Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stoddard Canyon Falls

 Date:
May 28, 2012

Nearby City:
Mt. Baldy Village, CA
Upland, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 210 East Freeway. Exit Base Line Rd. Make a Left at the light and the next Right at Padua Ave. Follow the road for 1.8 miles and make a Right onto Mt. Baldy Rd. Drive 6.1 miles and turn Right onto Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail, if you hit Mt. Baldy Village you have gone to far. Park in the dirt parking area just before the building. Adventure Pass is needed to park.

Hours:
Sunrise to Sunset

Difficulty:
Hard

Why?
There is minor climbing involved to get to the falls, rope is not needed.

Elevation:
Unknown

Seasons:
September- May

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
Adventure Pass- they can be bought at Mt. Baldy lodge in Mt. Baldy village or up the road at the nature center.

Waterfall Height: 
Unknown (Guess-  30 or 40ft)

Trails:
Stoddard Canyon Falls- Unknown (Guess- 1 to 1.5 miles round trip)
Stoddard Peak- 6 miles round trip

Trail Conditions:
This is not an easy hike, the trail down to the creek is steep and covered in loose rocks. Once at the creek there are obstacles to navigate around and over; logs, boulder, deep water. Just before the falls you will need to climb up a narrow ledge a few feet above a deep pool of water.

Trail Directions:
From the parking lot head past the rock barrier and head down the old paved road, soon you will be able to hear the waterfall down below in the canyon. Continue down the road, its eroding so please be careful, Shortly the trail will have a short wood post sticking out of the ground and what kind of looks like a trail of loose white rocks winding down toward the trees and the bottom of the canyon. Once at the bottom climb over the large boulders and hike up stream, theres a non official path that can be made out in some sections. As long as you are heading up stream you can not miss the waterfall. Soon the trail ends at a deep pool of water with a foot high waterfall that looks like steps, swim out and climb up it or look to the right and climb up the ledge a few feet above the water (See Picture) What you have made it to the top continue on a few feet to another block in the canyon, go to the right and you will see a log that looks like a ramp up to the top of the large boulder. Shimmy up the smooth log for your last challenge of this hike, enjoy the falls then head back the way you came.

PLEASE NOTE: this is a popular spot for rock climbers so be aware that they are there at the waterfall with you and do not bother them. 

For added fun- Head back out of the canyon and to wear you first heard the waterfall climb down and sit at the top of the falls, for the brave you are able to slide over the top of the falls like a waterside. (See Pictures)

Other Activities: 
Hiking
Rock Climbing
Swimming

Links:
Hiking Group

Facebook Page
Photos
Videos
Store- Knot the Ordinary
Weather.com
Angeles National Forest Website

Jessie's Thoughts: 
I am a huge fan of hikes that involve added adventure like scrambling up large boulders and logs. This is a great hike for the adventurous. I can't find much information on this waterfall, I found it a few months ago after hiking Stoddard Peak. We walked down the road from the parking lot and heard the waterfall down below, Alan and I came back 4 months later and found the way to the waterfall on our own. Since then I have searched many times for more information on this waterfall but can't ever find anything.

Map:


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOlite Sleeping Pad


Review: About 5 months ago I was all set to leave for a three day hiking trip, when it dawned on me that I had no sleeping pad! So I drove to the REI near my house and bought the cheapest one they had, Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOlite Sleeping Pad  $25, the Regular size sleeping pad was on sale it usually is sold for $30. 

Before I get into the review of this sleeping pad, theres one thing I need to share. I am a light sleeper, even after hiking all day and being exhausted its hard for me to fall asleep and even when I'm asleep I wake up and move around a lot. Not everyone sleeps the same, there are sleeping pads feel amazing to some people and completely unusable to others. I have hiked with people who can literally sleep on any surface, and somehow still get a good nights sleep!

So now, onto the review of the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOlite Sleeping Pad. After using this sleeping pad on numerous hiking trips I have to say I ordered an inflatable sleeping pad. I found this sleeping pad to be extremely uncomfortable to sleep on and woke up in the morning with far more pain than when I went to sleep, making it hard to want to hike 10+ miles that day. After that said, there are some good qualities about this sleeping pad, the aluminized surface works great at keeping you warm on those chilly mornings. This sleeping pad doesn't roll up small but does weight only 14 ounces. Overall this sleeping pad is great for those backpackers who can sleep almost anywhere but don't like waking up freezing cold in the early mornings or what I plan on doing is pairing this foam sleeping pad with my new inflatable one for extra comfort and warmth. However you choose to enjoy this sleeping pad one thing is for sure, you get what you pay for!

Price: $20- $40 BUY HERE

Specs:
For specs on the Large and Small size sleeping pads visit the REI website.
Best Use- Backpacking
Pad Type- Foam Pad
Pad Shape- Rectangular 
Insulation Type- Closed cell foam
Packed Size- 8x20 inches
Pad Length- 72 inches
Pad Width- 20 inches
Pad Thickness- 0.62 inches
Weight- 14 ounces 

Final Review:
★★☆☆☆

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Black Diamond Trekking Poles



Review: I bought the Black Diamond TrailBack Trekking Poles 8 months ago from REI. At first I thought almost $80 for a pair of hiking poles was way to expensive but I have to say they were worth every penny! I am not easy on my gear, I have always felt that if my gear can stand up to my abuse it can handle anything nature will throw at it, and these do! The flick locks are great, they keep the pole from retracting under pressure unlike the trekking poles with twist locks. They also come with two tough rubber baskets to keep your poles on the surface of snow, mud, and gravel. The poles do not come with protective rubber stoppers but I found a pair at REI for $5 and I have yet to buy another pair even after over 400 miles of hard use.

When I was originally looking at these trekking poles I read tons of reviews on a bunch of sites, I found that the only complaint was about a small plastic piece that holds the strap to the handle. Men with large hands found that the small hard piece would rub on their hand and irritate it. Seeing as I am a women with tiny hands this has yet to be an issue for me. However you can easily take this piece out by unscrewing the handle, but the strap will no longer be adjustable.

Price: $80 REI- SALE $59.89
BUY IT HERE
Black Diamond trekking pole tip protectors- $4.95
Black Diamond powder snow baskets- $4.95

Specs:
Collapsed Length- 25 inches
Shaft- Aluminum
Grip- Rubber
Tip- Low Flex
Locking Mechanism- Double FlickLock
Weight- (pair) 1lb. 4oz.

Final Review:
★★★★★

Sierra Club Ski Hut via Manker Flats

To view all the pictures from this hike click here to go to the photo gallery.
To view videos from this hike click here to go to YouTube

Date:
May 21, 2012
Nearest City:
Mt. Baldy Village 

Driving Directions:
From the 210 East Freeway take the exit for Base Line Rd. At the light make a left onto East baseline Rd. Cross over the freeway and make the first right onto Padua Ave. Follow this road toward the mountains for 1.8 miles making a right at the light onto Mt. Baldy Rd. Continue for a few miles to Mt. Blady Village where you can buy an Adventure Pass at the Mt. Baldy Lodge or the nature cent a little further up the road. Continue up Mt. Baldy Road a few miles, soon the road splits and becomes two lanes, at the stop sign make a left (U-Turn ) and park on the other side of the road in the dirt parking lot. Theres a single porter potty near the gated paved road. To see the exact location to park on a map click here

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Moderate - Strenuous

Why?
I was told that there are many trails that can be taken to the summit of Mt. Baldy and the ski hut trail is the easiest. I have hiked quite a few trails that were eroding in sections and this trail was no different, the trail is doable for the more experienced hikers, if you are not used to the high elevation or the steep grade of the trail, just take it slow and you will make it!

Elevation:
Manker Flats- 6160'
Mt. Baldy- 10,064'
San Antonio Falls- 6400'
Total Gain- 3900'

Seasons:
April- October. The trail to Mt. baldy should NOT be attempted when snow is present, the trail can become extremely dangerous to anyone without experience. Mt. Baldy Death

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
An adventure pass is required to park, they can be bought at Mt. Baldy Lodge or just up the street at the nature center.

Waterfall Height:
San Antonio Falls-  100ft.

Trails:
San Antonio Falls-1.2 miles R.T.
Sierra Club Ski Hut- 5 miles R.T.
Mt. Baldy- 8.4 miles R.T.

Trail Condition: 
The trail is in great condition, there are a few areas that have been slightly eroded but are still passable. The trails are kept clean and volunteers and fellow hikers, so make sure to pack out everything you bring in!

Trail Directions:
From the Manker Flats parking lot head up the paved road past a sometimes locked gate. After a short climb the road makes a sharp right, here you are able to see San Antonio Falls, there is a small trail leading off to it. After checking out the waterfall head back to the paved road and continue up a little further. The trail is easy to miss so keep an eye out for it to the left of the paved road. Once on the trail continue your climb up to a metal box where you can sign in. The trail is very easy to follow, there aren't any intersecting trails the whole way to the ski hut. After 2.5 miles (distance disputed by different web sites) you will arrive at the Sierra Club Ski Hut, on weekends if there are people staying at the hut they may let you in to refill your water. Enjoy the ski hut and then head back the way you came or continue on to Mt. Baldy.

Ranger Information: 
Los Angeles River Ranger District
12371 N. Litle Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, CA, 91342
Mike McIntyre, District Ranger
(818)889-1900
FAX (818) 896-6727
CRS (800) 735-2922
CRS (800) 735-2929 (TDD/TTY)
M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Other Activities:
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Winter Hiking

Links:

Jessie's Thoughts:
Mt. Baldy is one of those mountains, that if you are a socal hiker its a MUST do hike! There are many different skill level trails that can be taken to the summit of Mt. Baldy but this one I have been told is the easiest. I had such a great hike! I can't wait to go back!!

Map: 


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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Women's Hydration Backpack


User's Review (Jessie): I bought this backpack 7 months ago, I needed something small but could fit everything I would need on a day hike, came with a hydration bladder, and above all not expensive. I read reviews for tons a day packs and The North Face Ladies Pierdra Hydration Backpack seemed to be the best one. Over the last 7 months I have had plenty of opportunities to use and test this backpack out.
The badder that comes with the backpack is made from a very thick plastic, great for durability! However the bladder does not use the typical round screw lid instead it opens up wide like a brown lunch bag and to close it you have to fold the top flap over and slide a black plastic piece keeping the flap shut. This does not create a perfect lock so the bladder does leak A LOT! You can't lay the hydration bladder down or you will come back to a huge puddle and when placed in the backpack the slot for it is so tight so it pushes the water up and out and your back gets drenched! But this is an easy fix, just buy a new bladder or what I do, fill it up to below the fill line.

The backpack is ideal for smaller women as it will lay flat against your back without having the feeling or look of something massive on your back. The front compartment has enough room for a small lunch, an extra water bottle, and a first aid kit. Inside there are a few mesh pockets to help keep smaller stuff organized and the two pockets on the outside of the backpack will only fit small water bottles. Overall I don't recommend this backpack unless you plan on only doing very short few mile walks. There are far better hydration packs out there for a lot less. BUY IT HERE

Price: $70- $110

What it Comes With: Mesh infused E-Vap foam back panel, 70 oz. (2 liter) sorce wifdepak animicrobial reservoir with magnetic clip, large main compartment with internal organization, Exterior Compression cords, Outside-in side water bottle pockets (3), Removable hipbelt.

Specs:
Weight- 1lb. 5oz.
Volume- 500 cubic in./ 8 liter
Dimensions- 18"x8.5"x4.5"
H2O Compatible (included)

Final Review:
★★★☆☆



Friday, May 18, 2012

First Aid Kit

Jessie's Review: About 5 months ago I bought the REI Day Pack First Aid Kit at one of their stores. When buying anything I bring out on the trail with me, especially something that could potentially save myself or someone else's life, I spend a long time researching it. After looking at tons of first aid kits REI's first aid kits stuck out as the best. I bought the Day Pack First Aid kit but they also sell multiday kits and backpacker kits. What I loved the most about these first aid kits where that they came with a small reference book called The Wilderness First Aid Manual by Dr. William Forget that covers the most common reasons a hiker would need to use a first aid kit along with what everything in your kit does and how to use it.

upon opening my first aid kit for the first time I found that there was still lots of "wasted" room, so I gathered a few more things I thought my first aid kit could use and I still have room! This little pack measures 7x4.5x1.5 inches and I have managed to add an elastic bandage wrap, an emergency blanket, chap stick, Liquid Skin, Bic Lighter, a good amount of toilet paper in a zip lock bag, a single Toasti toes foot warmer, and a magnesium fire starter. Thats not even including all the extra band-aids I added! BUY IT HERE!

I hike a few times a week and every Monday with a small group that includes a few children, I have had many many chances to use this first aid kit over the last 5 months and I have to say BUY IT! Its a great value for what it comes with and the extra room to add even more stuff is a plus. Its small, lightweight, and will fit in or attach to any backpack. 


Price: $12


What it comes with
The kit includes: two 3x0.75in. adhesive bandages, three 3x1in. adhesive bandages, 2 knuckle adhesive bandages, 2 fingertip bandages, and 2 butterfly closures. Two 2x2in. gauze pads, one 3x3in. gauze pad, one 4x3in. piece of moleskin, and 2.5 yd. x 0.5in. roll of tape. 

Three antibacterial wipes, 2 triple- antibiotic ointment packets, and 2 sting relief wipes. Two Mutralox mint antacid tables, 2 Proprinal ibuprofen 200mg. tablets, 2 Cetafen acetaminophen 325mg. tablets, and one Histaprin diphenhydramine 25mg tablet. There are also a pair of bandage scissors and splinter forceps.


Final Review:
★★★★★

Pros:
Packs small/ compresses
Simple to use
Effective
Good instructions. manual
Easy to pack
Expandable
Cheap
Lightweight

Cons:
None

Best Uses:
Day Trips
Backpacking
Camping
In the Car









Mt. Zion

To view all the pictures from this hike click here to go to the photo gallery
To view videos from this hike click here to go to YouTube

Date:
May 14-16, 2012

Nearest City:
Arcadia, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 210 East Freeway Exit Santa Anita Ave. toward Arcadia. (West: Exit Santa Anita Ave.  and make a right onto North Santa Anita Ave.) Make a left onto North Santa Anita Ave. and continue onto Chantry Flats Rd. Follow this road all the way up into the mountain till it dead ends at Chantry Flats parking area. Adventure Pass is needed to park. 

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset (camping is allowed only at designated camp sites, there is no camping off the trails) 

Difficulty:
Moderate

Why?
There are signs at every trail junction making this area very easy to hike and choose where you want to hike as you are out there. Other than short inclines in sections this trail can easily be done by both children and adults. 

Elevation:
Total Gain- 2,100'

Seasons:
Year around, always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be hiking. 

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
An Adventure Pass is needed to park at Chantry Flats. They can be bought at the general store at Chantry Flats (NOT ALWAYS OPEN) or at a gas station once you exit the freeway.  

Cell Service:
T-Mobile-  None

Trails:
Mt. Zion Loop- 9.4 miles

In this are there are tons of trails leading in all directions and most link to other trails and those link to other trails and so on. Here is a site I found that made the most since and has all the trail names, miles, and map. Trails from Chantry Flats

Trail Conditions:
The trails are all in excellent condition, and there are plenty of trail signs so it is very hard to get lost.

Trail Directions:
From the parking area at Chantry Flats head down the steep paved road past a sign with trails and miles on it. Continue down past Hermit Falls junction till the paved road ends and the dirt trail begins. Cross the bridge and follow the trail to the right. Soon there will be a sign for Top of Falls/ Lower Falls Trail, take this trail up to the right to the top of Sturtevant Falls. Eventually the trail will come to the Falling sign junction and from there continue on to Cascade Picnic Area. After a short rest at the lunch table continue to follow the trail up past a bathroom to Spruce Grove Campground.

If you are camping, here is where you set up camp, there are shovels and water buckets behind one of the two bathrooms at the camp.To refill your water bottles take the trial through camp up a very short distance to Sturtevant Camp, at the mess hall there is a water fountain.

Hike through camp up the trail past Camp Sturtevant to the Mt. Zion junction. Here you take the very short Mt. Zion trail to the top of Mt. Zion. Once at the top head back to the junction. From here you can head back the way you came or to make a complete loop back to Chantry Flats continue on along the trail down to Hogee's Campground, from there take the trail through the camp eventually the trial will end at the bridge you crossed near the start of the trail. Hike up the steep paved road back to your car.

Other Activities:
Mountain Biking
Hike
Walk
Waterfalls
Camping
Backpacking

Links:

Jessie's Thoughts:
I absolutely love this area for backpacking! The trail network through all the mountains makes planning hikes very easy. The signs also make it easy to change plans, making our hike longer or shorter depending on how we feel that morning. 

Map:
                                                     

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Mt. Deception

For the first time in a very long time I was so distracted by the steepness of the trail to Mt. Deception I completely forgot to take pictures! I only took 3 once we were at the top.


Date:
May 7, 2012


Nearby City:
La Canada Flintridge

Driving Directions:
View of Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak
From the 210 West Freeway take the exit for the CA-2/ Angeles Crest Highway toward La Canada Flintridge. At the intersection turn Right onto CA-2 E/ Angeles Crest Hwy. Follow road for 13.8 miles, turn right at Red Box and Mt. Wilson Rd. There is a large paved parking lot with bathrooms and a small museum. Take the road through the parking lot toward Mt. Wilson, in a very short distance turn right at the first turn off and drive up to the dirt parking area facing the small road you were just on. Adventure Pass is needed to park.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset


Difficulty:
Strenuous- Difficult


Why?
Don't let the slight incline of the paved road fool you, once on the trail leading up to the top of Mt. Deception the trail goes UP! The trail is a little difficult to follow at times and coming back down is very slow going, Staying on the rocks and roots sticking out of the ground to keep us from sliding down the mountain.

Elevation:
Trailhead- 4760'
Mt. Deception- 5796'
Total Gain- 1,100'
Mt. Disappointment- 5994'
San Gabriel Peak- 6161'

Seasons:
Year around- This trail is very exposed due to fire damage so make sure to wear a hat and sunscreen during the summer months.
At the top of Mt. Deception, nothing really to look at.

Gear Needed:
Day pack with water bladder 
Trekking pole- Helps to keep balance while descending Mt. Deception.
Lunch- If you do more than one trail you will want to bring a snack or lunch.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
An Adventure pass is needed to park. There is a gas station at the exit from the freeway, they can be bought there or next door at REI.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- I had no service at both parking lots but some on each peak I had a few bars and I was able to send a text.

Trails:
Mt. Deception- 4.75 miles round trip
Mt. Disappointment- 3.4 miles round trip
San Gabriel Peak- 4.5 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is hard to spot along the paved fire road and once found its no easy feat getting to the top. The trail is a little difficult to follow in spots and there is no defined peak to know you are there. The climb to the top is not easy as the trail is very steep making it difficult for us on our way back down.

Trail Directions:
From the dirt parking lot there are two ways to Mt. Deception. Going passed the gate and up the paved fire road is the most direct rout there. Another option is to take the dirt trail marked by an orange sign up to the paved road just before the junction for Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak.

Taking the paved fire road to Mt. Deception-
From the dirt parking area head past the gate and up the paved road for about 2 miles. Upon reaching 2 miles from the start keep an eye to the right of the road for a faint trail leading up the side of a mountain. Take this trail slow as you climb, eventually the trial flattens, continue on a short distance this is not the summit. Once at the top enjoy the views and head back the way you came or continue up the paved road to Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak.
Taking the dirt trail-
Trail directions for this trail can be found on a previous post. Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak. After hiking to both Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak head back to the junction between the two mountains. Head down the paved road back towards where the dirt trail meets the paved road, from there continue on down the paved road for 0.6 miles to were a hard to spot dirt trail heads up the side of a mountain. For directions for this section of the trail view the paragraph above.

Other Activities:
Hiking
Mountain Bikes
Backpacking
Sierra Club 100 Peaks

Links:
Facebook Page (Photos)
Store
YouTube (Videos)
Weather.com
Angeles National Forest Website

Jessie's Thoughts:
If you decide to combine the Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak trails with Mt. Deception this is a great hike! Going from easy hiking to Mt. Disappointment, a moderate hike over to San Gabriel Peak, and then a challenging climb up to Mt. Deception. These three trails combined are one of the best loops I have completed in the Angeles National Forest. I highly recommend these three mountains either as a short easy hike with the family to Mt. Disappointment or a difficult climb to Mt. Deception, this is a must do hike for all.

Maps:


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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trippet Ranch to Mulholland Fire Road/ Reseda Trailhead

To view all of the pictures from this hike click here to go to the photo gallery.
To view videos from this hike click here to go to YouTube.

Date:
April 27, 2012

Nearest City:
Topanga Canyon, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway take the exit for CA-27 south. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow this road through the canyon for 8 miles and make a left onto Entrada Road. Continue for 0.7 miles and make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot.

From PCH (1 Freeway) depending on your direction down PCH make a right or left toward CA-27 north or south Topanga Canyon Blvd. Continue into the canyon for 4.6 miles and make a slight right onto Entrada Rd. In 0.7 mile make a slight left to stay on Entrada Ed. and another left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot. Adventure Passes are NOT excepted. 

Hours:
8am - Sunset
*If you are planning on watching the sunset from Parker Mesa Overlook, make sure to park outside the gate or you will be locked in. Also bring a flashlight to find your way back down the fire road to your car.

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
Trail is completely on fire roads with a few slight inclines. 

Seasons:
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be hiking in. 

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is a $10 parking fee at Trippet Ranch pat at the booth that is open on busy days before entering the parking lot or if its closed pat at the self pat thing in the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT excepted. There is a ranger station in the parking lot so don't skip out on the parking fee!! For free parking park on the road outside the front gate. 

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- I had spotty to no service near Trippet but once I got out to Hub Junction and nearing Mulholland Dirt I had almost full bars.

Trails:
*All trail miles listed are one way, unless it says otherwise*
Trippet Ranch to Mulholland Fire Road/ Reseda Trailhead- 4.5 miles
Temescal Peak- 5miles
Trippet Ranch to Los Liones Trailhead- 12.2 miles round trip
Eagle Rcok- 1.8 miles
Musch Trail- 2 miles
Parker mesa Overlook (Trippet Ranch)- 2.8 miles
Parker Mesa (Los Liones)- 3.2 miles
Santa Ynex Trail (waterfall)- 2 miles
Temescal Conference Grounds- 7.8 miles
Pacific Palisades- 4.6 miles
Dead Horse Trail- 1.4 miles
Will Rogers State Park- 8.5 miles

Trail Condition:
The trails and fire roads in the Topanga State Park area are fantastic. The trails are well maintained with plenty of signs to help navigate the trail network. The area is kept very clean, which makes for a better hiking experience. 

Trail Directions:
From Trippet Parking lot take the dirt road past the nature center to the first fork in the road, follow the sign and go left to the next signed/mapped junction. Once at the junction go left again and continue to follow the fire road for a short time to Eagle Spring Junction. Here you will see 3 trails leading off, The trail on the right is Musch Trail, if you go that way its a short hike back to Trippet Ranch on a shaded trail. If you take the middle trail leading up you will soon arrive on top of  Eagle Rock, once at the top enjoy the views and continue to follow the trail as it turns back into a fire road meandering along the ridge lines to Hub Junction. The third and final trail is a fire road called Eagle Springs Fire Road, this road will take you past the base of Eagle Rock and eventually ends at Hub Junction. I chose to go up to Eagle Rock. What ever of the two trails you pick head to Hub Junction, there will be a porter-potty, some trash cans, and a large map of the area. To get to Mulholland fire road go left if you want to get to the ocean head right. This next section to Mulholland is a short hike at just over a mile, once at Mulholland Fire Road head right and in a few minutes a signed Junction with Reseda can bee seen. Continue on or head back the way you came.
 
Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes
Training
Dog are NOT allowed on the trail in Topanga State Park!
Camping (Musch Campgrounds)
Horseback Riding 
Picnic/ BBQ (Trippet Ranch)

Links:

Jessie's Thoughts:
I am getting in shape to hike the Appalachian Trail next year and these set of trails paired with a few others in the area can be combined to make a great 15- 20 miles work out. The people in this area are very nice and say good morning as they pass and the trails are very clean and trash free.

Map:


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