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A little hike today

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Temescal Ridge Trail

Downtown LA

Downtown LA

Santa Monica Bay from the top of Temescal Trail

Santa Monica Bay from the top of Temescal Trail

Temescal Canyon

Temescal Canyon

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Last push to the top

Ocean view from Temescal trail

Peek-a-boo ocean view from the Temescal Canyon

I love hiking in CA in fall and winter or I burned 39 calories or I am feelin the burn

Some time ago I started hiking weekly, by myself, in the morning after I dropped Luka off to school. It was convenient because Luka’s school is close to many hikes. But then it became too hot which I really don’t like and I stopped, planning to pick it back up in the fall. But then I didn’t. Schedules just didn’t work.
But I did it again today, dropped Luka off, and went to Temescal Canyon. I challenged myself to get to the waterfall and back in 1 hr.

This is a terrible photo of the map at the entrance to the park, but you can see the waterfall mark. That was my destination. Of course I had to take some pictures along the way:

Proof that we do have some fall foliage in Southern CA (I do miss the fall colors of the colder climates; I do not miss the cold though).

A view of the Canyon towards the ocean.

The waterfall. Ok, not too impressive, but it’s there. Much more water in the Spring (I was actually surprised there was any water at all since the “rainy season” just started. I made it up here in 35 min.


On the way down…


I ran back and made it to the car in just over 1 hr. I did not expect I would make it, not necessarily because I cannot do it, but because I did not know what the distance was and I randomly assigned myself 1 hr.

I made more than 3.6 km because I did not realize my GPS was off until point A on this map. I started and ended at B.
It was fantastic, I really enjoy hiking, especially this time of year. I used an app called GPS lite to track my hike. It calculated I burned 39 calories. I am thinking it might be a little off.
I am already feeling the burn in my legs. I will be in pain tomorrow.

Hollywood sign

Finally, after more than 10 years here in LA, we are exploring the sights… We started at the Hollyridge trail for a short hike to a point where you can see the sign from below. It’s about 3 miles round trip. Perfect for a hike with kids. You cannot get to the sign – unless you have a permit for filming, but seeing it up close was enough (even though sitting on one of the letters would be really cool).

Trail head

Ready and willing. Snack in hand. All good to go.

Instant gratification – you can see the sign very close, very soon.

Should have been a good view of the city. Not so much.

Heat is setting in. Slower going. (I actually got a sunburn. I was totally unprepared. It was cold in Venice, and foggy. I new it would not be as foggy/cold up in Hollywood hills, but still, over 80, no cloud in the sky. After 10+ years you would think I would have this down!)

Arriving at the destination. More snacks and a bit more energy kicking in. This is the only pic of him and the sign – the only one he would agree to. I think he didn’t really get the whole thing – looking at some huge letters – why?

He was willing. He did say it hurt his arm.

Yes, we were close.

First he found the long stick. He decided he was an old man. Started limping a bit and walking even slower. Then he found the smaller stick and started putting it in his mouth. After I complained, and asked why, he said it was the smoke. ??!! Apparently old men use walking sticks and smoke pipes. When I said that smoking is bad for him, he said – “mom, it’s pretend smoke”. Of course.

Next I would like to see the Batman cave. A guy was telling me about it today on this trail. He seemed very surprised that I did not know of the original Batman show. He even sang the show tune for me. Nope. I had no idea.

Scenes from Baldwin Hills on a beautiful Sunday afternoon

At the top of a trail at Baldwin Hills. Then some scenes from the Culver City Park (the two are connected by a little pathway from the road leading to the top of Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook). I cannot believe we’ve never known about these two…

Leacock Memorial Trail

Today I picked a trail I did know about except that I saw a sign to the trailhead on Sunset Blvd, close to Bienvenida, which is on our way to school. I could not find it at first, because the road deadends at one of those posh gated communities. But when I did a U-turn I saw it: the Leacock Memorial Trail to Temescal Ridge Trail, which is inside the Topanga State Park. You can read about it here too.

It is only 0.5 miles long, and at the first junction you get to Temescal Ridge Trail. I kept right and then on the next junction I went left. I actually did the same route (purely by accident) as in the link above, and I ended at the top of the hill, with really good views of the city and the ocean. I dont know what the elevation gain is, but it is a pretty good workout. Here are some pics:


The trail is partially in shade, and partially exposed with great views towards the city and the bay.


What is this on the right. It was a little creepy (I really, really, really cannot stand snakes), it did not move at all, just stood like that frozen. Is it a lizard? But I could not see the legs. A snake? It does not really look like a snake. I wanted a closeup picture, but I did not want to go too close, so I extended my camera and shot blindly, hoping for the best.


A scream? A hiss?


finally a hike

After I missed two Thursday hikes, first Sven was sick and then me, I was finally able to go out for a hike. I went back to Will Rogers Park, and this time there were no bees, so I headed up Inspiration Point trail. I am not sure I actually got to the Inspiration Point – there were a couple of places where the trail split and there were no signs  and I decided to just keep going right. (why? no reason at all) Eventually I ended down at the stables and back to the parking lot. I almost did not go, because as it turns out, it rained today. Really rained, it was not just one of those misty mornings, it rained. But I thought it might be the last rainy/overcast day before the summer, and I like that kind of weather, and I wanted to take some pictures, so I did go. My hair was wet, and I had to protect my camera (so it really did rain, even though this is LA abd it’s end of May) but I think I got some nice pictures. (Oh, and I started on the trail relatively late, because we got stuck in traffic going to Luka’s school – no, it was not the weater, apparently a water main broke on PCH and it was a complete mess. We were 30 min late to school!)

The pictures…

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westridge trail

I was hoping for an overcast day, but it turned out clear and really warm. Not too clear, though, as you can see from the pictures. Beautiful hike. I didn’t go all the way, but I took a side trail that goes up three hills, for some extra workout and more pictures.

I am really looking forward to these Thursday morning hikes, but I will have to be more prepared. The is getting warmer and I will need a hat, some light hiking clothes (long sleeves and pants) and shoes, definitely better shoes; light hiking boots or trail running sneakers.

will rogers to temescal…

temescaltowillrogersToday I decided to go to Will Rogers State Historic Park and hike the Inspiration Point Loop, but… as I was taking the picture of the beginning o the trail, beutiful yellow flowers all around, I noticed bees! A lot of bees, right in front of me, on the flowers I was photographing. If I was to contine, I would have had to disturb them, and from experience (hiking north of Pasadena some time ago) I knew that disturbing that many bees might not be a good idea. So I turned around and took the Temescal Trail which connects Will Rogers Park and the Temescal Gateway Park. This trail is 2.1 miles one way, but I did not have the time today to do it all the way, so I got about half way in and then had to turn around. I liked the trail, it was shaded and very quiet. I wish I could go even earlier, to get that early morning light and smell, but, oh well…

temescal canyon trail

temescalmap Last Thursday was my first “Thursday Hike” morning. I am always struggling with excersize. Not that I don’t want to do it… It is just that I get easily bored with treadmills, classes,… I love hiking, and I really don’t know why I did not think of this before. I got a book on tape, the camera and at 8:30, right after dropping L off at school, I hit the trail. I made myself walk all the way to the top without stopping to take pictures, to get the workout. And then I ran down. It was really good, excellent workout, pain afterwards, but I will do it again.

I did not get the map beforehand, so I did not know that the trail is a loop and I returned the same way. I will have to do it again (there are more trails around there too), because apparently the other side is even better, but I did get to see the little waterfal. It’s a nice hike, elevating gain about 1000 ft, and great views rom the top (on a clear day) – you can see the city, the ocean (towards Malibu) and the mountains further north and east.