Trip report

Let's Make a Deal

Backpacking DATE: 03/18/2017 - 03/19/2017

Trip/Event Location: Los Angeles, CA
US

Trip Leader(s): CJDGO

Meeting Time: 7:00 AM

Max # People: 6

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: Yes, but only to cover shared expenses, and I too am paying

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:
Trip Report/Photos
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Whenever I hike the hardscrabble country of the Dick Smith Wilderness, I can't help but think of that jarring movie from 2007 "There Will be Blood" in which Daniel Day-Lewis stalks and murders his way across the southern Los Padres wilderness. This is the landscape where that tale would have unfolded: crumbling hills where the desert meets the coast range, gnarled oak trees, quail scurrying in the chaparral, and weird mineral seeps hinting at a bonanza of oil under the ground.

A foray into weird and little-traveled Deal Canyon was forced upon us as a Plan B when we found out that our initial choice on Manzana Creek was inaccessible due to recent landslides. This winter has been a rough one on the Los Padres National Forest, with floods and landslides after years of drought shutting off key campgrounds and trailheads. So our choices have been few and far between lately.  We've been overlooking Deal Canyon for years now, so now was the time to make it happen.

But our usual troupe of hikers had a fine new addition in our new friend, Ulric. We teased him along the hike, saying that because he was a "virgin" to our local hiking scene, there would be a blood sacrifice over the campfire that evening. He took our ribbing with a smile, but we soon discovered that our threats were all too accurate. Thanks to the abundant wild roses growing along our trail, we were all lashed with thorns and doing some bloodletting by the time we crawled into camp.

It was all worth it, though, because our reward was so rich: new terrain to explore and new and old friends to enjoy it all with.

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Members That Participated

CJDGO

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Phoenix, AZ


United States

Attended
HikerMark

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Palm Springs / Los Angeles, CA


United States

Attended
uelizino

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Los Angeles, CA


United States

Attended
HuTcHoO

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


West Hollywood, CA


United States

Attended
mbros4162

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Los Angeles, CA


United States

Attended
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