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Meadows/Mathis Loop (A golden standard)

IMG_0611I finally recovered 100% from my illness this past Sunday. To celebrate, I set out for a ten mile hike (approximately), with a little running, in Aliso and Woods Canyons. Crowded Park. Lots of hikers, bikers, runners. I didn’t mind the lack of solitude one bit. Total miles traversed: 9.68 (approx. 15.6 km) with about 1,200’ of elevation gain (366 m).

My photo diary --

Heading out on Aliso Canyon Trail behind a group of hikers:IMG_0617IMG_0620IMG_0622At the Aliso Canyon / Wood Canyon Junction where I turned off to hit Meadows Trail:IMG_0623Boots on the ground (not really boots) on Meadows Trail which looks brown and not quite “meadow-like” yet:IMG_0627Some more of Meadows, the easy part – it’s going to get difficult here in a bit . . . IMG_0634IMG_0637Starting the climb up Meadows (looking back on the flatlands):IMG_0638And the climb begins . . . IMG_0643And continues . . . IMG_0644

IMG_0647And continues some more . . . IMG_0650A little reprieve:IMG_0652Ah, look at the view down into Aliso Canyon (Saddleback Mountains in the distance):IMG_0660Just a little bit longer . . . IMG_0667At last, at the top of Meadows Trail (And it’s only 1.5 miles long with much of it relatively easy! The tough part is tough for me). There’s Modjeska and Saddleback Peaks in the distance – a sight that gives me a sense of peace and calm. IMG_0675View of Pacific Ocean from the top of Meadows Trail:IMG_0684Heading out of park (by Top of the World neighborhood in Laguna Beach):IMG_0687Officially leaving Aliso/Wood Canyons Wilderness park. Look at that magnificent home at the border of this park with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean!IMG_0689On the path behind Top of the World neighborhood that leads to the streets:IMG_0690Once out of the park, there’s about a one mile walk to Alta Laguna Park where I catch West Ridge back into the park. This antenna has always amazed me:IMG_0699Parking is also scare here, as it was at the ranger station entrance:IMG_0702Re-entering Aliso/Wood Canyons Wilderness Park:IMG_0704Feet back on dirt along West Ridge:IMG_0709Heading down Mathis Trail:IMG_0712


Finishing up Mathis Trail:IMG_0720Back in Wood Canyon:IMG_0725


A nice route – challenging enough, mainly toward the beginning, but not enough to kill me. Peaceful (even with all the other people on the trails that day) and also safe. This loop has been a standard of mine for a long time.

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Meadows/Mathis Loop (A golden standard)


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