Zuma Ridge Trail
A few days before this hike I was standing in my backyard. It was warm, the moon was bright and I hatched a plan for a 4th of July night hike. I would leave in the evening, take photos of the golden hour, the setting Sun, the full Moon and, of course, the professional fireworks that were to be launched from the barges anchored offshore here in Malibu. Mother Nature had her own plans.
Across Zuma Canyon I could see Ocean View Trail to the right and Canyon View Trail to the left.
Up and into the soup. I hoped to climb high enough to get above the fog, but it just kept getting thicker. It was around this point that my Canon Rebel stopped working. It couldn’t focus in the mist, I guess, and I kept getting an error signal. I had to break out my little Samsung point and click for the rest of the hike.
If you look to the left in photo 2 you can sort of see the trail sign for Trancas Edison Road, which I hiked a few months ago. This point, around 2.5 miles up the trail, is where the morning overcast usually clears. Just up the road is where I had planned to take pictures of the fireworks.
Photo 1 – This is pretty much what my hike back looked like – dark and foggy. I tried to let my eyes adjust to the darkness for as long as I could and could see the outline of the trail if not the fine details. I eventually put on my headlamp but this only made things worse as the fog reflected the light back into my eyes and robbed me of my night vision. I put the light on my front pack and aimed it at the ground. The surrounding sky instantly turned from deep purple to jet black. The fog kept hidden any landmarks ahead. Basically for about three miles all I could see was the trail four or five feet in front of me. During tough moments like this I just tell myself that the only way out of the situation is to keep moving forward – one foot in front of the other, there is no other choice. Photo 2 – Finally I arrive back at the trailhead. I actually made pretty good time – 8 1/2 miles in 4 1/2 hours.