Hiking China Flat

It was early evening on a hot day in May when I headed out with my two friends and two dogs to see the last of the wildflowers on the China Flat trail.

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The hills were still green from the winter rains. The peach and pink mountains created a lovely backdrop for the green and silver scrub.

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The hike started out with a gentile rise that gradually grew steeper. We would be going up to an elevation of 1,081 feet.

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As we rounded the bend, the mountains gave us some much-needed shade. Mornings or early evenings are good times to hike this trail because it can get very hot.

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We were starting to break a sweat from the climb; the shade felt good. My two Maltese were also very happy to cool down.

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I wasn’t long before we were greeted by an oasis of yellow wildflowers, natures rock garden!

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As we traversed higher we began to get a good workout. Hiking is a great way to keep your heart healthy. My friends and I were beginning to see some amazing views of Oak Park.

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It was about here where one of my dogs put the brakes on and stopped to rest. After a few minutes, I picked him up and continued on.

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We came across some yellow-orange Monkey flowers. I paused to admire their natural beauty.

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Hiking in nature always refreshes my mind. The panorama was stunning up this high, looking over towards Agoura Hills!

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On the way down this lollipop shaped trail, we saw more wildflowers, like this pretty Wild Lilac.

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The hike up China Flat is 4.1 miles out and back. This trail in Oak Park, California, is a good one for beginners, if you go at a leisurely pace, and it offers lots of natural beauty to entertain your eyes along the way.

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Happy trails, Linda

 

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth the heights of the mountains are his also. – Psalm 95: 3-4

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