Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hike In Eaton Canyon - Altadena, CA

Today, my dog Hiker and I joined our friend Linda for a hike in Eaton Canyon, which is located in Altadena, CA. We had never hiked this area before and we were looking forward to checking this canyon out.

The main trail is very well maintained and the first mile of the trail is a moderate hike. There are a few spots with slight inclines, but the trail is wide and very well marked. You first cross a dry creek bed, which I'm sure has water in it during the rainy months. A little farther into the trail, you will find a few oak groves too.

If you want to stay on the main trail, it starts to climb very steeply at the 1 mile mark and winds up the mountain. We decided to take the waterfall trail.

From this sign, it is 1/2 mile up to the 40 foot waterfall, and is a pretty vigorous hike up and down the hillside, climbing over boulders and you must cross the creek many times before you reach the waterfall.

Then...our first glimpse of the falls.

Our total hike was 3 miles and was very enjoyable. This hike is a good one and I recommend it to anyone who lives in the area. There is a Nature Center with exhibits and a gift shop. It's best to hike this canyon on a week-day as it becomes very crowded on week-ends.

Eaton Canyon Natural Area, supervised and maintained by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, is a 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological wonderland situated at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. With its hiking trails, wildlife, rocks and minerals, and plants, there is something for everyone to enjoy. It is also the gateway to Heninger Flats, Idle Hour Campground, and Mount Wilson. Visit the Nature Center, where you'll find information, displays, a gift shop, and offices. There is no admission to the park, which is open from sunrise to sunset daily. We ask only that you leave it the way you find it, and take nothing away but photos and pleasant memories.

Directions: Eaton Canyon Natural Area is located at 1750 North Altadena Drive, one block north of New York Drive in Pasadena, California. There is a sign on the east side of the street which clearly marks the entrance to the Park. From the 210 Freeway eastbound, exit at Sierra Madre Boulevard/Altadena Drive. Turn left (north) at the first light (Altadena Drive) and go 1.6 miles to the park entrance. From the 210 Freeway westbound, exit at San Gabriel Boulevard/San Marino. Turn right (north) at the second light (Altadena Drive) and go 1.5 miles to the park entrance.

Address: 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena
Phone: (626) 398-5420

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hiking O'Melveny Park/Bee Canyon - Granada Hills, CA

My brother is visiting me this weekend, so he and I took my dog Hiker over to Granada Hills to a place known as O'Melveny Park/Bee Canyon. I had never hiked this area before so I was interested in this new adventure. This area is part of the Michael D. Antonovich Open Space and connects to the trails in East & Rice Canyons and Towsley Canyon on the Santa Clarita side of the mountains.

The hike starts off from the parking lot at the bottom of O'Melveny park. You can take either the dirt "nature trail" or the paved path that takes you through the middle of the park. We decided to take the nature trail.

This trail and the paved path meet up about 3/4 of a mile in, but then the trail narrows and heads up into the canyon.

We hiked a total of 2 miles this day. If you don't mind the steep climb, you can hike for many miles in this area.

O'Melveny Park is located above Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley. The park surrounds the Bee Canyon watershed and abuts the Santa Susana mountain range below Oat Mountain. Hiking trails and fire roads invite exploration of this 672-acre park. Outside of Griffith Park, O'Melveny Park is the city's second largest park.

Directions: Take the 118/Ronald Reagan Freeway and exit Balboa Blvd. Turn north, driving 2 miles to Sesnon, turn left going west .6 mile, turn right at park entrance.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Second Hike With My Dog Hiker - This Time Towsley Canyon

It was a beautiful morning here in the Santa Clarita Valley this morning. A few clouds in the sky and not to hot/not to cold. My friend Linda came over and she and I, along with my dog Hiker headed over to Towsley Canyon to hike up to The Narrows. It was a 2.25 mile hike and Hiker seemed to really enjoy her walk. The creek is not flowing this time of year. Once we get some rain, it will be back to full flow. Seemed to be quite a few hikers out on the trail today. Looking forward to the spring when the wildflowers will be blooming.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hiker's First "Real" Hike

As some of you may know from my other blogs, I adopted a dog on October 13, 2011. I named her Hiker and she is a Australian Cattle Dog Mix. She is just a little over a year old.

Today my friend Linda and I took Hiker for her first "real" hike over in Placerita Canyon. Hiker loves her walks and up until today, the longest walk she had taken with me was 2 miles, but today she did 4 miles and she did very well. She is really good on the leash and she was checking out all of the new smells and new sounds. She kept watching the trees because she would hear the birds.

Here are some photos that I took of the hike and also some that my friend Linda took.

 Linda, Me & Hiker

 Linda and Hiker on the Trail


 Linda on the Trail

 Me, Hiker & Linda

 Me & Hiker


Linda took the photos below

 Linda took this one of Me & Hiker

 Here's another shot Linda took

 Me & Hiker in the sunlight

 Me and Hiker resting

I love how Hiker is tilting her head

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hike Along The Carpinteria Bluffs Trail

This trail runs along the bluffs of Carpinteria State Beach and also goes inland just a bit and follows the coastal railroad tracks. The views from the bluffs are beautiful and there is a spot where you can watch the seals come ashore and sun themselves. The day we were there was mostly overcast all day, so the seals did not come ashore.

If you are traveling either northbound or southbound on Highway 101 along the California Coast, take the for Bailard Avenue exit in Carpinteria. After exiting the freeway, head west. The first street you intersect, after less than a block, is Carpinteria Ave. You can see at the intersection a parking area straight ahead. Park here. The hike begins here. There is a bronze relief plaque of the ocean here, and some baseball fields.

We entered the trail from the other side on Linden Avenue at the entrance of the Carpinteria State Beach campground. We hiked 3.5 miles, but if you walk from one end of the trail to the other, it is 3 miles, so a round trip would be 6 miles.

The trail can sometimes be hard to find, but if you ask other hikers, they will tell you where to continue.

View at the start of the trail
My friend Linda on the trail
One of the views from the bluffs
Linda, Me & my brother Keith
Keith on the trail
The trail actually comes down to the beach at one point
Great view from the bluff trail
Where the trail runs along the tracks
A fork in the trail will take you down to the beach
Another view from the bluffs
Near the seal rookery, I zoomed in on this little guy
Another great view from the trail
Heading back toward where we started
We walked along the beach to get back to the car
The blue line shows the path of our hike