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.

Carrizo Plain National Monument (Selby Campground Loop Trail) reviews made here were not that useful in completing my hike yesterday. I carried enough water for the 4.6 mile trek. Insects were not a problem like they were in summer. I started out early AM from the parking area, it was cool but not too bad. Biggest problem was the gun fire, which I quickly learned the hills around me were filled with quail hunters. Not great. In some spots on this trail, there were great views of the valley and dry lake bed.
The first mile and a half was all uphill on trail, then at the crest the trail became a road all the way around to the parking area. Not what I am used to.
A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

Need to visit recreation.gov to get a required permit and access code. Closed 3/1-7/15 for nesting bird season and only access at that time is by guided tour.

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8 months ago

Pretty quite worth the drive and time just don’t think I would ever go back.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

vandalized badly

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

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.

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