Just weeks after the Cedar Fire, shiny red and green leaves were unfolding from the root crowns of laurel sumac shrubs. Wild cucumber vines raced out of the barren ground, entangling themselves in the standing black skeletons of the larger shrubs. Most of the large coast live oaks in the reserve stood their ground as the flames roared through, and they stand as statuesque as ever today. The first route, good for hiking and mountain biking, begins at the west end (dead end) of Horsemill Road, off Mountain View Road, 1 mile northeast of the main crossroads of Crest. Walk into the Crestridge reserve and pass a visitor information kiosk reconstructed after the Cedar Fire. The second option, better for hiking only, leads to a spectacular vista point on the west side of the reserve.
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