Monday, July 29, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
I started my hike from the Griffith Observatory. Getting there is pretty straightforward, and you can google those directions easily. Also, on weekends, there's a 50-cent DASH bus you can catch from the Sunset and Vermont Red Line station up to the Observatory
As you approach the Observatory from the north, you may notice a trail comes up from the left.
In the upper reaches of Ferndell, you've got a dry "stream" bed, flanked by trees. I'll have to come back again in the winter/spring to see if any water flows up here then. Because of the small watershed, I'm assuming not.
Earlier in the season, the water flowed nicely and the waterfalls fell. Now, it pretty much stays a trickle, and the smell of wet mud is strong.
Despite the low water, it was still a relaxing walk down here. A scattering of golden leaves on the water, coupled with the atypical (for July) clouds (which even dropped some water on my head on this segment of the hike), made it feel almost fall-like.
There's a cafe down near Ferndell, in the Park, but just a bit north of the watered portion of the trail, I think. I haven't explicitly gone to look for it, but maybe one of these days.
My first hike in Griffith Park actually started right here, in Camp Hollywoodland. That was an amazing three years ago.
Someone was exploring the caves (or, actually, just standing by the entrance, staring at the wall), so I just snapped a few pictures from a distance and walked on to the north. There's a pretty serious ridge that way, and I was thinking maybe there'd be a shortcut from there back to the Observatory.
At Mulholland Trail, a left turn there would take you towards Mt. Lee and the Hollywood Sign. A right, on the other hand, would take me back to the Observatory. I went right. A 1/4 mile later, I reached Mt. Hollywood Drive.
Today, I decided to stay on Mt. Hollywood Drive. It's paved, which means bicyclist can come flying by you at 30 mph or more. It's also tougher on the hiking boots. But I took the "high road" the last few times this way, so it was time for a change of pace.
About six miles for the day. Skip the little adventure up the ridge near Bronson Caves, and everything else is on wide dirt- or paved-road. No reason why a youngster who's able to walk significant distances couldn't do this trail. Also, dogs are allowed, though they should be leashed and picked up after. The leashed part is particularly important if you come across equestrians.
Friday, July 12, 2013
This is a hike from over two months ago, that I never quite finished blogging about. This is also before the format for my posts changed. I don't know why it changed, but instead of giving me small pictures like here, they've been giving me oversized pictures. Not sure what I clicked on to change it, but I prefer this older format.
Altadena Crest Trail in early April, someone I ran into mentioned this trail. So, on the day of this hike, that recollection returned, and off I went, to Millard Canyon.
And step aside you must. For, one thing I have noticed about the Angeles: Just 'cause they call it a "truck trail" doesn't mean it's going to be wide.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Figured on hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains this day, but wasn't sure where. Kinda wanted to go up Vivian Creek again, figuring the creek would be shaded and scenic at this time of the year. However, the visitor center at the mouth of Mill Creek answered the question of where to hike quite succinctly: By the time I got there, the only wilderness permit opening left was for Momyer-Alger Creek trailhead. So that's where I went.
No real plan for my hike. As I noted earlier, I hadn't even planned on hiking out of this trailhead. But I did have a San Bernardino National Forest Recreation map, which I bought a few years ago, during a previous visit to the Mill Creek visitor center. The map is labeled as from "Fine Edge Nautical & Recreational Publishing." I note this, not to praise the map, but to bury it. More on that later.
No other signage along the trail until I reached Momyer Camp, which was just before the Momyer Creek crossing.
Mt. San Jacinto Hike, from three (!) years ago.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area lies to the west and north of Las Vegas. They're adjacent to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, but are in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Of course, the Humboldt-Toiyabe consists of a series of discontinuous tree-covered ranges that divide the various basin regions of Nevada. The national forest has patches scattered over virtually every end of the state.
I got there around 8am. At that time, there was plenty of parking. And I only passed maybe a dozen people coming in. There were a lot more on the way out, but it was still not hard to get away from it all.
After about 1/2 mile of easy going, the actual trail makes a sharp right and begins switchbacking upwards. If you were to continue straight at this split, there's a place called "Big Falls" up that drainage. I explored that way somewhat on the way back, but turned around before reaching where the waterfall might be. I was a little tired and was pretty sure there would be no actual falling water to be found there on this day.
About four miles for the day. It's about 20 degrees cooler up here than in Las Vegas, by the way. It's a nice place to get away from the Strip, if you're looking for cooler outdoor recreation in the summer in Las Vegas.