Six of us, plus a very happy Monte Carlo, hiked segment four of the Backbone trail on a very hot day early in April.
A few items from Edith’s email describing the hike:
- the total hike will be 7.9 miles
- include some moderate uphill and downhill portions.
- hike time of four to five hours.
- Dogs are allowed on this segment.
Monte Carlo loves hiking. When he heard the last item he was the happiest dog in Southern California.
When he realizes that we’re going on a hike – he knows somehow by sniffing out the window – he gets awfully excited in the back seat, and as soon as the car stops he wants out! I should take a video of him racing up the steep hills pulling Mr F holding the leash.
On the official website there’s a note of caution:
There are many road crossings and many intersecting trails in this section of the Backbone Trail. Use a good GPS or a good topographic map for this section.
Hiking poles are recommended due to ascents and descents on the trail.
Our little group were well equipped with a good map, a GPS and poles.
It was the first time Mr F and I tried out trekking poles.
Neither of us slipped or fell so we highly recommend using them.
I was concentrating on using the poles correctly, that I didn’t think of stopping for a photo op, but if you look carefully at the photo below you’ll see Mr F is using his poles.
The Flora of segment four – according to the National Park Service website:
The trail crosses brushy chaparral covered slopes then dips up and down through shaded stream cut canyons and Oak Woodlands.
We came upon a large volunteer work crew working very hard on this hot day to clear the vegetation around the path.
Mr F and I plan to join them one weekend.
And finally …
The rattlesnake in the photo below was laying in the sun in the middle of the path terrifying a young couple who came running back to us hoping we knew something about snakes.
Julie identified it as a young rattlesnake.
It’s taken so many years to put the all the trail pieces together mainly because private landholders weren’t interested in negotiating with the National Park Service.
You may not believe me if I tell you that Los Angeles – the city where the automobile is King and Queen – has many cycling enthusiasts?
Early in the morning when we drive to our meet-up places in the canyons, we share the road with bicycles.
Oh dear, I’m still so backlogged, we also walked segment five last month, but this is long enough.