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Saturday, February 26, 2011

DAY 102: BARRANCA BEFORE CAMINO REAL

DAY 102: BARRANCA BEFORE CAMINO REAL
Date: Thursday February 24, 2011
Miles: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 75 Feet
Time: 45 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy walkway, unless you decide to make it difficult!
Reward: 102 Dalmatians, the sequel
Description: Walking next to the barranca
Where: Ventura, CA
Directions:From the 101 Freeway in Ventura, exit at Main Street/Telephone.  Drive down Main Street toward the mall (west).  Turn right on Mills.  Turn right on Telegraph.  Ventura College will be on the left, look for the street Estates on the right; pass Estates and then park immediately on Telegraph.  The trailhead is tucked in between a house and driveway: 
 


This tunnel was actually quite cool.  You can walk through it as it travels under the walkway above.  Yes, it is dark but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  It opens up again before it enters another unknown tunnel which travels underneath Telegraph and then who know from there?  The dogs and I stayed on the upper trail.


The picture of the field above is across from Day Rd.  If you've ever wondered about this vacant lot, well now you now.  From the barranca, hike up a 25 foot hill to reach the field.

The hike was easy, but I complicated it at the end.  Instead of going back to the car, I dipped down into the barranca with the dogs and began hiking toward Camino Real.  It quickly gets dark and overgrown.  It drops down, it's narrow and wet.  Domino could not handle it and honestly, I couldn't either.  I discovered this place yesterday when I was leaving Camnio Real.  The barranca travels along Aurora and eventually leads to the swing that I talked about yesterday.  When I was driving up Estates, I noticed a fenced off overgrown area and wondered.  When I turn right on Telegraph I saw this trailhead from the car so I had to try it.  I haven't yet hiked along the Aurora side so I will return another day and see if there is a tunnel to walk thru.
 


5 comments:

  1. Nice easy hike and close. Nice to know how to get to them too. I'll keep checking your blog. Later Gator

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  2. Thanks for following. --Are you following? Sign in to follow... I'm glad you enjoy the blog and I hope there are a few hikes in here that will interest you. With this one in particular, stay on the gravel walkway. I know it's not much of a hike but the tempting part of the overgrown waterway is not worth it. My dogs and I found out the hard way.

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  3. Hi there, I really like some of your hikes and your idea to do this was great! I was wondering if you now know where the second tunnel leads too? I went through part of it for about 45 minutes with a friend before we climbed up one of the side ladders and came up though a manhole in the middle of a park. The tunnel was nowhere near the end though. So have you explored though the end?

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    1. I've gone in many of these tunnels but I always go without a flashlight. I've never returned to them to explore further. However, I do see them come out across the fields that you see off the 101 between Telephone and Seaward. The tunnel opens up and the water way flows out to the ocean. I probably will not ever go deeper into these tunnels but if you do or have some pics, I will add them to my blog. Email me directly at silverhonors@hotmail.com.

      Thanks for following.

      -Jeremy

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