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2016-10-01  
Reseda Eagle Rock Loop, CA
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Reseda Eagle Rock Loop, CA 
Reseda Eagle Rock Loop, CA
 
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2016
astrobrewer
Hiking8.51 Miles 1,781 AEG
Hiking8.51 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.81 mph
1,781 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Normally I'm on the West Side, but I happened to be in the San Fernando Valley so I decided to hike the North end of the Temescal Ridge Fire Road. The northermost segment of the fire road from the trailhead at the end of Reseda Blvd to the Hub Junction was the only piece that I hadn't logged. Now I've hiked all of Temescal Ridge from the Palisades to the Valley.

It was about 4 miles from the trailhead to Eagle Rock via The Hub all via boring fire road. I was going to continue past Eagle Rock and loop back to the Hub, but I saw a sign for the Garapito Canyon Trail near Eagle Rock that indicated that it was just 2.5 miles to Temescal Ridge Fire Road. That was a lot shorter than the loop around Eagle Rock, so I went for it. This trail was a single track with a soft dirt surface that ismuch nicer to walk on than the fire roads. There was a sign at the beginning of the trail that said no bicycles. I saw more bicycle tire tracks than footprints, but I didn't encounter any other hikers or bikes. Garapito Canyon Trail traverses along a generally north facing slope and slowly winds down to the bottom of the canyon. There is a lot of shade from trees and plants growing over the trail which made it very pleasant. After two miles the trail gets to the bottom of the canyon and the dry Garapito Creek. It must be very pretty when there's water flowing. Then the trail rises on the other side of the canyon which is on a generally South-facing slope that gets a lot more sun than the first part of the trail. Eventually it meets the fire road. The trail continues on the other side of the fire road as the Bent Arrow Trail which leads to the the dirt Mulholland Drive. was a nice alternative to returning on the fire road. I am a sucker for a loop trail. This one got back to Mulholland pretty quickly coming out about a half mile East of Reseda Blvd.

When I get a chancel I'll enter descriptions and routes for these trails.
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