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Oct 29 2017
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Rivas Canyon TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2017
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Hiking10.01 Miles 2,561 AEG
Hiking10.01 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.15 mph
2,561 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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First hike in nearly 4 months. Work has been way too busy. It was a very gray and overcast morning which kept it pleasantly cool. I took the Rivas Canyon trail to the stairs that branch off to the right at the top of the ridge to the Goat Peak trail. The cobwebs in the branches along the trail were covered with dew drops and looked very pretty. It was so foggy I could only see maybe a hundred yards ahead along the trail. Finally as I got to the top of Goat Peak I could see some blue sky straight up, but still fog all around. As I kept going the fog started burning off and I could see the ridges to either side of the one I was hiking on. Very few people on the trail and it was very peaceful (other than the high school boys basketball team that managed to get to the top of Goat Peak at the same time I did, but they weren't too noisy). I took the Backbone trail to Will Rogers and then Rivas Canyon trail back to where I started. The trail went back down into the fog as it lost elevation and that cooled it down again. A very pleasant hike.
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Jul 02 2017
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Goat Peak Trail, CA 
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Hiking5.22 Miles 1,720 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   1.88 mph
1,720 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Took Rivas Canyon Trail up to the top of Chautauqua to the Goat Peak trail. It was warm and overcast. Trail was a bit more overgrown than last month, but still very passable. It was much easier the second time up to Goat Peak knowing how far it was. This time I knew to avoid the steep climb to the very first hill along the ridge that I did last time because you have a steep climb back down the other side to meet up with the main trail. I didn't meet anyone else on the hike to the Peak which was nice. But a group of five or six people got to the top right after me and spoiled my solitude. :( On the way down near the bottom I tried the trail that branches off to the right. It looked like it might be a nice trail that just heads higher up Temescal Canyon, but it turned out to be a very steep short cut that wasn't much fun. The side trail ended up just below the debris dam at some stairs made of round tree trunk slices that looked very cool. Now that I know where that side trail goes I'll avoid it in the future.

I really like the trail to Goat Peak. It has more elevation gain than the very crowded Temescal Ridge Trail. From the Temescal Gateway trailhead it's only about a two mile hike each way which is great when you don't have a lot of time but want to get some elevation and enjoy a nice view. I really need to write a description for this one when I have a little time.
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Jun 03 2017
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Rivas Canyon TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2017
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Hiking10.11 Miles 2,458 AEG
Hiking10.11 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.09 mph
2,458 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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When I hiked Rivas Canyon trail for the first time a few weeks ago I explored a spur trail that led to a peak with a nice view. I could see that the trail continued farther, but didn't have time to explore. This time my main goal was to explore the unnamed trail that followed the ridge line between Temescal and Rivas canyons. The trail was narrow and a bit overgrown as a result of the wet winter in SoCal, but it was still a pretty decent trail. I've hiked worse named trails in the past.

After not too long I got to the top of the hill where I turned around last time. Looking towards the ocean it was gray and overcast. It was also overcast around the Temescal Ridge trail to the West. But it was hot and sunny where I was and with the humidity I soon had sweat pouring off of me. I ran into a couple of hikers with a dog and they told me that the high point was not too far from where we were, but it was still a fair way off with several hundred vertical feet to climb. But the high point was my goal, so I pressed onwards and upwards. The last big hill was a killer. There was a section that I had to scramble up near the top, which wasn't bad. But the steep continuous climb at that hill was a challenge, and I had to stop a several times to catch my breath. Finally at the top there is a clearing with a plastic tub filled with lots of random paper and notebooks to sign. The lid of the tub says "You made it!!! Congratulations!!! Goat Peak (High Point); 1729 feet above the sea." From there I was looking down at Skull Rock across the canyon to the West.

Rather than try to climb down that steep trail I continued onward to the North. After about 3/4 mile with several ups and downs I reached the junction with the Backbone trail. I expected a wide, well maintained trail, but it was quite overgrown with tall grasses and blooming mustard plants growing into the single track trail in a few places. There was an interesting shrine that was built to look like a large nest with beach glass, some decorated eggs, rocks with inspirational sayings and a Buddha figure. Fun stuff. It was nearly a 4 mile hike down to the Rivas Canyon trail, and from there another 2 miles to get back to Temescal Gateway trailhead where I started.

This loop route was about 10 miles total. I will definitely do it again, but I think I'll wait for cooler weather.
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Apr 17 2017
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Rivas Canyon Trail, CA 
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Hiking avatar Apr 17 2017
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Hiking9.09 Miles 1,970 AEG
Hiking9.09 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.42 mph
1,970 ft AEG
 
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This was my first time on the Rivas Canyon Trail, and I really liked it! From Temescal Gateway I normally either hike the canyon or ridge trails to get up on top of the ridge to Skull Rock and beyond. But having done that the day before I decided to try Rivas Canyon which goes from Temescal Gateway to Will Rogers State Park. Trail starts out heading up the ridge on the East side of Temescal Canyon. The trail was cool and shady in the morning with lots of tall plants on both sides of the trail. First observation is that hardly anyone hikes this trail, unlike the other trails I normally take that have lots of people all the time (of course it probably helped that it was Monday).

After getting out of Temescal Canyon the trail runs on the South-facing slope above the large reservoir at the top of Chautauqua Blvd. Then it winds down the other side of the hill down to the bottom of Rivas Canyon with lots of switchbacks. The bottom of the canyon was very green and lush. Lots of poison oak everywhere too, so stay on the trail. There are several groves of trees, the first was sycamore trees, then a little farther down the trail a grove of oak trees, and finally a grove of eucalyptus trees. Everywhere was green, and it was pleasantly cool in the canyon. The trail goes behind some houses in the canyon before getting to the entrance of Will Rogers.

Will Rogers has stables and is very popular for horseback riding. I stayed on the main trails which are really big wide dirt roads that are designed to be easy for horses. Next time I do this I'll stay on the single track hiking trails instead. I hadn't been to Will Rogers since I was little, and I didn't want to get lost since I had an appointment to keep in the early afternoon. I followed the Inspiration Point Loop trail up to Inspiration Point which would have been more inspiring if there hadn't been so many flies. But the view was nice. It was a hazy day so it wasn't spectacular. From there back down the rest of the loop. Coming down from the point I passed the junction with the Backbone Trail and stayed right to head back down to Will Rogers. I was worried about time so I cut the loop short by taking the road through the stables which got me back to the bottom quickly.

On the way back to Temescal at the top of the ridge I was doing OK on time and decided to explore an unmarked spur trail that had stairs. I was only going to go for a few steps to see where it led, but decided to go a little farther and a little farther and before I knew it I had gone for 15 minutes and found myself at the top of a hill with a really nice view. From there the trail continued Northward along the ridge line on the East side of Temescal Canyon. I'll have to try that some other time because this time I had to get back. Back on the main trail just before starting the descent into Temescal Canyon there was another unmarked spur trail that I checked out briefly that looked like a shortcut up to the ridge line I had just been on.

I'm definitely going to do this again. This is a great trail that avoids the crowds on the main trails in the area.

When I get a little more time I'll post an official route and write up a description of this trail.
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Lots of yellow wildflowers (mustard, black-eyed-susans, others) everywhere.
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