The Group--Courtesy of Robb
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Today the Geo-Connection did a great hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. There were 8 of us: Bill, Craig, Don, Elin, Jeff, Ken, Marty, and Robb. We started by parking on PCH at Sycamore Canyon, then shuttling to the trailhead via Yerba Buena Road. We started hiking at 8:20 a.m. The hike begins with a 1000′ climb in about 1 mile from the parking lot to the top of Sandstone Peak.
The Santa Ana winds were blowing hard, keeping the temperature up and the humidity low. Also, the smoke from the fire in Sylmar was blowing from Sylmar to to sea.
Sandstone Peak is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. It isn’t sandstone at all, but the remnants of a volcano that is about 16 million years old. Sandstone Peak is 3000′ high. Back in the day, it was over 10,000 feet.
The hike was long, but a very nice one. I appreciated the patience of the other hikers with my slow uphill speed.
There weren’t too many wildflower blooms this time of year. The laurel sumac was starting to bud with nice coral-colored mini flowers. While the grasses were all dried, the sumac, red shank, and scrub oak kept the hillsides green.
I picked up 20 caches along the way. I hiked the Backbone part of the trail 18 months ago, so I have some of the caches along the trail already. The group also placed 3 new caches that we will count after someone get the FTF. Because I had to get to a meeting, I had to miss the last few caches along the way. But that is just a good excuse to go back to this nice area.
Here is a list of the caches that I found today:
Thanks to all the participants today. It was nice to share the trail with you.
Here are some photos that I took along the way. It see a larger version, click on the photo.
North from Sandstone Peak
Jeff (albackore) on Sandstone Peak
Ken and Jeff along the trail
The group logging Inspiration Point
From Buddah's Belly
Along the trail
Split Rock--The site of Henry's Cache
Approaching Taking it to the Next Level
Entering Serrano Valley
Here are some links to some of the others blogs/photo pages:
BWidget’s Flickr set
OLdweeb’s Dweeb’s Diatribe
Robb Dogg’s SoCal Peakbagging