Hiking Southern California
by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
© 2003 Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Maintain This Trail!!!
We started the hike at 10:30am with the seven dwarves in tow, actually three adults (one a shorty) and seven kids (ages 17-5). It started out great; the hike up to FR-6N06 was beautiful and open with a clear path all the way. But then it took a 180 degree turn. The descent into Martindale Canyon was overgrown and thick. We had to hack our way through the brush and chaparral until we reached a 5 foot drop to the creek bed.
Across the creek was a nice little clearing where we took our first break. I know what you're thinking but when hiking with little ones you need to stop often. After we rested it took us 20 minutes to find what we thought was the trail out of the canyon which turned out to be an animal path so we just kept going up until we reached FR-6N07 on the ridge. All told we went about 1.5 miles and 2 hours out of the way but made it to the ridge. After hiking along FR-6N07 we found the top of the intended trail and decided to follow it down so we could see where we messed up at the creek.
This is where it got real hairy. Broken off trail markers, think brush and a poorly maintained trail had us meandering back and forth until we would pick up pur route and follow it until the next questionable switchback. I think I spent about 30 min of the time crawling under scrub oak and briar thickets; If only I had a Machette and my Fidora I could have played Indiana Jones searching for the dang trail.
Anyway we made it down to the bottom and busted through a heavy wall of brush into our clearing by the creek; safe, now we knew we could get out of there alive. It was about 4:30pm and we were running out of daylight.
We had fun but thick that its time to do some serious maintance on the trail. If you are ever hiking Sierra Pelona and see a bunch of dwarves with shovels and pick axes just start whistling and join the fun.
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