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Trail Canyon: Trail Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Trail Canyon Trail isn’t quite as redundant as it sounds. The “Trail” in Trail Canyon refers not to a footpath but to the “trail” left by tiny flakes of gold found in the gravel of the canyon’s creekbed. Turn of the 20th-century placer miners worked the creek, but the “trail” didn’t lead to any riches. The real wealth of Trail Canyon is in its scenery: steep canyon walls that conceal a bubbling creek and a surprising waterfall. During dry months and drought years, the creek is a pokey watercourse, but swollen by rain and runoff it becomes lively, even raging. The path to the falls and to the trail camp crosses the creek numerous times; be careful at times of high water. Beyond the falls, the trail leads to shady Tom Lucas Camp, named for a grizzly bear hunter and early forest ranger."
--John McKinney, Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
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