JULY 3, 2012 – La Jolla Canyon (PMSP)

As the weather heats up our hiking options decrease to those close to the ocean. This time we chose the La Jolla Canyon loop in Point Mugu State Park. From the paved parking lot at the Ray Miller trailhead, 7 of us started up the wide trail into La Jolla Canyon. Here’s Kenyon, the elder Foocachers, at the gate.

We hiked a counter clockwise loop with a short side trip. After 7 hours our GPSrs averaged just over 10 miles at the end.

“It’s mostly flat,” going N toward the waterfall.

At the waterfall, the trail shrinks to a narrow, steep single track. The picture is the top of where the falls would be if it wasn’t completely dry. Also we didn’t see the big scallop fossils that some of us remembered from past hikes. I hope that we just missed them and they weren’t broken off and stolen by fossil hunters.

The single track soon turned back into a flat trail along the E end of the valley. Does a bear **** in the woods? Apparently so.

Finding caches on the way, we turned E and literally ‘walked the extra mile’ to the Guadalasca/Overlook/Backbone Trail to find some newer caches, including an FTF and 2 new BBT caches. Here’s Tri-Peaks, Boney Mountain to the E.

Kenyon & Bill signed FTF for our group: Bee Leed Bleula On the Guadalasca (GC3PCXN). Along the S part of this side trip we were almost run down by a crazed mountain biker going downhill at super speed. We also saw and heard a hiker down far below shouting in an unknown language and blowing a whistle. He didn’t respond to our shouts back and he was still walking so we decided not to call 911.

Back in the valley, we crossed paths with the shouting/whistling hiker. He was with a big group. They didn’t really speak English but they weren’t in distress. So we continued, walked through a nice empty campground and found more caches. One was at a major intersection of trails. No one objected when it was suggested that we turn S here to cut through the middle of the loop. There were fewer caches along this route but it was a shorter distance back to the parking lot.

The way back… We confirmed a missing cache for its owner who then archived it that night.

The Laguna Peak Tracking Station stood out to the W.

We reached the beach overlook. EcuaDude took my picture. See! I was really there.

The ocean breeze was especially cool and appreciated at the Southern end of the loop. Here’s EcuaDeb, BWidget, sissopolis and (the elder) Foocachers. Foo (the younger) had walked far ahead and EcuaDude was off to the side admiring the view. Out to sea it was juuust foggy enough to hide Catalina Island.

Even though we were very close to the top of the waterfall again, the trail led back inland 0.3 miles before it crossed La Jolla Canyon back onto the single track to the falls.

My extra 40 lbs caught up to me in the last ½ mile and I reached the parking lot 15 minutes after everyone else. Depending on who’d been in the area previously we found between 21 and 40 caches.

It’s becoming a tradition on our group hikes to go for drinks and a meal afterward. Nearby Neptune’s Net was completely jam packed with a line out the door. So we ended up at Ladyface Alehouse at Kanan Rd & the 101. The food menu was limited but everyone found something to eat and there were no complaints.


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