Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 468: Sullivan Canyon Trail - Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park

A dozen of these birds flying around the neighborhood

Day #468 Hike #529 * New Track #477
Saturday February 25, 2012
Sullivan Canyon Trail - Brentwood, California

Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park
My Tripometer: 2 Hours * 3 Miles * +400 Feet

Skylar is first to the Trailhead

From the 405 Freeway, exit on Sunset going towards the beach, turn right on Mandeville Canyon, left on Westridge Road, left on Bayless, and left on Queensferry Road.  The trail begins at the end of the road (there is very limited parking; we took the last available spot on the street.

 Take the paved road down the steep hill and then cross the puddle

 Welcome to the wilderness

 This is an easy mountain bike trail

 About a quarter mile from the car, the swing will be off to the right

 3 minutes further, another rope swing!

This dude was making noise so I looked up.  Where am I? 
(Never seen these birds in the wild before)

 Ayden locked up in a Tree Jail
This is where he belongs :)

 Not much elevation change for the first mile
(Other than the initial drop in)

Crossing the gentle creek

At about a mile or so in I noticed that we began to climb slowly.  The elevation grade was no more than a couple percent.  We were getting close to exiting the canyon, I think, but the trip became too long for the wife and kids.  Just as we started to show signs of a good workout with elevation increase ahead, we turned around :(.  It started out so promising too; with the seings and birds - even the cool houses in the neighborhood.  But, my family doesn't really like hiking!  Sucks for me!  --  This is a cool place!  My first ever visit to the Canyonback Wilderness.  There are plenty of trails in the area to choose from.  I will return and I will try to convince the wife to take a bike road along this one...

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