The Carrizo Plain, 100 airline miles (160 km) north of Los Angeles, California is an area by-passed by time. Soda Lake, its centerpiece, is a glistening bed of white salt, set within a vast open grassland, rimmed by mountains. The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species, and is an area culturally important to Native Americans. It is traversed by the San Andreas fault, which has carved valleys, created and moved mountains, and yet close up, is seen in a subtle alignment of ridges, ravines and normally dry ponds.
Good place for solitude if you do the self-tour in the offseason. Very quiet. Pictographs and geology are interesting. I've gone twice, a year apart. The pictographs seem to be fading fast. Seem less visible even a year later. One would be wise to go see them before they are gone forever. An easy walk and well marked, wide trail. Chance to see antelope and elk on the drive in. Also, lots of tarantulas at the right time of year. This is an important, even sacred, place to many people... tread lightly and be respectful.
Me and some friends hiked this last weekend, gorgeous as always, got in the water, had the beach to ourselves absolutely perfect day, however, make sure to hide valuables in your vehicle or better yet don't leave any there!!! (I know common sense right) multiple vehicle break ins occur here and I myself have been a victim of this other than that, this is my favorite hike in the area by far!
The trail climbs up from the saddle at the top of Colson Canyon. Turn left at the fuel break and follow it shortly, then drop down into a pleasant canyon. Past the campground, a map may be required as game trails are just as obvious as the real trail. Pink ribbons do show some of the route. Over a ridge, the trail hits an old road cut and a sign marks the top of Weber Trail. Take the trail down to the jeep road below and follow it to where Colson meets La Brea, then back up Colson to the saddle for the loop. The Weber is marked at the bottom as well for those going in the opposite direction.
I actually continued down the old road cut further. It passes Difficult Spring, which wasn't much to see. It forks and the right goes out to a nice viewpoint in an easy mile. The left heads down to meet La Brea a mile further downstream. The old road cut past Weber is unmaintained and overgrown and extremely tick infested. This route touches on private property that Weber misses.