Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Hikes 2014.063 and 2014.064 -- Monrovia, Thalehaha, and Fish Canyon Waterfalls
Once on Canyon, you can follow the signage right into the park. Or you can do your homework and figure where to park without paying, then walk the extra distance.
There's a parking area just outside the fee station (which still requires payment of the fee), but it was full. That's really where I wanted to park, since it's a mere three mile roundtrip from here. Parking further into the park would make the hike even shorter.
Despite the packed parking lot neare the entrance station and the many parked cars I had passed on the way in, the actual trail was somewhat empty.
Then I went home for lunch.
After lunch, I again headed to the Fish Canyon Trailhead, hoping that, with a half day to dry out the parking area was now open. But it was still closed.
So now I headed over to Rubio Canyon. I suppose this was a matter of avoiding crowds, since the slightly closer Eaton Canyon fall would certainly be running descently
As expected, the lowest of the Rubio Canyon falls were running, but quite low (Ribbon Rock and Moss Grotto). Not really worth photographing, though if you search my blog, you'll find plenty of pictures of those waterfalls with actual water running.
It's a bit of a climb and got my heart pumping.
And, as expected, there was very little water coming down this fall, as well. On the other hand, there were people rappelling down, so that was fun.
I did walk back to my car, but then decided to go hit Christmas Tree Lane, as long as I was in the area.
Well, it turned out this was the kickoff for the lighting of Christmas Tree Lane (Santa Rosa Avenue, between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive, in Altadena), so the lights weren't on when I got there, but food trucks, booths, and live music were all to be found there. So I wandered some, walked into the library and stayed warm some, read a bit, then headed out for what I assumed would the be flicking of the switch.
When I got home, there was a message on my answering machine at home. Turns out someone had found my cell phone against the curb in the street, presumably where I had parked about five hours earlier. They called the directory entry for "home" in my phone's memory (as well as trying a few other names, including the one that said, "Dad's Cell Phone"), without luck in reaching anyone.
So I called the person who had left me the message and I arranged to drive right back up to Altadena (about a 25-30 minute drive) and retrieved my phone.
And, suddenly, the night seemed a whole lot better, and the world a whole lot friendlier.
Because it turns out that, during the course of the day, I had run a cross a slew of rude, stupid, and aggressive drivers. One of them was on my way down Christmas Tree Lane.
So, of course, I'm creeping along at under 25 mph, because I don't want to hit anyone. And, besides, there are cars just up a head, so driving faster than that would only move me about 100 feet further at that speed, before I'd have to slow back down below 25. So what's the point?
Anyway, that made my cell phone's guardian angel a welcome change of pace. Because, between the road raging drivers and the usual stupid comments you see in the comment section of newspaper articles, sometimes I develop a really pessimistic view of human nature.
This was my second trip down the "new" trail, and I'm still getting used to the geometry. The trail is easy to follow. It's just that there are a few turns that I did not remember.
I'd seen the water higher here before, but, compared to the completely drive falls of a few months ago, this was a really welcome sight.
So, the two short hikes on Saturday are collectively my Hike 2014.063--Just under 2 miles for Monrovia Canyon (because I headed a bit downstream after returning from the waterfall, until I ran into the film shoot), and about 1.5 miles for Rubio Canyon (shorter, but with the very strenuous little run up to the Thalehaha Overlook).
I've got a couple of other hikes I need to blog still, as the days in the year tick down. Time is running short, so but I do want to manage at least the new hikes I haven't blogged yet, including the series around Lake Meade, from back in January.
Still, I'm enjoying what hikes I can, and still want to keep up withe the blogging.
I guess it's a little early to write an end-of-year post. Oh, well. Happy trails, to you all!