Hiked the Ontario Ridge Trail that divides Shell Beach and Avila Beach today, just to give you inlanders a chance to see the ocean. It is 2.8 miles in length, which as a rule is pretty easy. This one, though, has a some rather steep inclines. I started on the Sycamore Crest Trail that begins on the grounds of the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, a great place to go to soak in a secluded hillside hot tub heated with water from a volcanic hotspot below. Note: the sign at the trailhead said “Sea Crest Trail”. A few pics.
Looking to the right is Avila Beach. Just love those clouds.
On the other end you’ll find Shell Beach.
In between is the clothing optional “Pirate’s Cove”. Many a gawker has met their demise here trying to get a peek from the bluffs above.
Along the way are the fragrant chaparral herbage Artemisia and California Sage.
I also discovered an early blooming Lupine!
And made a hiking friend, Theodore, who zoomed right on by me on that steep slope! He was amazing!
Did I mention the rattler? How could I forget? As we were heading downtrail there was a bit of a kerfuffle ahead. Then someone obviously agitated approached warning of a big rattlesnake just off the trail. Others did the same. By the time we got there about 5 – 10 minutes later there was no snake to be seen. Dang! I wanted a picture. I do hope no one hurt it.
I usually avoid this trail because at the top is a complex of radio and wifi towers covered in warnings about getting too close. Yet the trail goes right through them. Really, couldn’t they have put those towers somewhere else? Here is a small part of it.
But anyway, for today, for you, Enjoy.