While there are no redwoods nearby, there are some pretty decent substitutes for everything else we enjoy. Verdugo and Griffith, out nearest parks offer up a getaway while not being far away, and have some pretty impressive views:
AllTrails showed me a multi-waterfall trail only twenty minutes from home. Interestingly, it was located in the high desert. While most people said it was dried up, a few lucky folks found water right after the storms. It had been a few weeks, but I was hopeful. I wasn’t expecting Oregon-style waterfalls, but a southern California style waterfall would bring me some joy.
I took the exit off the 14 freeway and stopped in the park-n-ride parking lot which was the only thing I could see to the right of the off ramp. It wasn’t until I got out of the vehicle that I saw had I just gone around some cars, I could have parked in the proper lot for Whitney Canyon.
The reason I seldom do canyon hikes it that it usually involves starting at the top of a mountain and descending into the canyon, which ultimately means that I have to go back up—after I’m already tired and worn out from the rest of the walk. I prefer to start at the bottom, so that should either Tucker or I tried out, the way home is all downhill.
Whitney Canyon is gracious enough to start and end on the canyon floor. There are some ups and down, but nothing excessive.