Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hike 2013.059 -- Bailey Canyon to Cabin Foundation

Hiked Wednesday, December 25. Short hike, just up to the Cabin Foundation. About 4.5 miles roundtrip.

I've hiked from here several times this year, and have many previous entries of hikes to either the Foundation or Jones Peak. In fact, however, I'm pretty sure I never blogged the last trip to Jones Peak. Nonetheless, search this site and you'll find more details on how to get to the trailhead, and what you'll see along this hike and more pictures of the views along the way.
My hike today was a short one because I didn't feel that motivated, but I did want to get some exercise before the Christmas dinner, which I knew was going to be a major caloric event.

I actually started driving towards Chantry Flat, but decided that by the time I got there, the parking lot would surely be full, and I didn't want to waste the 30 minutes or so extra it would take to drive up there and discover this, then drive back down.

My SD car was very nearly full on this day, so I only shot about 15 photos. My most interesting discover on this clear winter morning was that the Griffith Observatory looks really different from above Bailey Canyon than it does from closer to the place. I'm not sure what the tall building is that seems to reach as high as the Observatory, now why Mt. Hollywood seems so inconspicuous from this angle.

The third picture, by the way, is a crop of the top left of the second picture, so you can see enough to confirm that the little object in the third picture is, in fact, the Griffith Observatory.
The hike did it's job, and I did not feel quite as guilty when I ate my Christmas dinner.

In addition to views of the Monastery, and towards downtown, and the Grffith Observatory, I also took a lot of pictures of a cactus, hoping to get some interesting texture shots. But I was not impressed with my efforts, so no pictures of the cactus here.

Probably one or two more hikes before the next year arrives, so it looks like about 60 hikes will be my 2013 total. Last year, it was 79. The year before that was 100. The year before that was 109. An unfortunate downward trend, but a reflection of my work schedule. I'm still trying to get some balance in my life.


  1. Happy New Year Skyhiker! Here's to another year of hiking!

  2. Yep, hopefully more productive (hiking-wise) than this year, but it's going to be tough.

    Happy New Year to you, too!

  3. happy new year! I enjoy your blog thoroughly. Here's to more hikes in 2014!

  4. Happy New Year to you, to!

    Last week was a fail. Hopefully, something'll fit in next week.