“A warrior-hunter deals intimately with her world, and yet she is inaccessible to that same world. She taps it lightly, stays for as long as she needs to, and then swiftly moves away, leaving hardly a mark.” — don Juan Matus from Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda.
It’s nearly time for Cat Black, my alter-ego and road warrior, to hit the highway. She’s heading to Southern California and the Santa Monica Mountains. For those of you who’d like to join the ride as voyeurs, here is a potential itinerary, chock full of campsites and trails. If you plan to come along, bring your backpack, sleeping bag, and tent, and make sure you’ve got plenty of journals and pens on hand. I’ll carry the Castaneda paperbacks, all tattered and well-read.
This is Musch Camp. From the south side, it looks like I get there by taking S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (Highway 27) to N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. to Bonilla Dr., Hillside Dr., to Prier Road. From there I can hike the Musch Trail and camp.
From the north side, I can take Ventura Freeway (101), then turn south onto N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (27) and drive south to Bonilla Dr. to Hillside Dr. to Prier Road. Musch Camp There is a building there at the end of Prier Road where 4 cars are parked, so I’m guessing that building is part of Musch Camp and not just private property. From there I can catch the trails — Musch Trail and Backbone Trail.
There are lots of Trails and Parks:
Mulholland Drive to Santa Maria Road to N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. I see a parking area and trailheads. There are parks all along Mulholland Dr. like Franklin Canyon Park. From Mulholland take Franklin Canyon Drive. Looks like there is a parking lot at the trailhead of Toyon Trail and Torrey Pines Trail. The trailhead for Oak Trail is nearby, just off Coldwater Canyon Avenue.
Take the Mandeville Canyon Road to Westridge Trailhead.
Take Mulholland Drive to San Vincente Mountain Park.
Take Westridge Road to the West Mandeville Fire Road to a spot where I can park and hike the West Mandeville Ridge Trail.
Take Bayliss Road to Queensferry Raod to the Sullivan Canyon Trailhead.
El Medio Avenue to El Medio Trailhead.
Visit Canyonback Trail.
Visit the Stone Canyon Overlook off Mulholland Drive. Looks like there is a little parking lot, then I can go hiking.
There appears to be a parking lot at Summer Holly Circle & Woodwardia Drive that may lead to Briarwood Park.
Check out Fossil Ridge Park on Camino de la Cumbre.
To get to Wonder View Trailhead, take Hollywood Freeway (101) to Barham Blvd. to Lake Hollywood Drive to Wonder View Drive.