Weekend L.A. Hiking Itinerary: Malibu Creek State Park

This Saturday, we woke up early and headed up to Malibu Creek State Park for our latest hiking adventure.  Though we had actually meant to take the Talepop trail loop, we ended up on another trail entirely.   This wasn't a bad thing.  The out and back route we ended up taking started out in open grassland, but soon began to follow the creek bed through some lush and shaded terrain.  It wasn't difficult hiking and there was enough scenery to stave off boredom throughout the hike.  Highlights of the trail included the gorgeous Century Lake and the patch of park where Robert Altman shot some scenes for M.A.S.H.   Evidently, Ronald Reagan's old ranch site is on the trail too, but we turned around before we got there. 

Here's a picture of me expressing my regard for supply side economics:


Here's Jessica at the M.A.S.H. filming site: (Trapper John not pictured)


Century Lake…


At any rate, we can certify Malibu Creek State Park as being worth your weekend time.  Here's more of what the Parks Department website has to say about the place:

Just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the park features hiking, fishing, bird watching and horseback riding opportunities.  There are 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands an chaparral-covered slopes.  Twenty-five-mile
Malibu Creek in the park is the principal water-course of the Santa
Monica Mountains – from Boney Mountain to Malibu Lagoon.  The
park was the center of Chumash Native American life for centuries and
was once used to film numerous movies and TV shows…