Last Friday, I finally made it to Aliso canyon I have been wanting to go to for some time now. It was HOT but the people were super friendly - even the guy I ran into who was taking a pee. Ha! I ran about 1 1/2 miles on a main paved road (no idea what it was called) to get to the trails.
I decided I wanted to see dripping cave so I went to that site first.
It was really cool.
I decided I wasn't quite done so when I noticed a trail leading out of the other side of the little cave clearing I took it. I wanted to see if I could do a loop somehow. When I got to the end of the trail there was the option between oak grove and mathis trails but I couldn't tell from the map which would provide a loop around. Luckily, an older gentleman who had stopped to take a leak saw me perusing my trail maps and asked me if I needed help. He told me that if I went up Mathis I could go left (he stressed left) at the end of the trail at the top of the world and take Meadows back down.
So up Mathis I went - I did NOT run. I walked the entire way up that trail. I was super glad I brought my camelback. On the way up I ran into another older man riding up the trail on a bike and he told me that indeed meadows would make a loop and take me back to the right parking lot. As he was leaving me he shouted back "Stay to the left! Did you hear me? Do not go right!" I started to get a little nervous about accidentally turning right since everyone seems very adamant about NOT taking the right. :)
The Sea :)
When I got to the top I made sure to go left and I ended up at a little park I began to search for meadows trail. I was already 4.5 miles into my "8 miles" and the last trail was really intense so I was getting a bit tired. Eventually I ran into another man who told me that I should turn around and go the other way because the meadows trail was about 4 miles down a regular road and was really hard to find. After I got to the trail he said it would be another 4 miles back to the lot. I was a bit bummed out because I really wanted to do a loop. However, the guy told me that I could take Car Wreck to Oak Grove and end up back at Dripping Cave. So I decided to take his advice and I went back to Car Wreck and ran down that trail.
It was a steep single track! Really fun! I was running along and then out of nowhere a random car emerged from the trees. It was weird so I snapped a lot of pictures.
Lucky for me the trail did end up back at the correct trails to take me to my car.
It was a beautiful place. The people were very friendly and helpful too.
Cool snake I saw.
I ended up doing a little more than 9 miles. Awesome place. :)