This park is about 10 miles north of where I live and lies between the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. The air is always crystal clear, as the coastal fog and inland inversion layer never get to this particular canyon. There are a variety of trails to follow, some strenuous, some not so hard, so I can easily design my workout for each excursion. Last week, I took a shorter, mostly flat hike along the path that heads south from the parking lot and went about a half mile to one of my favorite spots. Some folks like going to the beach and watching the waves; I like watching the oil seep bubble and ooze.
Further down the trail was where the first oil drills in California were placed. There’s more about that in this online history article.
Since I’ve visited here several times, there was only one cache on the trail for me to get: Please Pass The Fork. . .
The piéce de resistance: the oil seep!