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.
The hills were still green from the winter rains. The peach and pink mountains created a lovely backdrop for the green and silver scrub.
The hike started out with a gentile rise that gradually grew steeper. We would be going up to an elevation of 1,081 feet.
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.
We were starting to break a sweat from the climb; the shade felt good. My two Maltese were also very happy to cool down.
I wasn’t long before we were greeted by an oasis of yellow wildflowers, natures rock garden!
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.
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.
We came across some yellow-orange Monkey flowers. I paused to admire their natural beauty.
Hiking in nature always refreshes my mind. The panorama was stunning up this high, looking over towards Agoura Hills!
On the way down this lollipop shaped trail, we saw more wildflowers, like this pretty Wild Lilac.
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.
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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