With several new caches in Chivo Canyon, I’ve had my eye on this hike for a while. I enjoy this area. The trailhead is only a few minutes from my house and in no time at all, I can be in the “wilderness.”
After parking around the corner and walking down the street from the trailhead, you decent stairs into a flood control basin. This is what it looked like today. If there is any rain, this entire area is very muddy. Foos’ Foos Simi Beach View is just on the edge of the photo on the upper right.
There aren’t a lot of flowering plants left. The few that are blooming are getting the full attention of the bees.
The Simi Oil Seep is lightningstar‘s new Earthcache. The first time I saw this oil seep, it was quite small. I thought some jerk had changed his oil in the dirt. On my next visit, it looked more like it does today. Lots of oil. I started to submit an Earthcache here several years ago. Got hung up on the “Land Manager Permission” requirement. I couldn’t identify who to speak to. I’m glad that Mike got it published. By the way, an oil seep is where oil comes out of the ground all on it’s own.
Sticky Monkey Flower
After hiking along the eastern ridge of the canyon, the trail descends to a spring that runs most of the year. The narrow canyon is full of green at the spring.
I completely zoned out and didn’t take any photos of the areas near Wasnt Foo and Pass The Sulfur. Wasnt Foo is located near a creek that smells like you could light it on fire. Walked by this one on the way up because my attention was on the other side of the trail, but I got it on the way down. But not too easily. I started by first looking exactly where the cache is hidden. But that didn’t keep me from looking for another 10 minutes everywhere the cache wasn’t. Pass The Sulfur is in a small oak grove. All the grass in the grove is already crispy. I’ve already decided that I’m coming back next winter when it’s green.
After Pass The Sulfur, I turned and backtrack to the trail junction that leads up the hill to Forgetful Blue and to CITO out the old and bring in a new cache. The CITO cache is located near the two bushes on the ridge at the top left of the photo. You can also look down into the canyon from this spot to see the elevation changes that this hike requires.
This is the way to the top of the ridge. After that, it’s kind of a roller coaster trail–steep ups and downs all the way to the road. There are a bunch more caches on this loop, but I already had the others. Today was just a clean up adventure.
5.8 miles, with about 1500 feet of elevation change.
It’s a very nice hike. However, I recommend doing it when the hills are green and the grasses are still soft.
The canyon is quite dry. I have an entry for a Chivo Canyon hike in June 2009. It’s here: https://geocraig.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/chivo-canyon/
I think today was drier than mid-June 2009.