Topanga is my go-to hiking place. Plenty of trails with varied landscapes – if you want to walk inside woods with narrow curvy paths, choose Musch Trail; if you want some quick elevation then opt for Eagle Rock Trail; or if you prefer loops, you can start on one, merge on the other. There are other trails here that I want to try – Santa Ynez & Parker Mesa Overlook are on my wish-list.
Eagle Rock is a 6 mile trail on a dirt-road with moderate foot traffic.
Dirt road leading to the final destination – Eagle Rock
Spotted! I have been having lot of luck seeing deers in the evenings around here.
More information: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/eagle-springs-loop-trail-backbone-trail
Ojai is a magical small town about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles with plenty of options to hike, bike, go horseback riding. Spending few days here was the perfect escape. I started off with an easy trail (just around 2 miles point to point or 4 miles out and back) with splendid views of the hills.
Trail and the valley
I had my first sighting of a snake on a trail. Apparently, they don’t hurt humans.
Here’s a final picture of the beautiful valley seen from the trail.
More information: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/shelf-road (It says 3.4 miles out and back but it felt more than that)
Saturday morning adventure started with a hike in Topanga. There are quite a few trail options from the state park and some of these end up at Eagle Rock. I chose Musch Trail because I have been wanting to hike on trails with narrow paths and more shade.
More information: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/musch-trail
I like this trail mainly because it feels like a trail with its curvy small paths winding in and out of woods
Panoramic capture of the beautiful view
You can make this trail a loop by starting on Musch, going up to Eagle Rock and then take the fire-road (or the other way around).
Pretty wild flowers
Eagle Rock junction
I stopped here and turned back because of the heat (spring is here!). Eagle Rock is 1.5 miles further and it offers some wonderful views. And yes, its definitely on my to-blog-about list :)