My blogging buddy Robin (from Life in the Bogs) invited us all to join her on a walk or hike during the week of October 8 – 14. This post is part of “Let’s Walk”.
On Saturday October 13 six of us hiked Segment 7 of the Backbone Trail: from Stunt, Scheueren and Saddle Peak Roads to Topanga State Park.
Background to the Backbone Trail:
- It’s taken more than fifty years to put together the almost seventy mile Santa Monica Mountains ridgeline trail known as the Backbone Trail
- The trail has been converted from fire roads, and old animal paths that became single-track trails, with only the newest sections built to modern trail standards.
- Mr F and I have joined a group of friends to hike the trail in segments.
- I’ve included a link to the six hikes we’ve completed at the end of this post.
- What do I mean by hiking? I live in the United States and use it to refer to “walking outdoors on a trail for recreational purposes“
- In the United Kingdom it’s usually called rambling.
- Australians use the term bushwalking.
- New Zealanders use tramping.
- What term do you use where you live?
We started our hike here:
As you can see on Nick’s GPS we hiked a total of 6.61 miles.
When a guy climbed up onto this “thing” to play his harmonica, we heard his music way down in the valley. It was hauntingly beautiful.
We’ve learned to pay attention when the official National Parks Service site warns hikers that
trail intersections on this segment could be confusing so a GPS unit as well as hiking poles are useful.
We had two GPS units and a map and had to stop and consult them at every intersection.
No dogs. Poor Monty Carlo had to stay home.
Mr F and two others have walking poles. I use my walking stick I bought in Spain when I walked along the Camino.
The National Park Service site lists the Flora of this segment as:
- Chaparral, Steamside, Meadow, Oak Woodland, Bay Tree Woodland.
Inspired by the marvelous faerie exhibition my blogging buddy Barbara of By the Sea saw at The Florence Griswold Museum I secretly hoped I’d see faeries living under the leaves by the side of the path…
But although I looked carefully, I didn’t see any faerie folk, unless they live in a house made of twigs. We saw several nests like this one.
We were supposed to walk past the burned ruins of Paul C. Bragg’s (one of the pioneers of the California health food movement) vacation cabin which burned in the 1993 Topanga fire, but I didn’t see it.
We saw this rock and wondered how it came to have fossil shells embedded in it when it’s on the top of the mountain.
We saw this rattlesnake at the side of the path.
The family of deer enjoying a quiet afternoon in the shade allowed us to come close to admire them…
The horse was more frightened of us than the deer.
Do you remember Julie’s boots which broke on Segment 4 and she had finish the walk barefoot? Her favorite cobbler repaired them – they look brand new.
I’m the one who had boot trouble this time. I brought my hiking boots without the inner-soles, I didn’t check, just assumed I’d left them in the boots, so I had to hike 6.61 miles on the hard shoe bottom. Sheesh I was glad the hike was only six miles 🙂
You can click on any photo in the collage below to see a larger version…
My posts on the previous six segments