Ready for another short hike with the dogs?
On Monday, my son, the dogs and I went to Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center, CA.
It was a 30 minute drive from my house, and a 2 mile out and back hike into a Hellhole Canyon Preserve, where the seasonal creek, Hell Creek flows. This late in the year there was no water, but it sure was gorgeous.
We started off on the opposing hill, and will make it down to that trail below.
See the green valley with those giant Live Oak Trees? The mountain behind with all the boulders is called, Rodriguez Mountain.
Let’s go! Penny, the small dog is in the lead, followed by Luna and my son. Meika, my other dog is off the trail in the bushes. She prefers to make her own trail, but is always within calling distance.
The yellowish trees in the valley are Sycamore Trees.
We followed the switchback trail into the trees!
We came across this rock wall that was built many years ago from the looks of it. Penny is so tiny she had to jump on it to see down into the valley.
This is what she saw. Can you spot the cave? Almost dead center.
You hear about the fires in California all the time. In 2003 and in 2007 this area was burned. The wildfires go through so quickly that some of the giant trees survive. Enough to look like this now. Not bad huh? The first to come back after a wildfire is the bushes and shrubs. Some are made to come back and grow very tall, seeding in massive amounts only after a fire.
Sycamore Trees in light yellowish green framed by a giant Live Oak Tree made for a pretty scene.
Big boulders dot the area.. You can see the part of this tree that got too hot and did not survive.
The younger smaller trees did not make it. This picture shows a bee as well. Photo bombed by a bee!
Meika running under that same tree… See, she is with us, just not always close.
Luna comes back to check up on the slow poke. She is ready to go farther into the creek area.
The tree above has black bark as with most of the old growth trees. This is from the fires.
It’s just right there!
I finally caught up to the group again, now it’s time to go explore a bit closer.
Look for the rest of this post,Titled Hell Creek coming soon!