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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
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LA mountain trails Posted: Sun May 21, 2006 6:38 pm 

I was in LA this weekend visiting my wife's family, and got a chance to do some decent trail running. Maybe I stumbled across some of Rustyboy's favorite haunts? I had to get out the door for my run at 5:30am, because we were headed for Disneyland later in the morning. My in-laws live way up in a canyon in west LA, and from their house I was quickly able to find some crazy-steep singletrack up to the canyon's ridge line. It was cool and foggy at dawn, and I saw a couple of coyotes, birds, and countless rabbits. From the ridgeline I climbed further up towards the summit near "dirt Mulholland", where there's an abandoned WWII-era missile base. Fantastic views all around once the fog started to clear off, and I had the whole place to myself. I could get used to this!

Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
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Re: LA mountain trails Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 9:58 am 

YES! You were probably running in/between Will Rogers State Park and Temescal Cyn. These are a couple of my favorite, closeby spots - that range connects to the Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail, which can take you waaaay the hell out there.

I ran at Griffith Park Saturday morning (just east of the Hollywood sign), and the conditions were the same: Low cloud cover early on, but by noon, it'd burned off and became a picture-perfect day.

It's really addictive when you have access to that level of trails out your front door, isn't it? How long did you run for?


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: LA mountain trails Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 11:58 am 

I was in Mandeville Canyon, which I think isn't far from Will Rogers Park. The trail climbed east out of the canyon, then north to the Nike missile base along dirt Mullholland (?). I followed the road for a while past the base, before doubling back. The whole run was a little over an hour, followed by 10 hours on my feet at Disneyland, so I was pretty beat by the end of the day!

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