I took this long hike with BWidger, GeoCraig, DonJ, Albackore, OLdweeb, tozainamboku, and RobbDogg. Yep, EMC and the 7 Geoguys.
We parked cars at the beach at the south end of Sycamore Canyon, then drove up to the trailhead for Sandstone Peak and Inspiration Point. The first leg of the hike was about 1.5 miles, all uphill, but on a good trail. We stopped to gawk at the horrible Sylmar fire that took many houses and covered the San Fernando Valley in smoke and soot.
Here I am at the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains with the new guy, Albackore:
It was a bit windy up there:
Sometimes the trail looked like this:
Sometimes it was an eerie, magical place:
Even the trees made this creepy music!
Looking back from whence we came:
Our lunch spot:
Hm… I think there’s a cache over there!
Here’s a topo of our epic walk, courtesy GeoCraig:
Two of the caches on the list
checked a couple more off a local challenge cache.
Santa Monica Mtns History Adventure
Finding a cache that’s been there 7 years has a mystique about it. Henry’s through here!
(photo by toz)
OK, we walked around the formation….
BWidger got this shot of me and the previous photographer with the Buddha’s Belly cache.
For more fabulous photos and pithy commentary about our hike, please visit the blogs of GeoCraig, OLdweeb, and RobbDogg!
I have so much to be thankful for, not the least of which is that I’m able to hike 14 miles, especially in such wonderfully diverse scenery. I have fantastic friends, both old and new, with whom I can go on my adventures. I have many more places to go and caches to find.
I wish you all a fun-filled and food-filled Thanksgiving!