I saw a flash of brown through the bushes on the trail ahead. I stopped as a deer emerged from a switchback. The doe was walking slowly up the trail with her mule-like ears turned back toward me. I said something like, “Where are you going?” She turned toward me and stared quizzically. As I … Continue reading Chumash Trail Mule Deer
Was that thunder? I warily eyed the dark clouds over the mountains and pondered the situation. I was about halfway to the top of the Chumash Trail and was planning to run along the crest to Rocky Peak. The run had started in short sleeves and sunshine, but it was pretty obvious that wasn’t going … Continue reading Running Between Raindrops: Chumash Trailhead to Rocky Peak
Instability associated with an upper low resulted in some pop-up showers and thunderstorms today. As I ran up the Chumash Trail on the east side of the Simi Valley I kept a close eye on a cell that developed near Ladyface in the Agoura Hills. That cell didn’t track as much to the east as … Continue reading Chumash Trail Clouds and Sun
Another startling chaparral color is the red of scarlet larkspur (Delphinium cardinale). From this afternoon’s (warm) run up the Chumash Trail to Rocky Peak Road in Rocky Peak Park.
What the… Until I saw the water bottle and that the person was talking on a cell phone, I wasn’t sure what I was seeing. Then there was the rattlesnake — well actually, the two rattlesnakes! Here’s an video snapshot of one of them. This is an average size Southern Pacific rattlesnake. Because of our … Continue reading Category Is: Things Found on the Chumash Trail
It’s now been 17 days since there’s been measurable rain at Downtown Los Angeles (USC). A trace of rain was recorded on a couple of days, but for the time being a big blocking ridge has shut the door on Pacific precipitation. So far this January, only 0.58 of rain has been recorded, which is … Continue reading Chumash Trail Green
The out and back trail run from the Chula Vista parking lot on Mt. Pinos to the top of Mt. Abel is one of the best “short” mountain runs in Southern California. Most of the run is on the Vincent Tumamait Trail — a technical single track trail in the Chumash Wilderness in Los Padres … Continue reading Chumash Wilderness Trail Run
Pleasant run on the Chumash Trail this afternoon. Despite its small size, the scarlet flower of Indian pink (Silene laciniata) is easy to spot along the trail. Indian pink is a member of the carnation family, and although not as ornate as its cultivated relatives, there is a clear family resemblance.
Mountain bikers working up the 2.6 mile Chumash Trail. Simi Hills and Simi Valley are in the distance. This section of the trail was burned in the Sesnon Fire in October 2008. Here is a Live Browser View of a GPS trace of the Chumash Trail. Related post: Chumash Trail Training, Chumash Trail – Sesnon … Continue reading Hammering Up the Chumash Trail
Rocks and snow at the top of the Chumash Trail, near its junction with Rocky Peak fire road, in Rocky Peak Park. From Thursday’s run in the snow.