China Flat in Oak Park

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It was Mother’s Day. I assumed most of the people would be busy with Mother’s Day brunch that morning. Great time for us to be on the trail! There are two trailheads. We began the hike from Lindero Canyon Rd. The trailhead was easy to spot and there was a plenty of street parking available.

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It was quiet and peaceful. We had the trail to ourselves. I could only hear birds singing. It was a delightful morning.

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The rocky terrain was fun to climb and the early morning’s gentle sunrays generated an inspiring and creative energy.

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After 1.5 miles, the trail came to a split. The trail on the left leads to Simi Peak. It was clear that the trail to Simi Peak was not maintained. It was hiding under outgrown shrubs. I didn’t want to risk a snake bite so I turned us around and took the short rocky trail on the right to China Flat instead.

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This was a quick fun hike with a rewarding view at the top. Be sure to check out the video I posted on Instagram.

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Good To Know:

  • Hike date:  5.8.16
  • Trailhead: 34.193600, -118.775292 (copy/paste to your GPS app)
  • Distance (RT):  3.1 miles (5 km)
  • Elevation gain:  965 ft
  • Free street parking, no shade, no restroom


Happy Hiking!

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