It's been a long while since we have done this beautiful hike (pics at the bottom) along a well-maintained trail that begins just across the street from the beginning tip of Lang Ranch Park. It begins with 5 short switchbacks in shaded oak as we begin to climb, then straightens out for about another mile with continuous elevation gain until we reach a junction. From there we'll go UP a short but steep distance to the top of the hill to check out the night view, then retrace our way back down to the junction where we'll take the other direction along a single track trail for another half mile until we reach a clearing by an outcropping of sandstone rocks looking downward toward the Albertson Motorway fire road.
After a brief rest we'll go back down by the same route to where we started. Make sure you bring a headlamp or flashlight, as it will be dark for the entire hike.
Distance: 3.1 miles out and back
Elevation Gain: 850'
Difficulty: Strong beginners should be ok, but hard otherwise.
Dogs: Yes, if leashed, per state law.
Sunset: 4:44, so we're starting in darkness
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes; slip and fall on some slippery, loose rocks.
Directions: Do NOT make the mistake (as some have in the past) of driving all the way to the end of Lang Ranch Parkway to a different trailhead. This trailhead at the very BEGINNING of the park. Look at the location link above. From Westlake Blvd turn East into Lang Ranch Parkway and follow it a half mile (?) or so until you see a park on your left. The trailhead is right THERE, but on your right. Look at the picture below of the trailhead.
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That sandstone in the distance is our destination.
This view will be the highlight of your hump day.
I cannot think of a better way to end the day.