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Hike 2 of #52HikeChallenge

Hike 1 of #52HikeChallenge

52 Hike Challenge

Last year, or maybe the year before, I took up hiking. Once someone told me that hiking is just walking, it seemed much more like something I could do. I live nearby to many COSCA trails, so one day I parked by a trail head and started walking. Eventually I figured out where to find the trail maps, and I bought better shoes, and added gear like hiking poles and a fanny pack that holds a first aid kit and water bottles. Hiking became a part of my routine. It was easy to hit the trails a couple times a week because I worked from home with a flexible schedule.

In October, I started a new job and now I work mostly in the office. My hiking, and fitness in general, has languished by the wayside. I missed the mental aspects of hiking as much as I missed the physical aspects, so I joined the 52 Hike Challenge for 2020. I can do one hike a week, and I am going to try to do a new trail each time.

Lang Ranch Open Space

My first hike of 2020 was on New Year's Day. I chose a trail close to home. I have hiked Autumn Ridge Trail a few times, but mostly taking the Sunrise Trail loop. This time, I mapped out Alapay Trail so that I could add a new leg to my loop. At least I thought it was new leg until I was on it and realized I had hiked it before. Starting at the Autumn Ridge trail head, Autumn Ridge Trail is mostly uphill and Alapay Trail is mostly downhill. One thing I learned hiking last year is that when you live in the midst of the Santa Monica Mountains, the first mile of every trail is uphill.

Trail map.

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Aerial view.

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This is a view of Autumn Ridge Trail taken from Alapay Trail. You can see the tiniest glimpse of Bard Lake through the cleft in the hills.

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Facing the other direction on Alapay Trail, I wondered what that even higher trail was. I think it is Meadow Vista Trail.

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I took this picture to remind myself to check out Rocky Incline Trail on the map to see if I could work it into a future loop.

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Over a year later, there are still remnants of the devastation of the Woolsey fire.

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This grove of charred oak trees on the Albertson Motorway near the Chumash Center survived the Woolsey fire. Green leaves sprout from the blackened branches.

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Future Hikes

In Lang Ranch Open Space, I would like to do the following hikes this year.

Long Canyon Trail* - Sunrise Trail - Woodridge Connector* (loop)

Long Ridge Trail* - Meadow Vista Trail* - Rocky Incline Trail* (loop)

Oakbrook Vista Trail - Sandstone Hills Trail* - Vista Point* (out and back)

*new trails

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