Saturday, August 17, 2013
Hike 2013.041 -- Ascot Hills Park, El Sereno (Los Angeles), CA
Hiked Saturday, August 17. A combinations of factors have again kept me from getting any hikes into my schedule. Today was the first time in over a month. Yesterday afternoon, for example, I had to attend a work-related party. No, that's not the worse thing to have to do. And, in fact, a convenient side effect is that it had me driving right by Ascot Hills Park. When I got back home that evening, I looked up the park and discovered it was hikeable.
Google maps would send you from San Bernardino Freeway (I-10), north on Soto Street. After one mile, turn right (east) on Multnomah Street. The entrance will be on your left, after 4/10ths of a mile.
After about a mile, I found myself walking with chain link fence on my right side. An LADWP reservoir was down in that holler, covered in solar panels. I did not notice, but believe there is a lateral trail that would connect the west ridge I headed in to the east ridge I returned on. There's also a trail that heads right up the bottom of the canyon.
This was the longest period of altitude gain in my hike.
As the trail approached Multnomah Street, the massive main buildings of Woodrow Wilson High School, across the street from the park, dominated the foreground.
My entire walk took about one hour and twenty minutes. I'm estimating 3 miles total for the day. Easy, and a new set of trails I have not been on before.