Los Padres NF, Alisos Canyon Loop, 2018

A friend of mine came down to visit for a weekend to escape the heat, so naturally that leads to a need to hike! With the marine layer happily settling into the "June Gloom" I thought that somewhere over the pass would be nice. After finding that the road was closed and that the parks pass wasn't accepted for parking (must write a letter...) we went back to the Alisos Canyon loop. I hadn't been back there in over 10 years, last time crossing a flooded river whisking rocks around knee deep water. But it was wonderful, sunny, not hot, and seeing the winds push the clouds over the tops of the hills in the distance. A beautiful wide open ridge with views of the river and the striated rocky mountains beyond. The trail not washed out this time, we could do the whole loop. Another reminder of why these are some of my favorite mountains...the variety that they have, the colors of the rocks, the great vistas, the pretty oaks and streams...they may not be high, glaciated and snowcapped, but they have variety and character and change things up every couple of miles. It's almost like they just know they need their variety to show off and make us fall in love with them. Showoffs!

The Photographs

Picutres were from the a900 system with the 24-70 lens.

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