February 11, 2015
Chula Vista, CA
Hollenbeck Canyon is located about 24 miles from the Chula Vista KOA...an easy drive on the 805 north, east on 94, and a right turn in Jamul, CA onto Campo Rd. What beautiful country that is! Rolling hills and large green meadows graced us on both sides of this county road as we drove along...I could feel the excitement building!
This trail is a 5 mile loop through Hollenbeck Canyon.
Leaving the parking lot, the trail took us through a grassy meadow. We were surrounded by quietness...the sweet sound of silence. Then, as we crested a rise, eyebrows raised and jaws dropped as we walked right into...
a trail lined with majestic live oak trees. Cool shade, leaves rustling, and shadows looming meant we walked a little slower looking for birds, twisted limbs, and sun leaves.
A nice break in the shade...
Lesson here is "don't give me the map unless you want to get lost". After 3/4 of a mile or so out,we realized this was not the loop...a decent hike, but not the loop.
Our hiking legs are still not quite what they used to be. Alot of the "oops!" was a washed away, slippery steep incline section of trail used by bikers mostly.
We turned around, took our time on the decent and didn't have time nor energy to finish the loop.
|Our trail back...|
And there's Pearl...until next time, take care and...
We went home a different way via Otay Lakes Road and had a nice walk along the shore of Otay Lake.
Have a great week!