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Santa Ynez Canyon Trail
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Santa Ynez Canyon TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2017
Hiking7.54 Miles 1,451 AEG
Hiking7.54 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.09 mph
1,451 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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My main intent was to get back to the Santa Ynez Waterfall since my last time up I turned back just shy of the actual waterfall. There's been significant rain in So Cal these last couple of weeks so I expected the waterfall to be flowing well. Sure enough, there was water in the normally dry stream bed not far from the trail head. On past hikes I hadn't really noticed that the trail crosses the stream bed multiple times because there was never any water flowing. This time there was water. It was only a few inches deep, but I had to find rocks to step across on to keep my shoes dry. Anticipating water I brought along one of my trekking poles to use as a hiking stick to help me balance on the slippery stones, and I'm glad that I did. Even though there was a lot more (than none) water flowing in the stream on the lower part of the trail, the upper part near the waterfall was about the same as in December. But there was water all over the place seeping out of slopes and the dirt trail was moist everywhere. Curious. Anyway, I made it to the actual waterfall. It's about a 16' foot fall that runs down a rock face into a little pond. It turns out that it was only maybe 100' past where I turned around last time.

After seeing the waterfall I took the canyon trail up to Trippet Ranch to get a little workout. Along the way a little mole was on the trail heading towards me. I tried to get a picture, but the little guy kept moving closer and I only got a blurry shot. He was only about 4" long and looked very soft and fuzzy with his little naked mole nose and front paws. I turned left at the nature trail to go to Trippet instead of staying on the main trail and having to hike on the fire road. Lots of people out today.
Broad-footed Mole
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