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Santa Ynez Canyon Trail
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Santa Ynez Canyon TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2018
Hiking10.16 Miles 2,038 AEG
Hiking10.16 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.64 mph
2,038 ft AEG
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As usual the bottom of the Santa Ynez Canyon trail was very shady and cool. The tall grasses and plants were encroaching on the trail in places, but it was still easily passable. Also there was lots and lots of poison oak growing in the shade all over the bottom of the canyon. I definitely kept my eyes down on the trail as I was walking instead of looking all around because I didn't want to accidentally step off the trail and end up in the poison oak. It was a relief when I got to the switchback that starts the climb out of the canyon and into the sunny trail up the ridge. Lots of lizards all over the place. Also lots of butterflies which seemed to be attracted to my day-glo yellow HAZ shirt. The bright HAZ shirt also got comments from some of the hikers I passed ("Hey Arizona!" "Grand Canyon!" and "Camelback!").

After getting up to Trippet Ranch I decided follow the East Topanga Fire Road back towards the South for a couple of miles towards the Parker Mesa Overlook. This was the last major trail section in the area that I hadn't hiked, and now I can check that off. The fire road was not very exciting and had quite a few people since it was a nice day. I followed the fire road to the junction to the spur that goes to the Overlook, then I turned back. I thought about going to the Overlook, but it was a bit hazy and the view wouldn't have been very special so I skipped it. On the way back I turned off the fire road at the interpretive nature trail near Trippet Ranch. A California King Snake crossed the trail and disappeared into the underbrush before I could snap a picture with my phone.

All in all a great day for hiking. It was pleasantly cool with an occasional breeze. Lots of different plants in bloom.
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