Long Beach Oceanfront Trail

With our recent rains in mind I searched for a place that wouldn’t demand trudging through slippery mud. This paved bike/pedestrian path in Long Beach fit the bill nicely. The beach is sometimes loud and bright. Today it was mostly quite foggy.   Particularly early morning, I felt as if I were being wrapped in a soothing blanket of fog.  This seemed to have a calming effect on everyone.  We walked and passed, in friendly silence, as if acting out some unspoken agreement.  Every few minutes the silence was broken by the loud but pleasantly resonant blast of a nearby foghorn.
Hiking Distance: Approximately 8.5 to 9 miles

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Deer Creek Road

I had a different hike planned but couldn’t sleep the night before. After finally getting some rest I got my gear together and set out for this short trail which parallels Deer Creek Road. Deer Creek Road is located off of Pacific Coast Highway just up the coast from County Line Beach and down the coast a short drive from Point Mugu. This trail is shown on the latest version of Tom Harrison’s “Point Mugu” map. The views here are outstanding and there’s a nice uphill return so it’s almost like a full day of hiking.
Distance: 3 to 3.5 miles out and back

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White Rock Trail

I’ve hiked here once before, Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area, on nearby Davy Brown Trail. This is a beautiful place, wild and rugged in it’s own way. The only reason I don’t hike here often is because of the long drive, so I savior the experience when I do. My day was exhausting but rewarding.

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Sespe River Trail

I want to take advantage of the seasonally cool weather and hike in places like Ojai, Santa Ynez, Simi Valley, etc. I think of these as “hot” places, too hot to hike comfortable for most of the year.  This week I was 14 miles north of Ojai in Rose Valley. I got lucky as rain, in various degrees of intensity, was forecast.  It got no worse than an intermittent drizzle. This is a really easy route, both to hike and navigate – great for unwinding.
Distance: About 9 miles

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Mulholland Trail – Etz Meloy Motorway

Finally back to hiking after the longest break I’ve taken in five years. It was certainly good to be back on the trail. I’ve hiked just about everywhere in the Santa Monica Mountains but not this short stretch. A closed, one mile section along Etz Meloy Motorway was the last piece needed to complete the grand 67-mile long Backbone Trail, and it can now be legally hiked in it’s entirety. You can read more here: Link
Even though I’ve hiked in the vicinity, I always find it fascinating (and sometimes a bit confusing) to get a slightly different visual perspective on things.
Distance: Approximately 8.5 miles

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