Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: Bizarro Bulldog Loop
The normal route of the Bulldog loop follows Crags Road along the narrow canyon cut by Malibu Creek. Then using Bulldog Mtwy fire road it ascends the broad ridge in the upper center of the photo to Castro Peak Mtwy and the Castro Crest.
Google Earth image comparing the powerline route (yellow trace) and the normal route up the Bulldog Mtwy.
I don't want to think that someone tried to paddle Malibu Creek in this canoe during the February 2017 flash flood! Note the flood debris against the trees.
Early morning sun on the rock formation above the M*A*S*H site. The temperature was a chilly 24 degF.
Toyon, aka Christmas Berry, along the Bulldog Mtwy fire road.
Running to the end of the lower power line service road.
The gap in the power line service roads is between the bottom two towers. The tower on the skyline is at Castro Peak Mtwy fire road.
Other than the thick brush, the main impediment to linking the lower and upper service roads was the approximately 50' dirt and rock headwall in the center of the photo.
To the left of my route the condition of the headwall was as bad as it gets -- loose, eroded and beyond dangerous.
On top of the headwall. Now all I had to do was a "little" bush whacking to get to the tower. The tower is at the end of the upper service road.
Just about through the brush and to the upper service road.
The bottom of the upper power line service road.
Rock formations along the upper service road. Bulldog Mtwy can be seen in the background.
Elephant Rock, on the Backbone Trail, east of Corral Canyon.
Bigpod ceanothus (Ceanothus megacarpus) is usually the earliest of the Ceanothus to bloom in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The HUGE boulder atop McAuley Peak -- named for author, naturalist and conservationist Milt McAuley.
Sycamores along the connector to the Tapia Spur Trail. Brents Mountain is in the distance.
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