Backyard Hikes: Los Angeles

  1. Hike #6 takes us to all the way to Puerto Rico to the lush El Yunque National Rainforest

    On a clear day, the view from the top of El Yunque is breathtaking. Looking out over the lush green tree tops, past the towns, you see the blue water of the northern coastline and the easternmost tip of Puerto Rico.

    Along the way, you will be crossing many mountain streams, seeing beautiful plants and flowers like fern trees, and hibiscus flowers. Be careful – it is easy to misstep as you are looking at all the beautiful plant life around you. You will also be hearing many different types of birds, insects and frogs (including the beloved Puerto Rican coqui!). Just don’t expect to see the Puerto Rican Parrot. There are only about 33 left in the wild and they are rarely seen.

    Being a rain forest, there are plenty of rivers that come down from El Yunque. Over many years, the rushing waters have made some of these river rocks into natural playgrounds, complete with pools and water slides. There is a place in Luquillo called Las Paylas (or Las Pailas) were the rocks in this river are really smooth and make for some really fun slides.

    Song: Pirulo y la Tribu - Loco Pero Feliz
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  2. Hike #4 takes us to Fish Canyon Falls in Azusa

    Fish Canyon Falls is beautiful three-tiered waterfall that drops over eighty feet. Abundant sycamore, and oak trees provide shade along the trail. There is a rock quarry at the bottom of Fish Canyon and for many years the trail could only be reached via shuttle on special access days. The trail is now open seven days a week for all to enjoy.

    Like our first hike, The Bridge To Nowhere, there will be water throughout the hike. Swimming at the falls is allowed, so pack appropriately.

    DETAILS:
    - Plenty of free parking at the trailhead
    - 4.8 mile loop hike
    - 600+ feet of elevation change
    - Some open hiking - hats and sunscreen a must
    - Water is not optional. Plan on bringing at least 1 liter with you. More if possible
    - Bring some extra socks. You will thanks me later if you happen to step in the creek.
    - Pooches allowed, but bring extra water for your little friend
    - Watch for poison oak!

    Song: Lion Babe - Jump So High ft. Childish Gambino

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  3. Our first trek, The Bridge to Nowhere. A 10 mile round trip hike that had us splashing through streams and climbing mountains on our way to one of the most unexpected sights in southern California.

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  4. Our second trek, The Echo Mountain trail

    Hiking this trail is a rewarding experience, rich with history. Echo Mountain is home to the ruins of the Echo Mountain House — a grand hotel built in the late 1800’s. This 6-MILE ROUD TRIP trail parallels the route of the old Mount Lowe Railway, offering great views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Los Angeles Basin.

    Details:
    - Free parking at the trailhead, but watch street signs
    - 6 miles roundtrip
    - 1,500 feet of elevation gain
    - Limited shade - hats and sunscreen a must
    - Water is not optional. Plan on bringing at least 1 liter with you. More if possible

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  5. For our third adventure, we hiked the Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

    Sandstone Peak (Mount Allen) in Malibu, California, is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains.

    This is a long, lovely walk in the Malibu hills over a dramatic variety of terrain, with spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, San Fernando Valley and Pacific Ocean. It offers solitude, a sweet picnic spot and sheer sandstone cliffs. Bring water and sunscreen, and watch for poison oak.

    As the hike descends you are treated to amazing red rock outcroppings and sections of lovely, shady trail.

    This trail, located in the Santa Monica Mountains near the border of Los Angeles and Ventura County, and offers views of the valley, the Pacific Ocean, and the mountains to the east. Sites such as Balancing Rock and Split Rock await you on your journey.

    DETAILS:
    - Plenty of free parking at the trailhead
    - 6 mile loop hike
    - 1,000+ feet of elevation change
    - Some open hiking - hats and sunscreen a must
    - Water is not optional. Plan on bringing at least 1 liter with you. More if possible
    - Doggies allowed, but bring extra water for your little friend

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Backyard Hikes: Los Angeles

Dan Long

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