Cautious as I am, I printed a park map off the internet since I had only hiked one trail here before.
Needless to say, take water and you will absolutely need hiking boots because the terrain is very sandy/slippery.
There are many inclines like this one, about 45 degrees.
The most gorgeous view of Santa Cruz Island!
Finally! After 4 years of living here, I get a photo of the Twin Trees. 😀
Turned out the shortcut wasn’t a trail. Just barb wire and loose gravel.
View of Oxnard in all its industrial glory.
I should not have climbed up this incline without a plan to get back down. About 65 degree inclination.
At some point you realize the map is wrong and the trail marks become irrelevant.
Breathtaking isolated field of purple lupin.
If they can share, we can share.
I think I came out the wrong exit.
This would be the correct exit.
If you are going to climb all the way to the top, I really don’t recommend going alone.
You need at least one and a half hours to go around the difficult trail going at a moderate pace.
If you get lost, ask yourself: what would Bear Grylls do in this situation? Then start to undress and use your clothes as tools.
All images © Ave Valencia 2014