Sunday, January 10, 2016
Hike 2016.002 -- Parker Mesa Trail, Topanga State Park
Wound up here for two reasons. First, I had to drive out to a shopping mall inTopanga to return something. Second, I've got a bunch of California State Park Foundation day passes that expire on April 1. Gotta make a lot of visits, so I hit this one, today.
I took a huge loop that covered much of the central section of the park. Also around that time, I accessed the southern section of the park from Temescal Gateway Park, heading north, and from that same park, heading east.
On that previous trip, I had observed the Parker Mesa Trail, but decided on something longer. Well, this being several years later, and with me taking shorter hikes, now, six miles seemed just about right. Plus, in theory, I was supposed to work that night, although I was pretty sure I was going to be clouded out (I was).
You also have views to the north, and can see Eagle Rock from several points along the way, as well as at the trail's end.
Oh, yes, about this last shot--On my return leg, I passed four of these little bags of dog poop within about a 100 yard section of trail. I hate people like this, who think they're doing us all a great favor by bagging their dog poop, then just leaving it on the trail for someone else to carry out. Those guys suck. Cleaning up after your pet means actually carrying that shit off the trail. Bring an extra bag and double bag it, if you need to. It's your dog; it's your responsibility.