Photos from a February 2002 hike at El Sereno Open Space Preserve
(click on any image for a larger view)
Trailhead
Trailhead
Gate
Gate
Climbing through chaparral
Climbing through chaparral
Junction
Junction
Vulture
Vulture
Brief descent
Brief descent
Silktassel
Silktassel
Fire road
Another drop
View south
View south
Trail levels out
Trail levels out
View downhill
View downhill, with the trail ahead visible
Icy
Icy show patch left over from a storm
Nutmeg
California nutmeg
Brief shaded stretch
Brief shaded stretch
Snow
More snow
Back in chaparral
Back in chaparral
A sharp corner
A sharp corner
Buckbrush
Buckbrush
Corner
Corner
Steady descent
Steady descent
Junction
Junction
Fairly level stretch
Fairly level stretch
Very large scat
Very large furry scat, probably from a mountain lion
Manzanita
Manzanita
Live oak
Live oak
     Black sage
     Black sage
     Broom
     Broom
Chaparral plants
California sagebrush, sticky monkeyflower, and chamise
Junction
Junction
Still descending
Still descending
Currant
Currant
Jepson ceanothus
Scrub oak?
Chaparral pea
Chaparral pea
Meadow
Entering the meadow
Blue oak
Blue oak
Meadow
Meadow
Return
Return
Return
Starting the climb back to the mountaintop
Uphill
The climb, with virtually no shade, is not fun on a hot day
Approaching a junction
Just past this junction, you'll face the steepest stretch of the return
View
Heading back to the trailhead, there are views to a western forested ridge
Returning to the trailhead
Returning downhill to the trailhead, with nice views southwest
Back at the gate
Back at the gate





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