Every decent Los Angeles resident has to wear Uggs with shorts, use his own bags for grocery shopping and every weekend wake up at 6 am for a morning hike. Just in case you don’t know, a hike is a walk (or, for those who are sporty, run) in hilly areas. Demanding on stamina and miserable from consistently eating too much cheesecake, a hike can be from 1 to 15 miles long and have many variations of complexity.
Recently one international team of amateur hikers went to explore some places they have never hiked before. The team consisted of an American English language teacher, a Russian photographer and a Turkish student. We expected to see frugal hills and a thin forest, but we stumbled on the beautiful Bavarian landscape, shining like a piece of a jeweled lake framed with spectacular rocky mountains.
This kind of Malibu I like as much as the endless beaches stretching along the Pacific Coast Highway. The very Russian green fields and the dense forests cure my homesickness.
Unlike the rest of my team, I came on time, and while they were still trying to wake up, I was spying on the private life of the inhabitants.
Experienced hikers start their hikes at 6-7am. Improvident night owls who come at 9 or 10 am risk to turning into a well-done steak. The midday Californian sun is very cruel, especially in the mountains.
Can you believe that this is also Malibu?
A couple of centuries ago, this place was inhabited by the Chumash people. Then Europeans came and brought the locals deadly diseases. Nowadays just 280 official Chumash are left. There are some other 1 500 Native American Indians who claim that they are Chumash, but if they were accepted they would have their part of the Chumash Casino profit. Here the real communism comes: every member of a tribe gets his percentage of the local gaming business. I’m sure that there are some European, Latin and even Afro-American people among that fifteen hundred who suddenly found some American Indian blood in their veins.
In 1900 a group of very well-to-do Americans bought a huge piece of land and founded the Crags Country Club there. Flowing in this area, the small creek appeared to be too small for them, so they built a fifty-foot dam and created their own personal lake. Lately the well-known XX Century Fox Company bought all these places and proudly named the reservoir “The Century Lake”. As you may have already noticed, the places is very picturesque. The perfect location for Hollywood Blockbusters.
Try to find a group of cyclists on the next page.
Many movies were shot in Malibu State Park: “Planet of the Apes”, “Doctor Dollitle”, “Plesantville”, “M.A.S.H.”, “Robin Hoods: Men in Tights” and others. Next time I’ll try to reach and make photos of some of these movie places. Malibu State Park includes as many as 15 miles of trails, ticks, rattlesnakes and the Poison Oak plant. If you like horrors, Google the last one. Many scary pictures with the consequences of meeting these beautiful examples of flora will appear.
However there is a lot more good than bad stuff in Malibu State Park. Some amazing trees with silver trunks you will probably want to touch.
Some beautiful “fluffy” hills you’ll want to hug, but this can be little bit more complicated than a tree.
That is why hundreds of people continue to wake up at 6 am even on weekends and hike the amazing Malibu State Park.
If you want to enjoy this beautiful place, set up 27801 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91303 on your GPS. Most trails start from that point.