Hiking Upper Canyonback Trail (Encino, CA)
Hiking Upper Canyonback Trail (Encino, CA)

The Upper Canyonback Trail is located in Encino, CA, in the Santa Monica Mountains. In short, it’s a gorgeous view of the Los Angeles and Hollywood area. Just driving to the trailhead, we drove past multi-million dollar homes. I was even hoping to bump shoulders with a celebrity. I saw a few people on the trail, but who knows.

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Running the Pacific Crest Trail at Willow Springs
Running the Pacific Crest Trail at Willow Springs

Recently I ran the Pacific Crest Trail at Willow Springs. Last year, I explored the Pacific Crest Trail in San Francisquito Canyon. Since then, I always seem to go to San Francisquito Canyon since I’m”comfortable” in that section. But I thought it would be fun to check out a new section. Willow Springs is much more open, and you can see close to 100 miles in the distance. It’s filled with wind turbines and small uphills and downhills. For 10 miles, I got about 1500 feet of elevation change.

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Running Little Green Valley Trail (Running Springs, CA)
Running Little Green Valley Trail (Running Springs, CA)

While in the San Bernardino National Forest, I wanted to check out a new trail. I stumbled upon Little Green Valley Trail when everything else seemed to be closed for a mountain bike race. It was fine, and I didn’t want to do anything “too intense.”

Spoiler: The 500+ feet of climbing in 2.4 miles on the Little Green Valley Trail is actually fairly intense.

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