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.
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.
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.
Instead of the sun breaking through, fog rolled in and kept temperatures cool for the entire hike. No one overheated.
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.
Half way back down we went west on a seldom used trail and found the Yellow Hill Mtwy series.
On approach I thought that this was an animal trap. It turned out to be a protective cover for irrigation valves.
Nearly back to PCH we paused to look at cactuses, palm trees, the ocean and surfers, all at once.
Here’s a zoom in on the dots in the water. It’s the best that my point & shoot could do.
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.


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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