Hollenbeck Canyon: West & Above (8 photos)

After Joe showed me a terrific spot with beautiful oaks in Hollenbeck Canyon’s western part in January (color, black & white) I returned for a loop hike, connecting the route that Jerry Schad describes with the trail that he showed me.

This time, I didn’t make photos of the part of the canyon that I already knew from a previous visit (in March 2011) but instead hiked all the way up, where the trail connects to the Daley Ranch Truck Trail (an old dirt road). This is actually a part of the old California Riding and Hiking Trail – idea-wise a predecessor to the Pacific Crest Trail, but it was abandoned in 1974. Parts of the trail still exist today, of course.

From this trail junction I decided to hike a little bit further up until I reached a “high point” with some Eucalyptus trees. From there, one has nice views into the western part of Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, and further south towards the Jamul Mountains and San Ysidro Mountains.

From my vista point I followed the Daley Ranch Truck Trail back down towards Jamul Ranch, which lead me to the oak hollow mentioned above, and allowed me to conclude a nice loop of about 6.5 miles (10,5 km). When I started my hike it was only partially cloudy but clouds were increasing throughout the afternoon and the cloud cover was pretty solid when I returned, providing an interesting mix of conditions, and a lovely play of light on the hills.

Here are some color photos – a couple more in black & white follow in a separate blog post.

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