JULY 23, 2013 – (west of) Malibu

It’s been awhile since I cache hiked with geofriends. Extreme hot weather, family vacations and weekend work schedules kept us apart for a long stretch. On Saturday, 4 of us managed to meet for a hike west of Malibu, between Yerba Buena Road & Mulholland Drive. Four hikers, 4 vehicles. BWidget, Foocachers and I left ours at Yellow Hill West T. H. (GC4FE5V) and EcuaDeb drove all of us a ½ mile east to Tin can alley trail head (GC458M2) to start the hike. Parking is the same as for Leo Carrillo State Beach.
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We knew that the total ascent was 1,600’+ in 2 miles. The overcast and unseasonably cool air gave us a good start. We found a bunch of numbered “Tin Can Alley,” caches along the fire road trail. It wasn’t until much later that I made the mental connection between that name and the Altoids “tin” caches.
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A few non-series caches were a short distance off trail. Feelin’ Loopy (GC46JAB) wasn’t one of those. It was all bushwhacking all the way to reach it. Here are Deb & Bill heading back to the fire road after finding it.
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Instead of the sun breaking through, fog rolled in and kept temperatures cool for the entire hike. No one overheated.
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Our ascent continued for 6 more caches beyond the #12 tin can and ended at this private property sign, 20’ from a huge estate. An unusual cache container Yellow Hill Privacy (GC4GRQ) was there. Too bad that no pills were left inside. I could’ve used one for my crabbiness.
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Half way back down we went west on a seldom used trail and found the Yellow Hill Mtwy series.
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On approach I thought that this was an animal trap. It turned out to be a protective cover for irrigation valves.
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Nearly back to PCH we paused to look at cactuses, palm trees, the ocean and surfers, all at once.
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Here’s a zoom in on the dots in the water. It’s the best that my point & shoot could do.
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It was a rare hike where none of us had previously cached in the area. In exactly 4 hours we logged 28 finds and no DNFs. Bill hid 2 new caches. Thanks!! I hope that the weather and our schedules will allow a few more group hikes this summer.

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2 Responses to JULY 23, 2013 – (west of) Malibu

  1. Siss says:

    I sure wish I could have joined you, but I had the kids! Looks like a fun hike with my favorite people……I sure hope we can all hike together soon after summer vacations are over. Miss you!

  2. Craig says:

    Looked fun. I’m sorry that I couldn’t make it. Looking forward to the next one.

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