Posts Tagged ‘Hiking Los Angeles’

Hiking Los Angeles: Fish Canyon, With that New Car Smell

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     Fish Canyon is open, and the waterfalls are flowing.      I want to write that first line in all BOLD CAPS.      Because that hasn’t been said in 30 years.      Fish Canyon, in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa and Duarte, used to be humming with people. Cabins were scattered along the trail […]

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Hiking Los Angeles: Abandoned Dawn Mine

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      There are three ways to hike to the abandoned Dawn Mine above Altadena: the first is closed, the second is over-grown, but the third, in a metaphorical bear sense, is just right.       John W. Robinson, in his book “Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels,” says that Dawn Mine is […]

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California Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains [Part 3]

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Wild Flowers on the San Merrill Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains above Alta Dena. Globe Gilia Gilia capitata (Orange?) bush monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus Indian paintbrush Castilleja Lacy Phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia Deerweed Lotus scoparius Globe Gilia Gilia capitata Golden Yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum Prickly Phlox Leptodactylon californicum

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California Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains [Part 2]

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Wild Flowers on the San Merrill Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains above Alta Dena. Orange bush monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus Golden Yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum Red larkspur Delphinium nudicaule Red larkspur Delphinium nudicaule

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California Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains [Part 1]

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The hills of California are blooming. All of the flowers, 31 pictures in all, over the next three posts, were taken on the bottom half of the San Merrill trail, [link to my blog post on hiking this trail], just above the city of Alta Dena. I have done my best to name some of […]

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California Wildflowers and Butterflies on the Tunnel to Nowhere Hike

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     In the San Gabriel Mountains north of Azusa is the famous Bridge to Nowhere hike. Above this is the lesser known Tunnels to Nowhere hike.      Unlike the Bridge hike which follows the valley, this is cut into the edge of the mountain. Walking along this trail in late May, the normal gray chaparral […]

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Spring in Los Angeles

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        Spring has arrived to the Mt. Lowe trail.         Two weeks ago the trail was quiet, the occasional bird chirped as it flew overhead. Today there is a buzzing that grows and fades with the flowers crowding the path. It’s the bees, humming along with themselves, staring at […]

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On The Road to Poppies: Lancaster, California [Part 2]

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     After we found the cherry trees, I had a better understanding of how the map worked, so we decided to backtrack to the Polaroid house.     “So the house was built by Mr. Polaroid?”     “Yea Mr. Polaroid, the guy who made the film, I wonder if Mr. Kodachrome’s house is around here?”     We had no […]

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On The Road to Poppies: Lancaster, California [Part 1]

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     I woke up Saturday morning with itchy feet. I wanted to get out and do something, something outside, in the sun with life around and about. But I was supposed to sit in front of my computer and edit stories.     My computer screen stared back at me, and I thought of the places I […]

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