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.
Photo 1 – On zoom, the antennae on Saddle Peak Photo 2 – On zoom, the tower that stands above Hondo Canyon.
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.
Malibu Pier, Malibu Lagoon and Malibu Colony on zoom
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.
If you keep going straight the trail becomes Hearst Tank Motorway. At the end is this stone maze.
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.
Peace symbol in the center of the maze
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.
One last shot, from the Pier to Point Dume