Tuna Canyon Park

A hot day, no doubt one of many to come this summer.  The big views on these fire roads were made less stellar by the hazy conditions.  A fun day nevertheless.

1     2   I parked at the top of Big Rock Drive and then walked left on a paved service road which travels 0.4 miles up to a water tank.  The dirt trail picks up before and to the left of the tank.  The mountains to the north are familiar.  I have hiked on the other side of them.

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Photo 1 – On zoom, the antennae on Saddle Peak  Photo 2 – On zoom, the tower that stands above Hondo Canyon.

5     8   The houses in these pictures look like Legos to me.

6     7   Just a few hundred feet from the beginning of the fire road, another road runs to the left – this is Big Rock Lateral.  It descends about a half mile, down to a flat pad.  Photo 2 – The view from Big Rock Lateral.

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Malibu Pier, Malibu Lagoon and Malibu Colony on zoom

10   Lovely snake

11     12     13   After Big Rock Lateral I got back on the main fire road, Big Rock Motorway, and headed down the next turn off – Budwood Motorway.  This took me toward the ocean.  I didn’t go far before I turned back.  Instead of retracing my steps, I took a short trail that connects to Big Rock Motorway and runs by a grove of Eucalyptus trees.  The trail then took me to a shady spot under some oaks, shown in photo 2.  What a welcome relief from the heat.  Photo 3 – Two mushrooms – one the victim of my boot as I stumbled into the darkness from the heat and glare.

16     14     15   The sandstone rocks in photo 2 look like a hippo.

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If you keep going straight the trail becomes Hearst Tank Motorway.  At the end is this stone maze.

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Please allow yourself the fun of walking through the spiral maze and enjoying all of the positive messages and small offerings left by previous hikers.

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Peace symbol in the center of the maze

25     26   On Hearst Tank Motorway I saw no water tank, just this nasty pool of green water.  Photo 2 – A bunch of sticks in the ground, I’m not sure what it is or was.

27   Santa Monica Bay through the haze and smog.  This was as good a view of the coast that I was given today.

28   On my return I noticed a small trail next to the entrance to Big Rock Lateral.  It led out to the top of a small hill.  Here I found the best views of the day.  I love it when the best stuff happens to come at the end of the day.

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These four photos – panning from left to right at the top of the small hill.  I took a couple of minutes to really take in the enormous views.

33   Paraglider over the Pacific

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One last shot, from the Pier to Point Dume

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