Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Topanga State Park-Fire Road 30 & Eagle Spring Fire Road

Los Angeles is not the first place that springs to mind when someone says "trail running heaven." The longer I live in Los Angeles, though, the more I recognize that we are truly blessed with a wealth of trail-running riches.

Perhaps the largest of these is the vast network of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Thanks to multiple contiguous public lands, it's possible to do a point-to-point thirty-mile run without touching pavement or leaving the city limits.

One park within the National Recreation Area is Topanga State Park. That's where I headed last Sunday, to do a 15-miler on Fire Road 30 and Eagle Spring Fire Road. I began at the Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park, the trailhead at the top of Reseda Boulevard, then headed west on Dirt Mulholland to Fire Road 30. At the intersection known as "The Hub," I proceeded down Eagle Spring Fire Road, then turned around for a 15-mile round trip.

It was a gorgeous, overcast day. Enjoy the photos!

A view to the west from Dirt Mulholland, looking toward Fire Road 30.

The variety of plants gives each hill a slightly different color.

More hills, these seen from Fire Road 30, heading south.

A short rise, climbing toward The Hub, and the formation I call "Corvid Rock."

"Corvid Rock," so called because of the huge ravens that perch on its heights.

Descending the Eagle Spring Fire Road: gorgeous views of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Eagle Rock. Haven't seen any eagles here (yet) but the view is great!

See you on the trail!
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Blogger Sarah said...

Nice trails! In the past year I've discovered more trails in my area than I knew existed. Its true, sometimes you just have to look and you will find. : )

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