Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hike #5 The Grotto Trail

It has been a busy month of December, so it feels good to get back to hiking and back to blogging.
I took one week off from hiking and last weekend I had the opportunity to guest blog for Hiking Trips Report and you can check out this post here also if you like.
Here is that post in greater detail, enjoy.
Today's hike takes us, just North of Malibu California, to the Circle X Ranch and the wonderful Grotto trail.The Grotto Trail is a relatively easy 3 mile out and back hike with an elevation gain of about 700 feet. It took my son and I just over 2 hours to enjoy the hike and explore what the grotto had to offer.
So we begin.
Here is my Partner on the easy to follow trail.

Unfortunately there was no water in the creek at the beginning of the trail, because this would have been an awesome 20 foot waterfall. Here are some cool rock formations. Some nice fall colors in the Santa Monica Mountains. Here is our first water sighting on the hike. After some minor rock climbing we made it to the grotto.I am starting to realize that this hiking thing is not as bad as I thought it would be. Next up on our list of hikes is the Tarpits Park hike in Carpinteria, Ca.

Happy Hiking