Another long hike in the Point Mugu area. The first was 17 miles, this one about 13. There are a lot of trails in this area so I only had to repeat about one mile of road from my first hike. There was wind from the moment I stepped out of the car, gusts that had to be 50 MPH. I didn’t mind. It meant I had the place to myself.
What a beautiful area. This park is very popular. To beat the crowds I hiked on a day on which heavy rain was forecast. I did avoid the crowds and best of all it didn’t rain.
Had an awesome day. The trails I hiked – Hondo Canyon Trail, Fossil Ridge Trail and the road up to Topanga Lookout were pretty empty. I was freezing for the first ten minutes but warmed up as I climbed up some rocky, sometimes steep or slightly treacherous terrain. This hike had excellent views and a few oddities that made it fun.
I have hiked Zuma Ridge Fire Road for quite some time now, mostly as an exercise trail. There are a few trails that break off the road and I hiked two of them on this day. Edison (I assume) ran a bulldozer down Trancas Edison Road a few months back. Before that it was so overgrown that I was never able to explore it. Chumash Indian Trail is another I had walked past for years and never checked out until now.
I started early Thanksgiving morning. I know this is a popular and easily accessible area to hike so I wanted to go on a day I figured would be less crowded. There were still a lot of people, especially later in the day. There are many interesting things to see – the ruins of several burned-out buildings, waterfalls and natural scenery. I hiked every trail, backtracking and criss-crossing my way across the park. A couple were pretty challenging.