Sunday, June 3, 2012

Santa Anita Canyon Hike

Here are a few photos from our Memorial Day hike. We hiked about 14 miles in the Santa Anita Canyon, located in Sierra Madre, CA. Super green, lots of shade, butterflies everywhere, a quiet creek and a 50 foot waterfall. This hike has it all! For more information about the hike, here is a link: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/SantaAnita_4472.asp



We enjoyed beautiful views...


Sheer cliff walls...


And creepy crawlies.. yuck.


There are many detours you can take from the main loop trail. 


There are tons of places to hop and scramble over. An enjoyable hike, but not too easy that you don't feel challenged. 


There was also a little creek that ran quietly through the forest.


My favorite photographer. :-)


Sometimes, the landscape would just flatten out to show beautiful vistas of flowering green. 


It was fun trying to capture butterflies. 




Not literally, of course. 


We found an odd fruit growing beside the trail. Saw some squirrels eating it, so it must be edible, somewhat. 


Love this photo. It almost doesn't even look like Southern California. 


I haven't seen a Tiger Lily since I hiked Mount Whitney so many years ago. Love them. They're so pretty...


We saw a fat lizard, just sunbathing on a rock. We got real close to him, and he didn't even flinch. 


Little white flowers growing on the forest floor...


As we were nearing the end of our hike, a Korean lady came by with a dragon fly on her hand. It apparently just landed there. 
And no, that's not the lady's arm. It's Rick's. She passed the bug onto us. :-)


So naturally, we took a gazillions pictures. 


The little guy was very photogenic. 


Nothing beats being outside and getting some dirt and sun on your face. 


And bumping into a couple of cute, smelly wet dogs.


Amen!


When we reached the end of our loop, we decided to hike up to Sturtevant Falls. It was another 1.25 miles.


I thought I saw a trout jump up out of the water. But he disappeared. 


Over the river and through the woods...




To Sturtevant Falls we go!


We made it! It was a beautiful little spot. 















Well, we hope you enjoyed the pictures! The Santa Anita Canyon Loop is definitely a must for  any outdoor enthusiast. If you're looking for a good workout out, you'll get it here too. We basically crawled up to our car after hiking 14 miles. Our leg muscles screamed the morning after, but you know what they always say: No pain, no gain!


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4 comments:

  1. Looks like a blast! Those are some great pictures! Great post!

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    1. Thanks Dustin! We appreciate you reading.

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  2. What beautiful finds, especially that green fruit! Looks like you two had a lot of fun, thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jess! We both love hiking, A LOT. Still don't know what that fruit is.

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