Hill Canyon. Yes, that Hill Canyon. Where the Hill Fire started in November. The canyon trail is still closed only because the bridge across the creek isn't fixed yet. But the trail up the east side of the canyon wall is open, so we hiked up there Monday afternoon. The GREEN which is popping up everywhere is beautiful and healing to the land. Yes, we can thank all that rain we've had for the past week.
Then on Tuesday after having lunch with some visiting family from up north, we hiked into the area where the Woolsey Fire swept through at the same time as the Hill Fire did. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is closed due to the federal government shut down, so the buildings are closed, but the grounds are open for hiking. Specifically, we hiked around the King Gillette Ranch. Yeah, that Gillette. Basically, this ranch was purchased and built from the money King acquired from selling those little razor blades. The ranch land didn't burn, but the areas around it and even across the road did.
You can see the effects of the lack of personnel caring for the property.
Leaves Every Where.
We hiked up to Inspiration Point, about 180 feet above the area where the house is.
(notice the cars and the white trailers in the picture above? That is probably a movie photo shoot.)
I zoomed in and took this photo of the Gillette Ranch House from the top of Inspiration Point.
And a shot of Inspiration Point from the front lawn.
Both of these hikes weren't more than about two miles each, but they included some steep hills and so much beauty!