Archive for July, 2013

Sierra Club Hike: The Blue Incandescent Hike on the Musch Trail From Trippet Ranch in Topanga Park

My friends and I hiked the Musch Trail from Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park. with the San Fernando Valley Sierra Club. The Musch Trail was named after a Topanga family of war veterans and Trippet Ranch was a weekend getaway for a U.S. District Judge.

The reason this hike is named the blue hike is obvious if you look at my photos. This is what happens when you mess around with the settings on your Android phone in order to take a picture of a neon snail (promo for the movie Turbo) and forget to change the settings back before setting off on a hike.

Somehow I completely missed the Monterey Colonial Revival style ranch buildings at Trippet Ranch, including a skeet lodge, designed by Los Angeles architect  Sumner Spaulding (according to the Topanga Docents) or John L. Rex (according to California State Parks). I guess it could’ve been either or both architects since they were partners.

I imagine this hike is really beautiful in the spring when everything is in bloom. The day we went it was already pretty warm at 9:30 in the morning so the inclines were pretty rough for some of us. Ahem. I was glad that the return part of the loop was all down hill on a wide fire road. I definitely want to do this hike again when the weather is cooler!

There are a few camping spots and nice picnic tables under the trees. The hike description said to pack a lunch. Some people did, but no one wanted to stay and eat. My friend Lori and I already had our sites on Malibu Seafood. Love that place!

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