On Saturday, February 13th, I hiked up Las Llajas Canyon and down Rocky Peak Road and placed 20 caches along the way. [One cache won’t be approved–density issues that can’t be resolved with the reviewers. ]
The route I took in 11 miles and a very nice like. There is also an option of returning to the beginning trailhead on foot by descending the Chumash Trail. I’m not sure of the mileage of this route, but it’s a true loop. I have 2 Bookmarks on gc.com that list all the caches along each route.
Saturday’s hike couldn’t have been nicer. The weather was perfect. The recent rains sprouted the grass so there were carpets of new green grass everywhere.
To keep track of my new caches, I decided to name them in alphabetical order. If you are trying to do the California ABC Challenge, doing all 19 caches will get you A through T, minus the R cache that wasn’t approved.
I had a couple of caches that I needed to find in Las Llajas Canyon and I was 1 for 2. Guardian Toad – Ivan was my first DNF of the day. I had more DNFs along Rocky Peak Road in the afternoon.
I enjoyed the clean, green new grasses. They don’t last too long in the Simi Hills, so Saturday’s hike was especially nice.
There is a junction just beyond my Fungus cache. Left is a private road; right begins a steeper climb up the hill. These old windmill is at the junction.
There is evidence of the oil industry history of the area. I assume that most of the roads in the area are left over from the oil exploration days.
Hiking this route clockwise affords you with many views like this–up the hill. The best direction is really a matter of personal preference. How do you like your UP–all at once or over the length of the hike. The clockwise direction spreads the uphill over the hike and then the final segment is a steep drop. I think I prefer this direction.
There weren’t a lot of blooms out, but this was a nice sight.
At I Am the Eggman, I DNFed the cache after coming nose-to-nose with this rattlesnake.
Here is the list of the caches that I placed Saturday. tozainamboku and AWEMM got up early Sunday morning and started grabbing FTFs at 6:00 AM. They found all the caches that I placed so that was a good check on the accuracy of my coordinates.
Along the Way to As Far As I Wanted to Go
Behind the Fossils
Caching Las Llajas
Doing the Loop
Going on an Geocaching Adventure
Hoofing it Up the Hill
I Can See Snow on the Topa Topas
Keep It Up
Looking Toward SFV
Making It to the Top
Not Much Around
Pile of Rocks
Quiet, But for the Wind
That’s My House
I enjoyed placing the caches. I hope you come by and enjoy finding them. It’s a very nice area for a good hike.