Trail from the Crypt
This Black Friday, while sale-seekers are doorbusting their way through Wal-Marts and wallets, it may behoove you to take a step back and appreciate LA’s calmer vistas.
Like, say, Black Star Canyon: one of our favorite hikes — even though it may be haunted.
Ghost stories abound: a group of Tongva peoples were slaughtered here by fur trappers in 1831. A homesteader was murdered in 1899. And in the ‘70s, a school bus crash claimed the lives of almost everyone aboard.
Those howling Santa Ana winds that roll through each night? Spirits, of course, courtesy all the above.
The trail runs a gorgeous 15-mile stretch of the Santa Anas, passing a 50-foot sandstone waterfall and some stunning vistas (not to mention some ominously bullethole-ridden “No Trespassing” signs) en route to the ruins.
You’ll climb a mile above sea level and behold one of Cali’s only intact coastal ecosystems, thick with native plants, bats, deer and frogs. And as a protected landscape, the area is accessible only to foot traffic and mountain bikers.
For those looking to impart the natural history to the kiddies, get a guided trek from the Santa Ana Mountains Wild Heritage Project.
As for ghosts, you’ll have to check it out yourself. Happy shopping.
Main image credit: Paul Bredow
Body image credit: Pat Durkin
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