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2020/04/02 13+ Mile Hike From Top of Montebello Road to PageMill and Back
π 2020-04-02 01:01 in Hiking
We've biked up to the top of Montebello a couple of times (pretty tough bike ride), and I've also driven up multiple times, it's a fun drive in the mclaren, and only 12mn from home to the top if no one is in my way :) I had been thinking about going across to PageMill one day, but have yet to do this.
That said, I figured we'd drive up the top, hike across, so we did. Unfortunately there is no legal parking up the road, there is a "reserved" parking lot, but it's behind a locked gate to stop people like us from hiking from the top of the road :(

in the meantime, I used a perfectly good parking spot, outside of the sign saying no to park there
in the meantime, I used a perfectly good parking spot, outside of the sign saying no to park there

We took a few pictures of the bay from the top:







I used my oregon 700 to track the hike, and got a nice track (click on it for a zoomed version)

Time for the hike:



this cute hungry bunny was there both times we walked by
this cute hungry bunny was there both times we walked by

from Montebello, it was easy to get to the top of black mountain
from Montebello, it was easy to get to the top of black mountain

FAA repeater which I've used while flying
FAA repeater which I've used while flying

We eventually got to the beginner backpacker camp, which was closed for covid-19 of course. A bunch of turkeys were roaming around:





We found a bit more wildlife, the deer were pretty skittish though:





interestingly, there are more squirrels in our yard that we found there
interestingly, there are more squirrels in our yard that we found there

jennifer found a nice hummingbird
jennifer found a nice hummingbird



Nice flowers:








The trail was pretty nice:



by the time we got to skyline/pagemill, it got more foresty
by the time we got to skyline/pagemill, it got more foresty

getting to the Pagemill/Montebello parking lot
getting to the Pagemill/Montebello parking lot





We ended up getting to skyline, and crossing over to horseshoe lake:




It was then time to get back to the Montebello trail back. I didn't quite plan for the elevation change, turns out we went down about a thousand feet before going back up:




trail back up
trail back up

On the way back, we found our same little bunny, it was easy to recognize due to the neutering clip in the ear:



Eventually we made it back to the parking lot that is nicely closed to the regular public:



All in all, it was a 5.5h 13.5 mile hike, a bit more than planned with the extra loop I added, but worth it:



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