Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Vasquez Rocks

Location:
10700 Wast Escondido Canyon Rd. Agua Dulce, CA, 91390. From Los Angeles take the 5 freeway north to the Antelope Valley freeway, take the 14 east freeway. Drive about 25 minutes and exit at Agua Dulce Canyon Rd. and turn left, Right at Escondido Canyon Rd.

Hours:
May 1 through September 30 - 8am-8pm
October 1 through April 30 - 8am-5pm

Entrance Fee:
There are no fees at this time but please make sure to check before you go.

Trails:
There really is no defined trail system in the park, just a maze of paths leading around the rock formations. Just pick out a good landmark near the parking area and enjoy wandering around the spectacular landscape.

Other Activities:
Equestrian trail (must bring your own horse no rentals available)
Live animal presentations
Hiking
Picnicking
Ranger-led hikes
School/ Group tours
Camping (organized groups)
Climbing

Vasquez Rocks is a great place for a hike or spending the day with the family. These towering rock formations are one of southern California's most famous geologic wonders. It is easy to access and the spectacular rock formations are easy to climb; just keep watch over dogs and children as it is still very dangerous. Every once in a while I don't feel like fallowing a set trail and this is the best place to go for that.

Map:

View Jessie's Trails in a larger map

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Random Tip - Kids/Family

Tip:
A day out as a family is wonderful and makes memories. But please use this as a chance to teach respect for nature rather than letting your kids or pets run wild. I have been enraged at seeing a young girl with fists full of wildflowers she picked along the trail, and Mom seemingly not caring. Meanwhile Junior was throwing rocks down on the trail from above while Dad just smiled. Teach your kids respect for the environment - do not pick the flowers. Do not throw the rocks. Do not leave the trail. Do not slide down slopes and speed up erosion. Its common since so it shouldn't be to hard to fallow the rules; there are rules for a reason so PLEASE fallow them. If you or your family do not know the rules check out the list of rules at most trail heads or look online for rules on the trail you will be on. Most importantly take only pictures, leave only footprints.

http://www.americantrails.org/resources/kids/

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Placerita Canyon State Park and Nature Center - Waterfall Trail

Location:
Placerita canyon state park and nature center is located in Newhall, California. Directions from the south - Take the 5 freeway north to highway 14 north to Placerita Canyon Rd. Turn right and proceed 1.5 miles to the park entrance. Directions from the north - Take highway 14 south to the Placerita Canyon Rd. Exit and turn left. At the signal turn left on Placerita Canyon Rd. Proceed 1.5 miles to the park entrance.



Hours:
The park is open sunrise to sunset, while the nature center building is open Tuesdays through Sunday, from 9am to 5pm.

EntranceFee:
There are currently no fees for park use or parking but that can change so be sure to check before you go. There are programs provided at a cost. Donations for animal care and park operation are accepted at any time!

Trails:
Botany Trail
Heritage Trail
Ecology Loop
Hillside Trail
Manzanita Mountain Trail
Canyon Trail
Seven Mile Trail
Walker Ranch Trailhead - 2 miles (one way)
Waterfall Trail - 2.6 miles (one way)
Los Pinetos - 4.9 miles (one way)
** for more info on all the trails and activities this place offers check out their web site at  http://www.placerita.org/index.html **

Jessie's Thoughts:
This is an amazing hike! Next to Point Lobos the Waterfall trail in Placerita Canyon State park is my favorite place to hike. There are quite a few different trails that this park offers along with a nature center where they have daily activities and birds on display for visitors to learn about. The Waterfall trail is very easy for any level or age so bring the family! The trail zigzags across a winding stream lined with tall trees,  loads of beautiful plants and wildlife. A few miles in you come across a very large camp site where I like to stop and have a nice lunch under the tree's shade on one of the benches. (please pick up your trash) After a relaxing lunch the trail splits off and takes you up giant stairs and along the beautiful river giving you a tour of a different part of the canyon. Eventually you will turn a corner of the trail and start going up towards the waterfall you have to do a small amount of maneuvering over large rocks and fallen trees but its worth it! Once you arrive at the first waterfall hang out ,feel the cool water, and take some pictures with your friends. If you aren't tired yet or want way more of a challenge climb to the top of the waterfall and continue to fallow the water till you come up to another waterfall! You are able to climb to the top of that one as well and the trail looks like it keeps going up fallowing the stream but I have yet to go farther than the top of the second waterfall. Overall I had an amazing hike and will continue to hike all the trails in this canyon so look for those posts when I do!

Maps:

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Caballero Canyon

Climate:
Year around. Always check local conditions, posted warnings, and come prepared.

Location:
Caballero canyon is located in Encino, California. From the 101 freeway exit at Reseda Blvd. and turn south. You will drive up a large hill after you pass a gated community with a huge water feature start looking for the trail sign on the left side on the road. To view where the trailhead is on a map click here

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Entrance Fee:
Parking is free; there is parking on both sides of the street.

Trails:
Caballero Canyon Trail- 4.2 miles (round trip)

Other Activities:
Dog friendly (on leash!)
Bikes
Hiking
Running


Jessie's Thoughts:
Caballero Canyon is very near to my house so I spend a lot of time on these trails and have completed quite a few but not all of them. The main Caballero trail is 4.2 miles round trip. There are three distinct trails from the starting point on Reseda Blvd. the one all the way to the right is the main trail and is the easiest it's mostly flat for a while and a short steep incline to the Mulholland Fire Road where there is a bench to rest or you can fallow it to one of the many other trails that connect to it. The middle trail starts at a very steep incline and maintains that difficulty the whole way to Mulholland Fire Road. I find it sort of a challenge but I do get passed by runners sometimes. There is a third trail all the way to the left that fallows along the side of one of the mountains and is only for the experienced due to a lot of the trail looks like it has fallen down the mountain. This one to ends at the Mulholland Fire Road. The people are friendly and a lot of people bring their dogs and because of that there are a few doggy bags littered along some of the trails (please pick up after your pets and dispose it properly) Dogs must be on a leash at all times but there are the few people who don't fallow the rules so be careful going around bends. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Random Tip - Dogs

Tip:
I can't tell you how many times I have seen people let their dogs poop in the trail and not pick it up or pick it up with a bag and leave it on the side of the trail. Its one thing if its a long hike and you don't want to carry a poop bag on you.. ew! But come on people if you leave it make sure on your way back YOU PICK UP YOUR DOGS CRAP BAG!

Dog owners may see a hike as a great time for 'Fido' to run wild. I'm sure the squirrels get enough exercise without his help, and having a beast charge around the corner of a narrow exposed trail is not what I need in my nature experience. Keep your dog under control and EXPECT THAT THERE ARE OTHER HIKERS and dogs, and wild animals, and horses on the trail who 'Fido' might encounter. I've had friends whose dogs were killed when they were hiking off-leash and got into a fight with other dogs or large wild animals on the trail. You don't need that sorrow. so please THINK and be a responsible hiker or don't go at all. It takes just one person to ruin the fun for everyone.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mountains to Sea Trail

From Weir Canyon to Peters Canyon Reservoir, past the historical Irvine Ranch Agricultural headquarters, and along the San Diego Creek Channel to Upper Newport Bay, there's no more enjoyable way to experience one of the nation's most spectacular networks of parks, trails, and preserved natural lands.

Location:
Starting in Weir Canyon - From the 91 (Riverside) freeway exit Weir Canyon and head south. Turn right at Serrano Ave. Turn left at Hidden Canyon Rd. (The housing development is called Anaheim Ridge Estates) Fallow Hidden Canyon until it dead ends. Park on the corner by the barrier.To view where this trail starts on a map click here

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset - Year around


Entrance Fee:
No fees just keep in mind there is no parking on Tuesdays from 12- 4pm. Also keep in mind this is a residential area.

Trails:
**I mapped out the entire trail on Google maps click here to view the trail**

22 miles from Weir Canyon ending at Upper Newport Bay
Weir Canyon
Irvine Reginal Park
Peters Canyon
San Diego Creek Channel
Upper Newport Bay

Other Activities:
Hiking
Equestrian trail (must bring your own horse no rentals available)
Running
Mountain Bikes
Picnicking


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Vasquez Rocks


Vasquez Rocks is a great place for a hike or spending the day with the family. These towering rock formations are one of southern California's most famous geologic wonders. It is easy to access and the spectacular rock formations are easy to climb; just keep watch over dogs and children as it is still very dangerous. Every once in a while I don't feel like fallowing a set trail and this is the best place to go for that.

Location:
10700 Wast Escondido Canyon Rd. Agua Dulce, CA, 91390. From Los Angeles take the 5 freeway north to the Antelope Valley freeway, take the 14 east freeway. Drive about 25 minutes and exit at Agua Dulce Canyon Rd. and turn left, Right at Escondido Canyon Rd. To see where to go on a map and get driving directions click here



Hours:
May 1 through September 30 - 8am-8pm
October 1 through April 30 - *am-5pm

Entrance Fee:
There are no fees at this time but please make sure to check before you go.

Trails:
There really is no defined trail system in the park, just a maze of paths leading around the rock formations. Just pick out a good landmark near the parking area and enjoy wandering around the spectacular landscape.

Other Activities:
Equestrian trail (must bring your own horse no rentals available)
Live animal presentations
Hiking
Picnicking
Ranger-led hikes
School/ Group tours
Camping (organized groups)
Climbing

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Point Lobos State Reserve

 "the crown jewel of the State Park System."

Climate: 
Fair sunny days, occasional winter rains, and dry summers, moderated by fog from July through September .

Location:
Point Lobos State National Reserve in located on the central coast of California in Monterey County three miles south of Carmel on highway 1. To see exactly how to get there on a map click here

Hours:
Opens at 8:00am with no entries after 6:30pm and all visitors must exit the reserve by 7:00pm


Entrance Fee:
Passenger cars $10
Vehicles with a senior citizen $9
Vehicles with a disabled discount card $5
Small coach or van $50 (10- 25 passengers)
Large bus $100
Annual day use pass $125 (Pass valid for one year from date purchased)
** I park out on the street for free when I don't have the extra money but paying to enter is a great way to keep this amazing place open for generations to enjoy! **

Trails:
Bird Island
Carmelo Meadow
Cypress Grove
Granite Point
Lace Lichen
Mos Cove
Mound Meadow
North Shore
Pine Ridge
Sand Hill
Sea Lion Point
South Shore
Whaler's Cabin
Whaler's Knoll.
** For a more updated and clear trails map visit the website I provided for you below **

Other Activities:
Diving, Running, Hiking, Photography, Camping, Museums, etc.

Jessie's Thoughts:
I drive up to Monterey once a year specifically to go here; its simply stunning! This is a must stop for anyone on vacation even if you don't hike. I go during the "foggy" season only because there are only a hand full of people visiting I do hear during the prime season like summer when everyone is on vacation it gets packed and there is limited access and sometimes waiting just to be able to drive in and park.... but its worth it!!

Links:
Photos
Videos
Facebook Page
Store
Leave No Trace
Weather.com
Point Lobos State Reserve Website

Maps:

View Southern California Waterfalls in a larger map

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