Middle Sespe Trail
The trailhead is about a 20 mile drive from Ojai and is the same one I used to hike to the Piedra Blanca rock formation a few months ago. The trail took me through Rose Valley and, while beautiful, the scenery doesn’t change all that much throughout the hike. I loved the solitude and didn’t see a single person on the trail. I hated the constant noise of gunfire from the nearby shooting range. Sad to think that, in such a lovely natural area, one person standing a few miles away can be responsible for a noise that echoes throughout the valley. It’s not a gun issue with me, it’s a noise issue.
VIDEO: Of the Creek
Wildflowers along the trail were popping with color.
I headed west on Middle Sespe Trail, right through Rose Valley.
Photo 2 – The creek from up above. I was supposed to go down to it but never managed to get there. Photo 3 – Purple flowers growing in the middle of the trail. Photos 4 through 6 – I reached a point where I thought I was supposed to head down this dry streambed. I soon reached a dead end and backtracked.
I found the trail again and headed up and west. The trail became narrow and a bit washed out in a couple of places, like last week in the San Gabriel Mountains but the drop -offs were nowhere near as high. This was good for me as I was able to practice some new techniques – controlling my mind and body and pushing forward. I really felt I made some strides on this day.
Photo 1 – The trail seemed to end here in this grassy area. I guess I missed a turn-off somewhere, or maybe just wasn’t seeing where the trail continued on. I ate lunch, flipped around and then back to my car. Nice day above Ojai.