Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Day 838: Sycamore Canyon Trailhead - Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Authority - Dark Canyon Trail - Sycamore Switchback Trail

A helicopter and plane fly over Whittier's water & radio tower

Day #838 * Hike #1046* New Track #823
Sycamore Canyon Trailhead - Whittier, California
Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Authority
Dark Canyon Trail - Sycamore Switchback Trail
Sunday March 3, 2013
My Tripometer: 45 Minutes * 1.75 Miles * +100 Feet

Mount Baldy in the distance
The Trailhead Parking area...

Not far from: Day 838: Hellman Park, we drove past this trail and then U-Turned.  Hmm, not sure what street this is on but here we are, in Whittier, hiking everything in our way.


This way...

That way...

Not in there...

Keep going...

Easy trail...

shaded in parts...

found this off the trail...

Trail becomes grassy

water below...

There are several spots where you can prance off the main road to find neat little hang out spots like this along the gentle creek.  It's not that all exciting, but then again we are in Whittier.
The Sycamore Trail heads back about 1.3 miles on fairly level terrain until it reaches the junction with the Sycamore Switchback Trail and the Dark Canyon Trail.  We didn't quite go that far, hence the 1.75 mileage we did go or only 0.875 miles each way.
The Sycamore Trail area is essentially the back side of Whittier and the Hellman Park region.  The blogpost picture of the water tank appears to be a staple in this community as you can virtually see this peak everywhere in Whittier, much like Two Trees in Ventura.
Another hiker back there advised that the views up top are amazing.  We had a taste of those views earlier in the day but if the smog ever settles in LA, then I'm sure the horizon would expand to the clear heavens, okay that sounds goofy.  The hiker also said that Dark Canyon is a dead end which leads to private property.
My overall take of Whittier, ah, it's aight.  These trails arn't fabulous but I am happy that they are there.  I have one more hike for this day, it leaves the wilderness behind.  Stay tuned...

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