Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This was after one of the first dry weeks in a while, so while the water was still flowing fine, I figured the land itself would have dried out enough to be more easily passable beyond Thalehaha.
It had been a while since I walked past this falls, and my memory of how to get beyond was murky.
BTW, it's always been a little crazy to get there. All that scrambling around among the brush had gotten several ticks attached to me, in the past. Fortunately, no ticks found me, today.
But, from Thalehaha, I continued to the northeast, eventually reaching the point with an overlook, down a steep ravine. You can walk part of the way down the ravine, at which point you will hopefully encounter ropes, tied to tree trunks and tree roots. The descent then becomes messier, especially if it's wet, as it often is, down here, even when water is not flowing.
From the top of the last cascade, there's a small meadow, with trees in front of you, and a huge cliff beyond. The last of the "easily" accessible Rubio Canyon Falls, Leontine, comes down that cliff.
Probably four miles, roundtrip. A more detailed discussion of this area is provided on Dan's Hiking Page.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
There are lots of wonderful views back to the south over almost this entire hike. The Observatory, with the DTLA skyline, looks impressive, day or night.
A fair wildflower bloom is on going. The most common flower is wild mustard, followed by phacelia and Canterbury bell. Lupine are a distant fifth. I think fillaree are probably fourth, but not very interesting to me, since they're such a common yard weed.
Last week, they restriped the roads, so that West Observatory Road is a one-way road up to the Observatory, and East Observatory Road is one way, down. Employee parking remains on East Observatory Road, albeit only on one side, now. Parking on West Observatory Road is also largely limited to one side. That means much less parking spaces. In theory, however, traffic should move more smoothly, since no one needs to make a turn back down the hill, in search of parking. In practice, it seems to mean cars just stop and wait for an open space, bringing the flow of traffic to a halt.
The first few days with the new traffic pattern has been a pretty big disaster, I think. We'll see if things run smoother after the fees and buses start.