Sunday, April 3, 2011

Photo Essay: Temescal Gateway Park

I had my first visitor this week, and I was so excited, I took a day off from work so we could go hiking together.

I've been feeling a little cooped up. Especially since the weekend weather hasn't been so great, and I've gotten soaked in the rain more than once.

But Thursday was HOT and SUNNY, and the perfect day to go exploring a location a bit more far-flung than Beverly Hills. In fact, we drove all the way out to Pacific Palisades, to climb a trail that would give us views of a canyon, a waterfall, and the ocean.



It was really green and grassy...



...with even some ruins...





...and other vestiges...



...and a lot of water...



...including a creek whose original crossing has fallen apart, leaving us with no recourse but to walk the plank.



In fact, much of the steep trail appeared to be an old river bed, rock-lined with natural mortar, and hard to climb.



We followed the sound of rushing water until we reached a waterfall...



...and the iconic footbridge...



...and we just kept climbing...



...and climbing...



...until the big payoff: a summit peak with views of the Malibu beach, the Pacific Ocean, and Catalina Island.



As we climbed down and passed oncoming hikers, climbing up the same way we were going down, we remarked that we were glad we'd gone up the Temescal Canyon Trail and down the Temescal Ridge Trail facing the view, because otherwise we would have missed all the gorgeous scenery, looming behind us.

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