarming around me. At least they’re kind of polite, they got very close to my face but rarely landed on it.
Las Virgenes Trail, not to be confused with Las Virgenes View Trail which is on the other (ocean) side of the 101 Freeway. The last two hikes I’ve taken required some extra planning. This week I wanted something easy to follow and, with the help of a good map, found it here in Calabasas. Don’t get me wrong, although simple this hike was physically demanding due to the 12 1/2 mile length. Although not overly scenic, I enjoyed this trail. I think it’s around the ten mile mark when I can finally rest my mind, turn off the dialogue, the last song I heard, etc. and just be present on the trail.