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Saturday, June 30, 2012

1000 Hikes in 1000 Days



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Top Hikes near Las Vegas & Mohave Desert

Top Hikes near Las Vegas & Mohave Desert & Palm Springs

Ratings:     Expert     Very Hard     Hard     Moderate     Easy     Very Easy

  1. Day 243: Mary Jane Falls - Mount Charleston - Las Vegas
  2. Day 488: Museum Trail - Palm Springs
  3. Day 245: Harper Dry Lake - Mohave Desert
  4. Day 488: State Cup Championship - Palm Springs

Top Hikes South of Los Angeles to San Diego

Top Hikes South of Los Angeles to San Diego - Orange County

Ratings:     Expert     Very Hard     Hard     Moderate     Easy     Very Easy
  1. Day 929: Mt. Baldy - San Bernardino County
  2. Day 608: Borrego & Red Rock Trails - Mountain Lion - Limestone Canyon/Whiting Ranch
  3. Day 656: San Juan Loop - Cleveland National Forest 
  4. Day 377: Torrey Pines - Guy Fleming Trail - San Diego
  5. Day 657: San Clemente Beach Trail - San Clemente
  6. Day 642: Whiting Ranch - Lake Forest
  7. Day 655: San Juan Trail - Doheny Beach - Dana Point
  8. Day 608: Bolsa Chica Escological Reserve - Huntington Beach
  9. Day 378: Dana Point & Aliso Beach
  10. Day 838: Fullerton Arboretum - Fullerton
  11. Day 642: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park - Laguna Niguel
  12. Day 657: William R. Mason Regional Park - Irvine, CA
  13. Day 608: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary - Irvine
  14. Day 642: Wilderness Glen - Mission Viejo
  15. Day 642: Serrano Creek Trail - Mission Viejo
  16. Day 607: Fairview Park & Santa Ana River Trail - Costa Mesa
  17. Day 376: La Jolla Harbor Seals - La Jolla
  18. Day 642: Aliso Beach (North) - Laguna Beach
  19. Day 641: Aliso Creek Trail - Lake Forest
  20. Day 608: Sunset Beach - near Huntington Beach
  21. Day 642: Oso Creek Trail - Mission Viejo
  22. Day 656: Lake Elsinore
  23. Day 607: West Newport Beach/Huntington Beach & Sepulveda Adobe
  24. Day 907: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park - Cota de Caza
  25. Day 482: Calavera Lake - Carlsbad
  26. Day 837: Downtown Disney - Anaheim
  27. Day 655: The Mission - San Juan Capistrano
  28. Day 656: Northwest Open SPace - San Juan Capistrano
  29. Day 655: Rancho Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
  30. Day 641: Lake Mission Viejo - Mission Viejo
  31. Day 655: Saddleback Church - San Juan Capistrano
  32. Day 908: James G Gilleran Park - Mission Viejo
  33. Day 656: Above Rancho Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
  34. Day 907: Rancho Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
  35. Day 838: Anaheim Garden Walk

Top Hikes in Los Angeles County

Top Hikes in Los Angeles County

Ratings:     Expert     Very Hard     Hard     Moderate     Easy     Very Easy
  1. Day 250: Fryman Canyon & Rainforest - Studio City
  2. Day 251: Tree People/Rainforest/Franklin Canyon - Studio City
  3. Day 180: Bronson Canyon Bat Caves - Los Angeles
  4. Day 20: Rubio Canyon & Easton Canyon Falls - Alta Dena
  5. Day 126: Valasquez Rocks Geology Trail - Aqua Dulce
  6. Day 711: San Vicente Mountain Park - NIKE Missile Site - Encino
  7. Day 597: Will Rogers State Historic Park - Pacific Palisades
  8. Day 71: Runyon Canyon - Hollywood
  9. Day 558: Ed Davis Park (Towsley Canyon) - Newhall
  10. Day 704: O'Melvany Park - Grotto Trail - Granada Hills
  11. Day 468: Sullivan Canyon Trail - Westridge Canyon
  12. Day 698: Puddingstone Lake - San Dimas
  13. Day 279: Oak of the Golden Dream - Santa Clarita
  14. Day 454: Placerita Falls - Santa Clarita
  15. Day 857: Portuguese Bend - Palos Verdes
  16. Day 704: Anthony C Beilenson Park - Lake Balboa
  17. Day 258: Dixie Canyon - Sherman Oaks
  18. Day 733: The Los Angeles Districts - Los Angeles
  19. Day 657: Seal Beach
  20. Day 324: Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Bouquet Reservoir
  21. Day 669: Will Rogers State Beach - Temescal Canyon - Pacific Palisades
  22. Day 670: Manhattan Beach
  23. Day 698: Mount Sac - Walnut
  24. Day 676: College of the Canyons - Santa Clarita
  25. Day 725: Rainbow Harbor - Long Beach
  26. Day 641: Belmont Pier - Long Beach
  27. Day 600: Pico Canyon - Stevenson Ranch
  28. Day 857: Pelican Cove - Rancho Palos Verdes
  29. Day 733: Sunset Ranch near the Hollywood Sign - Hollywood
  30. Day 838: Hellman Park Trail - Whittier
  31. Day 857: San Vicente Lighthouse - Ranchos Palos Verdes
  32. Day 857: Abalone Cove Park - Rancho Palos Verdes
  33. Day 685: Ballona Lagoon - Marina Del Rey
  34. Day 885: Del Rey Lagoon - Playa Del Rey
  35. Day 684: Pierce College - Woodland Hills
  36. Day 544: Venice Canals - Venice Beach
  37. Day 838: Sycamore Canyon Trail - Whittier
  38. Day 885: Burton W. Chace Park - Marina Del Rey
  39. Day 663: Long Beach
  40. Day 838: Arroyo Pescadero Tail - Whittier
  41. Day 760: Candy Cane Lane - Woodland Hills
  42. Day 725: Vino Alan - Kodak Theatre - Hollywood
  43. Day 666: Woodley Park - Sepulveda Wildlife - Van Nuys
  44. Day 698: San Dimas Canyon Park - San Dimas
  45. Day 704: Wilson Canyon Park - Sylmar
  46. Day885: Venice Fishing Pier - Venice
  47. Day 857: Secret Warmouth Trail - Los Angeles
  48. Day 885: Mothers Beach - Marina Del Rey
  49. Day 725: Signal Hill - Panorama Promenade - Long Beach
  50. Day 704: Saddletree Ranch - Stetson Ranch - Sylmar
  51. Day 704: Tarzana Safari Walk - Tarzana
  52. Day 857: PFC James Anderson, JR. Memorial Park - Carson
  53. Day 838: Downtown Whittier

Top Hikes in Western Ventura County

Top Hikes in Western Ventura County & Sespe Wilderness
Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore & Piru

Ratings:     Expert     Very Hard     Hard     Moderate     Easy     Very Easy
  1. Days 648 & 649: Santa Paula Punch Bowls - Santa Paula
  2. Day 915: Matilija Waterfalls - Ojai
  3. Day 418: Piedra Blanca & Pine Mountain Lodge - Ojai
  4. Day 295: Horn Canyon Trail - The Pines - Ojai
  5. Days 523-524: Camping on Matilija Trail - Ojai
  6. Day 98: Gridley Trail to Nordoff Peak - Ojai
  7. Day 517: Chorro Grande Trail - Ojai
  8. Day 223-224: Willet Hot Springs - Ojai
  9. Day 823: Topa Topa Bluff - Upper Ojai
  10. Day 77: Potrero John Trail - Ojai
  11. Day 816: Flat Rock - Matilija - Ojai
  12. Day 47: Piru Lake to Blue Point - Piru
  13. Day 781: West Fork Camp - Ojai
  14. Day 775: Murietta Divide - Ojai
  15. Day 781: Rose Valley Falls - Ojai
  16. Day 628: Twin Pines - Big Spring - Alamo Mountain - Gorman
  17. Day 48: Pratt Trail - Ojai
  18. Day 11: Two Trees - Ventura
  19. Day 879: Deal Connector - Mine Camp - Dick Smith Wilderness
  20. Day 845: Howard Creek Trail - Ojai
  21. Day 628: Little Mutau Trailhead - Gorman
  22. Day 717: The Back Road to Two Trees - Ventura
  23. Day 650: Arroyo Verde's on Fire! - Ventura
  24. Day 122: Harbor Cove - Ventura
  25. Day 21: Chaparral Crest & Wills Canyon Trail - Ojai
  26. Day 14: Ventura Barranca - Ventura
  27. Day 92: Bubbling Springs - Port Hueneme
  28. Day 817: Pine Mountain - Ojai
  29. Day 777: Botanical Gardens Above City Hall - Ventura
  30. Day 809: Waterfall on side of 33 - Ojai
  31. Day 5: Camarillo Springs Trail - Camarillo
  32. Day 922: Dry Lakes Ridge Botanical Area - Ojai
  33. Day 188: Above Lake Casitas - Lake Casitas
  34. Day 309: Cozy Dell Trail - Ojai
  35. Day 781: Matilija Hot Springs - Ojai
  36. Day 613: Nothing Loop - Happy Valley - Santa Rosa - Camarillo
  37. Day 886: Valdez Alley - Ortega Adobe - Ventura
  38. Day 288: Riverview Trail - Ojai
  39. Day 198: McGrath State Beach - Ventura
  40. Day 247: Santa Rosa Community Park - Lizard Rock Trail - Camarillo
  41. Day 297: Roma Armbrust Wetlands - Oxnard
  42. Day 622: Above the V Loop - Ventura
  43. Day 164: The Bridge at Arroyo Verde - Ventura
  44. Day 160: Two Trees & Beyond - Ventura
  45. Day 106: Oak Grove Park - Camarillo
  46. Day 91: The Dark Tunnel along the Santa Clara - Ventura
  47. Day 28: Oxnard Shores & Hollywood Beach - Oxnard
  48. Day 79: Sulpher Mountain Road - Casitas Springs
  49. Day 615: Ventura River Preserve/Baldwin Road Trailhead - Ojai
  50. Day 189: Ojai Valley Trail - Ventura
  51. Day 167: Hueneme Pier - Port Hueneme
  52. Day 316: Ormond Beach Preserve - Oxnard
  53. Day 49: Foster Park - Ventura
  54. Day 38: Serra Cross Park - Ventura
  55. Day 162: Arroyo Verde Lower Trail - Ventura
  56. Day 62: Mission Verde Park - Camarillo
  57. Day 587: Hike to the 'V' in Ventura
  58. Day 12: Santa Clara River (Petit to 118) - Ventura
  59. Day 166: North of Oxnard Shores - Oxnard
  60. Day 705: Wene'mu Park & Ormond Beach - Port Hueneme
  61. Day 629: Silverstrand - Oxnard
  62. Day 795: Channel Islands Harbor to Silver Strand - Oxnard
  63. Day 809: Failed Howard Creek Trail - 33 Waterfall - Ojai
  64. Day 712: Faria Beach - Ventura
  65. Day 795: Ventura BMX Track - Ventura
  66. Day 557: Bike Path to Ventura Harbor - Ventura
  67. Day 830: Port Hueneme Lighthouse - Port Hueneme
  68. Day 886: Born Learning Trail - Front Street Hobo Trail - Ventura
  69. Day 855: Arcturus Trail - Ormond Beach - Oxnard
  70. Day 916: Spanish Hills Country Club - Camarillo
  71. Day 620: Victoria Tunnel Bike Path - Ventura
  72. Day 593: Hall Canyon - Ventura
  73. Day 774: Buena Vista Vacant Lot Trail - Ventura
  74. Day 76: The Avenue Trail - Ventura
  75. Day 647: Homeless Man Living in Your Backyard - Ventura
  76. Day 161: No Trail Arroyo Verde - David Beckham - Ventura

Top Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains & Malibu

Top Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains & Malibu

Ratings:     Expert     Very Hard     Hard     Moderate     Easy     Very Easy
  1. Day 216: La Jolla Valley - Malibu
  2. Day 876: Fossil, Old Boney, Blue Canyon & Backbone Trails - Newbury Park
  3. Day 192: Tri Peaks/Boney Mountain - Newbury Park
  4. Day 546: Sandstone Peak - Malibu
  5. Day 473: Santa Ynez Falls - Topanga State Park
  6. Day 803: Split Rock - Malibu
  7. Day 399: Rock Pools at Malibu Creek State Park - Calabasas
  8. Day 118: The Grotto - Malibu
  9. Day 4: Hidden Valley Overlook Trail - Newbury Park
  10. Day 61: Backbone Trail to Zuma Falls - Malibu
  11. Day 178: Boney Mountain Wilderness - Newbury Park
  12. Day 70: La Jolla Canyon - Malibu
  13. Day 73: Backbone Trail (Mulholland to Encinal) - Malibu
  14. Day 860: Red Rock Canyon - Calabasas
  15. Day 897: Serrano Valley Trail - Malibu
  16. Day 911: Jimmy Morrison's Cave - Backbone Corral Canyon - Mesa - Malibu
  17. Day 901: Aftermath of the Springs Fire - Malibu
  18. Day 829: Waterfall Trail - Newbury Park
  19. Day 22: Rocky Oaks - Malibu
  20. Day 639: Paramount Ranch - Malibu Lake - Agoura
  21. Day 72: Backbone Trail (Zuma Ridge) - Malibu
  22. Day 632: Century Lake Dam - Calabasas
  23. Day 75: Backbone Trail (Encinal to Trancas Canyon) - Malibu
  24. Day 18: Backbone Trail (Kanan to Latigo) - Malibu
  25. Day 231: Point Dume - Malibu
  26. Day 529: Nicholas Flats & Meadows Trail - Malibu
  27. Day 413: Solstice Canyon - Malibu
  28. Day 547: Scenic Trail Over Great Sand Dune - Malibu
  29. Day 570: Cistern Trail (Long Way to M.A.S.H.) - Calabasas
  30. Day 890: Wood Canyon Vista Trail (Backbone) - Malibu
  31. Hike# 504: El Matador Beach - Malibu
  32. Day 447: Escondido Falls - Malibu
  33. Day 230: Great Sand Dune - Malibu
  34. Day 854: Ray Miller Backbone Trail - Malibu
  35. El Pescador & La Piedra Beaches - Malibu
  36. Day 850: Calabasas Cold Creek Trail - Calabasas
  37. Day 563: Hidden Pond Trail (Pt. Mugu State Park) - Newbury Park
  38. Day 889: Sin Nombre & Sage Trails - Newbury Park
  39. Day 822: Paramount Ranch - Coyote Trail - Agoura
  40. Day 849: Las Virgenes View Park - Calabasas
  41. Day 554: Sycamore Cove - Malibu
  42. Day 465: North Grasslands Trail - Calabasas
  43. Day 924: Zuma Canyon Trail - Bonsall Trailhead - Malibu
  44. Day 899: Backbone Trail - Mulholland to Etz Melroy - Malibu
  45. Day 119: Malibu Bluffs - Malibu
  46. Day 884: Willow Creek Trail - Leo Carrillo - Malibu
  47. Day 195: Peter Strauss Ranch - Agoura Hills
  48. Day 873: Backbone Old Topanga to Topanga Canyon
  49. Day 913: Charmlee Wilderness Park - Malibu
  50. Day 824: King Gillette Ranch - Calabasas
  51. Day 597: Malibu Lagoon & Southernmost Beach in Malibu
  52. Day 882: Backbone Trail Latigo Canyon to Castro Crest - Malibu
  53. Day 534: Malibu Springs Trail - Malibu
  54. Day 556: Bark Park (New Millennium Loop) - Calabasas
  55. Day 848: Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock - Agoura
  56. Day 733: Bachelor House - Agoura Hills

Top Hikes in Conejo Valley (East Ventura Country)

Top Hikes in Conejo Valley (East Ventura Country)
Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills & Oak Park

Ratings:     Expert     Very Hard     Hard     Moderate     Easy     Very Easy
  1. Day 206: Secret of the Arroyo - Newbury Park
  2. Day 67: Paradise Falls - Wildwood - Newbury Park
  3. Day 205: The 400-Year-Old Oak Tree - Newbury Park
  4. Day 235: Simi Peak & China Flat - Oak Park
  5. Day 60: Mid Dos Vientos Trail - Newbury Park
  6. Day 196: Oak Canyon Community Park - Oak Park
  7. Day 86: Arroyo Conejo Trail - Newbury Park
  8. Day 81: Mount Rex - Newbury Park
  9. Day 50: Lake Eleanor - Westlake Village
  10. Day 215: Chumash Indian Museum Trail
  11. Day 446: Conejo Peak - West Lake Village
  12. Day 23: Lizard Rock - Wildwood - Newbury Park
  13. Day 204: Hill Canyon Wetlands - Newbury Park
  14. Day 616: Los Robles Trail - Hillsborough Trailhead - Thousand Oaks
  15. Day 24: Los Robles Trail - Moorpark Trailhead - Thousand Oaks
  16. Day 10: Rosewood Trail - Newbury Park
  17. Day 16: Los Padres Trail - Thousand Oaks
  18. Day 214: Juan Bautista De Anza - Albertson Motorway - Thousand Oaks
  19. Day 100: Grande Vista Trail to Mt Rex - Newbury Park
  20. Day 213: Oakbrook Vista Trail - Thousand Oaks
  21. Day 107: Recreational Trail - Oak Park
  22. Day 17: Cheeseboro Canyon Trail - Agoura Hills
  23. Day 452: Liberty Canyon Trail & Talopop Trail - Agoura Hills
  24. Day 898: Camarillo Springs Fire - Newbury Park
  25. Day 275: Sunset Hills Trail - Wood Ranch Reservoir - Thousand Oaks
  26. Day 51: Autumn Ridge Trail - Thousand Oaks
  27. Day 255: Palo Comado & Modelo Trails - Oak Park
  28. Day 207: Happy Valley & Fairy Land - Newbury Park
  29. Day 634: Fire on the Conejo Grade - Newbury Park
  30. Day 52: Hidden Meadow Trail - Oak Park
  31. Day 283: Happy Camp Canyon - Moorpark
  32. Day 81: Abandoned Car Trail - Rancho Conejo Open Space - Newbury Park
  33. Day 836: Canyon Overlook Trail - Lizard Rock - Camarillo
  34. Day 15: Botanic Garden - Thousand Oaks
  35. Day 459: Phantom Trail - Agoura Hills
  36. Day 239: Truinfo Creek Park & Pentachaeta Trail - Westlake Village
  37. Day 318: Liberty Canyon South - Agoura Hills
  38. Day 65: Triunfo Canyon & Bridgegate Trails - Westlake Village
  39. Day 99: Spring Canyon Trail - Newbury Park
  40. Day 108: Indian Springs Park - Wistful Vista Open Space - Oak Park
  41. Day 330: Sundown Trail - Thousand Oaks
  42. Day 89: Intro to the Arroyo - Newbury Park
  43. Day 257: Westlake Vista Trail - Westlake Village
  44. Day 479: Happy Valley Loop - Newbury Park
  45. Day 9: Oak Creek Canyon Loop - Thousand Oaks
  46. Day 8: La Barranca - Newbury Park
  47. Day 3: Western Los Robles Trail - Newbury Park
  48. Day 423: Outer Dos Vientos Trail - Newbury Park
  49. Day 904: Sedona Dos Vientos - Life After the Fire - Newbury Park
  50. Day 57: Hillcrest Open Space - Thousand Oaks
  51. Day 270: Rock Ridge Open Space - Oak Park
  52. Day 54: Sierra Vista Trail - Newbury Park
  53. Day 635: After the Fire - Newbury Park
  54. Day 832: Alta Vista Trailhead - Newbury Park
  55. Day 710: Highest Peak in Newbury Park
  56. Day 59: Via Vis Trail - Newbury Park
  57. Day 29: Reino & Mountain Creek Trails - Newbury Park
  58. Day 2: Santa Rosa & Lower Butte Trails - Newbury Park
  59. Day 74: Random Hike - Thousand Oaks
  60. Day 708: Old Conejo Road Trail - Newbury Park
  61. Day 638: Hike to the 'A' in Agoura - Agoura
  62. Day 58: Pool View Trail - Newbury Park
  63. Day 87: Dead End Trail - Newbury Park
  64. Day 93: Broken Camera Trail - Newbury Park

Top Hikes in Simi Valley

Top Hikes in Simi Valley

Ratings:     Expert     Very Hard     Hard     Moderate     Easy     Very Easy
  1. Day 739: Rocky Peak Trail
  2. Day 521: Climbing Whiteface
  3. Day 426: Chatsworth Park North (Charles Manson)
  4. Day 669: Trail Blazer Cave - Corriganville
  5. Day 690: Long Canyon Trail
  6. Day 663: Corriganville Park
  7. Day 662: Rancho Simi Community Park
  8. Day 467: Mt McCoy The Cross
  9. Day 691: Challenger Park
  10. Day 676: The Wash from Tapo Canyon to Erringer
  11. Day 712: West Canyon View Trail
  12. Day 444: Alamos Canyon
  13. Day 442: Oak County Park
  14. Day 677: Presidential Library
  15. Day 683: The Wash from First to Madera

Top Hikes in Santa Barbara County

Top Hikes in Santa Barbara County
Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, Santa Barbara, Goleta & Gaviota

Ratings:     Expert     Very Hard     Hard     Moderate     Easy     Very Easy

  1. Day 83: Tangerine Falls - Montecito
  2. Day 852: Big Caliente Hot Springs - Oasis - Santa Barbara
  3. Day 84: Carp Bluffs & Harbor Seals - Carpinteria
  4. Day 559: Gibralter Dam & Devils Canyon - Goleta
  5. Day 90: Gaviota Wind Caves - Gaviota
  6. Day 530: Jameson Lake & Juncal Dam - Santa Barbara
  7. Day 462: San Ysidro Trail - Montecito
  8. Day 13: Montecito Peak - Montecito
  9. Day 767: Knapps Castle - Goleta
  10. Day 111: Carp City Beach to Harbor Seals - Carpinteria
  11. Day 475: Lower McMenemy Trail - Montecito
  12. Day 552: Painted Cave - Santa Barbara
  13. Day 210: Lookout Park - Summerland
  14. Day 677: Carp Salt Marsh
  15. Day 690: Hammond's Meadow Trail - Montecito
  16. Day197: Rincon Point - Carpinteria
  17. Day 202: Lake Los Carneros - Goleta
  18. Day 286: Toro Ridge Trail Upper - Carpinteria
  19. Day 433: San Antonio Creek - Santa Barbara
  20. Day 434: Jesusit & Arroyo Burro Trails - Montecito
  21. Day 928: Parma Park - Santa Barbara
  22. Day 41: Toro Canyon Park - Carpinteria
  23. Day 691: Posilipo Lane Beach - Montecito
  24. Day 920: Searching for Franklin Trail - Carp
  25. Day 146: Santa Barbara Zoo - Santa Barbara
  26. Day 7: Montecito Peak Failed - Montecito

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Red Rock Canyon - Ricardo Campground - Hagen Canyon Nature Trail - Desert View Trail - Dove Springs


Day #578 * Hike #674 * New Track #578
Friday June 15, 2012
Red Rock Canyon - Ricardo Campground
Hagen Canyon Nature Trail - Desert View Trail - Dove Springs
My Tripometer: 1 Hour * 1 Mile * +25 Feet
 
Directions:
From Southern California take the 5 North to the 14 North and follow this all the way past Palmdale, Lancaster and Mojave.  Before you reach the 395, Red Rock Canyon will be on your left.
 
At the front of the park on the side of the 14 Freeway, you have the option to hike the Hagen Canyon Trail.  I got out, took a few steps and then said nah, let's see what else is back here...
 
 Pull into the campgrounds and go for a drive

 Red Rock

 Dove Springs, I didn't hike it

 Imagine how hot it would be here in the daytime!

 The geology is amazing!

 Ideal camping spots, shade!!!

 Looking across the land...

 This would be my campsite, but I would never camp here


 Desert View Nature Trailhead

Heading home to see my wife and sissy :)
 
Red Rock Summary --  In the middle of nowhere with nothing to do.  There were a few couples up here but I wouldn't suggest this place to be a family campgrounds.  If I had more time, I would have liked hiking further on some of the trails but I can't imagine that there is water back there.  The awesome rock formations makes this place a must stop by and see but you are probably okay just driving through it versus getting out and hiking.  Keep the AC on as the temperature tops 100 on the summer days...
 
This officially concludes My Yosemite Vacation.  I intend to return by driving the same loop but next time I will hit up different trails...
 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lake Diaz Campground * Alabama Hills Arch Trail * Russell Sprainhower Park * Lone Pine * Darwin Museum * Adobe Wall * Mount Whitney Restaurant

Lake Diaz

Day #578 * Hike #671 * New Track #575
Friday June 15, 2012
Lake Diaz Campground - Lone Pine, CA
My Tripometer: 45 Minutes * 1 Mile * +0 Feet

 The only shaded spot around the entire lake!

 Another look at this boring dead lake...

I took several other pictures but I did not deem them blog worthy.  It was 90 degrees plus outside and there was no true trail or shade for cover.  Near the front of the park is a boat ramp and a small jungle gym.  Ayden was excited to go on it but bees were swarming and when he went down the slide he burned himself.  We began to walk around the lake and concluded that it was dumb so we walked back to the car to drive to the other side.  Other than the view of Whitney behind the lake, this place sucks!  I suppose if I liked fishing and was looking for a sunburn then I might enjoy it.  I am sure glad we camped at Horseshoe Meadows the night before because I picked Lake Diaz as my back up spot. 

After Lake Diaz we stopped by the large visitor center which is just three miles south of Lone Pine.  There is a huge model of California and it really brings everything we've done to life.  It's worth the visit to see this 3d perspective that you can't view on Google, or this blog for that matter...


Day #578 * Hike #672 * New Track #576
Friday June 15, 2012
Russell Sprainhower Park - Lone Pine, CA
Darwin Museum - Adobe Wall
My Tripometer: 1 Hour * 1.5 Miles * +25 Feet

 Lone Pine Park

 Ahhh, a nice shaded park on the north side of town

We walked into town, it was so hot.  The bar was closed

 Earthquake standing wall

 A museum of reptiles and bugs, pretty neat

Mount Whitney Restaurant

I met my parents at the Mount Whitney Restaurant, but that was later.  Ayden and I were killing time but the dreadful boredom of the town became too miserable.  We walked back to the car and went back to the Alabama Hills to search for another hike...


Day #578 * Hike #673 * New Track #577
Friday June 15, 2012
Alabama Hills - Lone Pine, CA
Alabama Hills Arch Trail
My Tripometer: 1.5 Hours * 1.25 Miles * +75 Feet
 

Directions:
Back to Whitney Portal Road and drive about three miles to Movie Road.  We turned right and shortly thereafter, the road became a dirt road.  Any car may drive across these roads.  There are many alternative ways to go but if you keep your witts, you won't get lost...


 Alabama Hills Arch Trail

The high peak to the left is Lone Pine Peak.  It appears higher than the rigid peaks in the back, but it's not.  Just to be clear, the rigid mountain in the middle is Mount Whitney.  We began to hike along this trail for a minute but it was just too darn hot to make a real journey on it.  Thus, we drove around, stopped often, raced up some rocks and grabbed some pictures for you...

 Rock Owl

 Horseshoe Meadows Road far back on the left side of the pic

 The end of the crazy rock formations

Turning around, time to meet my parents...
 
I hadn't seen my parents in 18 months, since my Cleveland / Washington DC Trip in late 2010.  They planned a trip out west and the closest meet up point was Lone Pine.  Hence, I planned this vacation to randevu with them here.
 
After a decent lunch at the Mount Whitney Museum they checked into a small motel in the middle of town.  It reminded me of a hostle.  We exchanged gifts and then swam in the pool.  For being so hot outside, I was surprised how cold the water was.  However, once we were in it felt great!
 
It was turning to late afternoon and I still had a 4 hour drive back to Ventura.  I love you mom and dad, and this concludes my Yosemite Vacation.  Well, maybe just one more hike in Red Rock Canyon on the way back, but I'll post that later...
 
 

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