Thursday, July 28, 2011

Falls Canyon Falls- Near Holy Jim Falls

Climate:
Falls Canyon Falls is usually nice all year, even in the dry seasons. The falls are viewed in the early spring or during the rainy season but beware, the creek can rise suddenly and become too swift for a safe crossing even in a vehicle. Beware of Poison Oak! Always make sure to check weather conditions before you head out.

Location:
Falls Canyon Falls is located in Cleveland National Forest in Trabuco Canyon, CA. From the 5 freeway exit El Toro (if you are coming from the north then you will exit El Toro rd. at the first light make a left then make a left onto El Toro rd. if you are coming from the south you will exit El Toro rd and make a right at the light) Fallow El Toro till you come to a fork in the road you will see a biker bar called Cook Corner (great for a cold drink after a hike!) Fallow the road to the right on Live Oak Canyon rd. eventually turning into Trabuco Canyon rd. Keep a look out for Trabuco General Store it will be on your left side; this is where you can buy the day passes. Continue down the road a very short way till you pass over a bridge and on your left will be a large dirt parking area you can park there or drive in further.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Entrace Fee:
A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. They can be found at the Trabuco General Store that you will pass on the way there. 1 day passes are $5, 1 year passes valid for Angeles, Los Padres and Cleveland national forests for $30. You can find a place near you to buy the passes http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/vendors.php or buy an annual pass online here http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/pass-options.shtml I parked at the first parking area just off the paved road there are parking areas along the way eventually coming to the parking area for the trailhead WARNING! Small cars are allowed to drive on the dirt road and I have seen many people drive it but keep in mind the road is not paved and becomes very hard to manage in a small car NOT impossible just very hard!

Difficulty:
Moderate/ Hard - See 'Jessie's Thought on why

Trails:
Falls Canyon Falls - 4.5 miles one way
Holy Jim falls- (once at the trailhead) 2.8 miles round trip, from the first dirt patch (right off the paved road) 5 miles to the trail head

Jessie's Thoughts:
This waterfall in my opinion is the better of the two waterfalls that are in this area ( Holy Jim Falls is the other one). The drop is longer, the hike is shorter, and the trail less traveled. Starting from the dirt clearing by the paved road, take the dirt road 3.5 miles. We parked 3 miles in at the first time the creek crosses over the road and walked the half mile. We decided at this point to fallow the creek because we were not to sure where the turn off was and unless you know where it is you can't see it from the road. What you are looking for is a tributary; a stream or river that flows into a main stream, river, or a lake.  Once you have found this fallow it upstream a mile; you can't miss the waterfall. The trail or lack there of is somewhat difficult with several stream crossings and climbing over and under trees and huge boulders. Pay very close attention to where you are going as the trail in most parts is not visible and poison oak is everywhere. After everyone in my group fell at least once, one boy almost falling down the hill onto rocks and water cutting himself in the process but other than that no major injuries, we made it to Falls Canyon Falls a 40ft waterfall with a small pool at the base. There is no swimming at the falls as the water is only knee deep but there are plenty of opportunities along the main road to find a swimming whole. I recommend this trail to anyone wanting a different adventure than what they are used to. We had 2 young boys in my hiking group and other than falling they made it out alive and walking so great for families with older kids.

Map:

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Weir Canyon

Climate:
Year around but hot in summers, also make sure to check the weather conditions in the area you are hiking.

Location:
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 Rd. until it dead ends. Park on the corner by the barrier.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Entrance Fee:
Parking is free but there is no parking Tuesdays from 12- 4pm

Difficulty:
Easy

Trails:
Weir Canyon Loop Trail- 4 miles round trip

Elevation Gain:
300ft.

Other Activities:
Equestrian
Mountain Bikes
Running

Jessie's Thoughts:
This is a very easy trail to hike, it took us just under 2 hours to complete. Weir Canyon Loop is great for training or with the family and the neighbor hood its in is very nice so I feel safe parking my car on the street and leaving it. There a tons of small trail leading all over always connecting back to the trail or another trail. I recommend wondering down some of the side trails they take you to very cool spots with amazing views. For exact directions and a satellite view of the trail click on the link to the left underneath the map.

Map:

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Paracord Slingshot

The sling is about 4ft. long from loop to knot, the pouch is 5in. long done in a weave with three warps. In the center of the 6ft. long paracord, I made a short loop about halfway down the cord, tied an over hand knot around the standing end, the working end comes down the center of the loop, another overhand knot is tied with the working end going away from the loop. I used 6ft. of paracord for the weave and had some left over. I ran the starting end of the weft (weaving cord) thou one of the overhand knots to keep it out of the way. When I finished I tucked the paracord end down the center of the weave. I was unable to find anything in books or on the web on how to make the sling. The only thing I found was  few pictures of the finished product and a short veg description on how to make it. So I took photos of different steps and explained it the best I could. I hope this helps!!



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Compound Double Coin Knot

The double coin knot also known as the sailors' Carrick-bend, the Macrame artists' Josephine Knot, the Basket weave Knot, or the Flat Lanyard. Whatever you may call it I call it challenging. I found myself having to start  over multiple times before eventually succeeding. 

The Celtic button knot is a relatively simple decorative knot to tie. It looks a lot like the lanyard knot, but is tied with a single working end. Most button knots are used for clothing decorations and jewelry but are also used as finishing knots to hide the ends of cords. The fallowing is a how to videos on making these knots ENJOY!




Compound Double Coin Knot Video (Below)







Celtic Button Knot Video (Below)






Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wildwood Park - Paradise Falls

Climate:
All year but the summer months can be very hot so make sure to check weather before setting out on any hike and make sure to bring enough water!

Location:
Paradise falls is located in Wildwood Park. From the 101 north towards Thousand Oaks Exit Lynn rd. Right onto Lynn rd. Left on Avenida De Los Arboles, Fallow the street all the way till you have to make a right and there is a dirt parking area to the left.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Entrance Fee:
No parking fee

Difficulty:
Easy/ moderate

Trails:
Moonrideg trail - 2.5 miles
Mesa Trail- 1.5 miles
Wildwood Trail/ Fort Wildwood Spur- 2.55 miles
Stagecoach Bluff Trail/ Lizard Rock Trail - .75 miles ( stagecoach bluff) 1.25 miles (lizard rock)
Lynnmore Trail and Spur - 2.5 miles

Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Mountain Bike
Equestrian
Swimming

Jessie's Thoughts:
For this hike a group of new friends we met on our last hike to Holy Jim Falls joined my boyfriend and I. We decided to go our own way and not fallowing the main trail to Paradise falls; Moonridge trail. Instead we started at the parking area off of Avenida De Los Arboles fallowing the biggest trail past a small gate. The small dirt road will lead you to mesa trail where you will continue along that trail till you come to a fork with a sign pointing you to parking lot #1. Once at parking lot #1 you are able to rest at the lunch table and view the teepee off in the distance. After resting we fallowed the same trail winding down the creek where there is a bridge to a nature center. Keep a look out for a sign for Indian cave, the trail is very short and ends at a cool cave that you can climb up to and explore.We went past the bridge fallowing the trail along the creek till the trail went along a fenced ledge and down some stairs ending at the waterfall. After swimming for a few hours and having a yummy lunch we headed back to the trail leading to the teepee.The teepee is a great place to rest or just taking a look around at the amazing views of the canyon. We then fallowed the north Teepee trail to Mesa trail that leads you back to the parking lot. Make sure to keep a look out for Rattlesnakes we were told by multiple people before we started that they came across them out on the trails. There are so many trails in Wildwood park so look back for posts on those trails. Also for more videos I took at Paradise Falls and other trails click the link below!

Map:

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dragonfly Knot

Dragonflies are known as "Dragon's grandchildren" as they are believed to emerge from the cast off skin of a dragon. Chinese people believed that harming or trapping a dragonfly brings illness. Dragonflies have long been admired for their lacy wings and capricious flight.




Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Holy Jim Falls

Climate:
Holy Jim Falls is usually nice all year, even in the dry seasons. The falls are best viewed in the early spring or during the rainy season but beware, the creek can rise suddenly and become too swift for a safe crossing even in a vehicle. Beware of poison oak! Always make sure to check weather conditions before you head out.

Location:
Holy Jim Falls in located in Cleveland National Forest in Trabuco Canyon, CA. From the 5 freeway exit El Toro Rd. (If you are coming from the north then you will exit El Toro Rd. and when you get to the first light make a left then make a left onto El Toro Rd. if you are coming from the south you will exit El Toro Rd. and make a right at the light) Fallow El Toro till you come to a fork in the road a biker bar called Cooks Corner (great for a cold drink or some food after a hike!) fallow the road to the right on Live Oak Canyon Rd. eventually it will turn into Trabuco Canyon road but you probably wont even notice I didn't. Keep a look out for Trabuco General Store it will be in your left side this is where you can buy the day passes. After you buy your day pass continue down the road a very short way you will pass over a bridge and on your left side will be a large empty area were cars may be parked.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Entrance Fee:
A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. They can be found at the Trabuco General Store that you will pass on the way there. 1 day passes are $5, 1 year passes valid for Angeles, Los Padres and Cleveland national forests for $30. You can find a place near you to buy the passes here http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/vendors.php or buy an annual pass online here http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/pass-options.shtml I parked at the first parking area just off the paved road there are parking areas along the way eventually coming to the parking area for the trailhead WARNING! Small cars are allowed to drive on the dirt road and I have seen many people drive it but keep in mind the road is not paved and becomes very hard to manage in a small car NOT impossible just very hard!

Trails:
Holy Jim falls- (once at the trailhead) 2.8 miles round trip, from the first dirt patch (right off the paved road) 5 miles to the trail head
Falls Canyon- 4 miles one way
Beware of poison oak

Difficulty:
Moderate

Jessie's Thoughts:
If you love waterfalls like I do then you will love this hike. If you plan on parking at the entrance and hiking in or if you drive and park all the way up at the trailhead you will have a great time. We parked at the entrance and walked in wondering off the dirt road many times to play in the river and explore. We saw tons of tadpoles, frogs, dragonfly,  and ever a llama wondering around so keep a look out for him!  This is a great hike for the family but I recommend parking up at the trailhead if you are able to because it is a very long walk and we ended up running out of water for the first time ever as we were going to head back from the falls and had to ask for a ride from a wonderful woman and her 2 boys. Swimming is permitted along the trail, we came across many areas deep enough to swim with private little beaches that would be great for a small group to hang out. I recommend water shoes or flip flops for going into the water as there are lots of small rocks that hurt to walk on. The water is Cristal clear and feels great on a hot day so don't be afraid to get in or even just soak your feet. Once on the trail be careful there is poison oak everywhere! I'm surprised I didn't get itchy considering I brushed up against it a few times. When getting near the waterfall the trail does get a bit tricky we had to climb over fallen trees and rocks. This trail was sort of busy when we went but everyone we passed was very nice except for the few people who drove the dirt road and decided to be dangerous and drive very fast with no concern of other passing cars or hikers so PLEASE! be aware of who is coming down the road they may not slow down. Overall this was a great hike and after a hot and sweaty hike there was nothing better than heading back down the paved road to Cook's Corner ( local biker bar) to have a drink with some new friends we made along the trail.


Map:

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Friday, July 8, 2011

You Can Make Things Out of Paracord?!

Simply put.... I love paracord! I think its an amazing material that everyone should learn about and know how to use. Paracord, better known as parachute cord or 550 cord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope (Kernmantle rope is a rope constructed with its interior core -the kern- protected with a woven exterior sheath -mantle- that is designed to optimize strength, durability, and flexibility.)

Originally paracord was used in the suspension lines of the US parachutes during World War II once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians.















I was given a bunch of books on how to tie all sorts of knots and make tons of really cool stuff. I have begun making things from the books so make sure to look for further posts and videos --Also found on my YouTube Page

Monday, July 4, 2011

LA96C Nike Missile Site

"The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want." - Harry s. Truman

Location:
 There are many many ways to get to the Nike missile site my favorite way is driving up to the end of Reseda Blvd. and hiking the Mulholland Fire Road to LA96C. You can also drive and park right out front but I disagree with being able to do that due to the fact that any one can just drive on up and many occasions have hiked a long way only to get to the Nike site and have to deal with out of control teens who drove and are running around and yelling at the top of their lung.
...THE LAZY WAY THERE...
17000 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA This address is NOT the corect address for the nike missile site, however when put into google maps it will take you to mulholland Dr. just short of the site. From the 101 freeway exit Hayvenhurst Ave. Turn right to stay on Hayvenhurst Ave. Turn right onto Encino Hills Dr. Continue onto Mulholland Dr. When you hit the end of the road go left, the paved road will turn into dirt for the rest of the drive. Fallow the winding road till you get to the Nike Missile Site.

Hours:
Open sunrise to sunset

Entrance Fee:
Depending on where you decide to depart from there could very well be a parking fee so make sure to check before you head out. I park at the top of Reseda Blvd and if you park below the white line parking is free. Parking is also free at the Nike site itself. 

Trails:
Like I said before you can take one of many many trails in this area to get to the Nike site. The main one I have noticed people taking is the Mulholland Fire Road at the top of Reseda Blvd. From there to the Nike missile site is 6 miles round trip.

Difficulty:
Easy/ Moderate

Jessie's Thoughts:
A 360 degree view of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Encino Reservoir, and Santa Monico on a clear day. The Nike missile site also known as LA96C is a great place to hike to and learn all about what the Nike site did and the people who worked here. Wondering around the lot there are information signs posted all over the place and also a few look out points with telescopes. When ever I hike one of the trails the goes through LA96C I like to bring a very small lunch and sit at one of the many lunch tables scattered around. I recommend this trail to everyone I know; its great for families with small children! Dogs are allowed but I always say on a leash! and there are lots of people on mountain bikes so be careful.

Map:

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