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Wildwood Canyon Park
JOURNAL : January 17, 2009
|Series||Hiking Wildwood Canyon Trails|
In the afternoon we headed up to Wildwood Canyon for a mellow hike into the Verdugo mountains. During a hot day Wildwood Canyon is shady and cool, but this evening we decided to take to the trails that rise above the canyon. It's a pleasant stroll, so we brought Windsong the German Shepherd dog.
Wildwood Canyon Entrance
Verdugo MountainsView All Sizes
To the left of the entrance is a trail that offers a quick elevation gain with immediate views of adjacent De Bell Golf Course and the city of Burbank beyond. As the trail climbs, the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles become visible in the distance.
On the right and nestled in the canyon near the road is a set of buildings labeled Burbank Police Department. We watched as an officer climbed up onto one of the buildings and fired at a target embedded in a mound of gravel. A police helicopter responded to the shots by circling the valley for a couple minutes.
Downtown Los Angeles in the DistanceView All Sizes
The trail is slippery at times and shoes with good tread are recommended. Although not a particularly dangerous trail, my smooth worn sneakers made me concerned I could go sliding off the trail, especially on the jog down. To catch myself I grabbed one of the many rough-hewn handrails and got an inch-long splinter in my hand which speared two fingers together. Without my handy Swiss Army knife I had to rip that damn thing out!
Burbank and Los AngelesView All Sizes
As the sun set over Hollywood, a warm glow spread over the land and gave the return trip a pleasant euphoria. Had we ascended earlier we would've crested the nearest peak. Instead we simply captured it on film and headed back, thoughts occupied with making chicken burritos at home. See, we've got that seasoned chicken we need to cook, and some salsa fresca. Avocados? Check! Queso? Si. Lechugo? Por supuesto. Oy, we need to grab some flour and corn tortillas...
Oh yeah. Check out Wildwood Canyon if you have a chance.
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January 17, 2009
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