For a city overrun with celebrities, it’s nice to know you can get away from it all when in Los Angeles. A friend suggested I check out Malibu Creek State Park, and I only wished I had left more than just a morning to explore.
Located just 25 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles, Malibu Creek State Park is a vast and beautiful place for a long morning hike. I went there early on a Sunday morning, before the runners and mountain bikers arrived. Being California, of course the weather was perfect.
Though mostly flat, the trail I took meandered through grassy fields, under canopies of trees, and by a bubbling brook. A few miles in as the temperature started to rise, I found myself hiking through a gorge; the temperature was suddenly a refreshing ten degrees lower.
Though the park seemed far away from celebrity glitz, I found out that it was the site where legendary productions were staged. “M.A.S.H.,” for example. For those too young to remember, M.A.S.H. was a hit American television series, a drama/comedy following a team of doctors and nurses stationed at a hospital in South Korea during the Korean War.
After several miles I doubled back, reluctantly. This was the time that trail runners young and old were hitting their stride, and weekend warriors were zipping by on their mountain bikes. Ahhh, a California weekend. I was lucky enough to see several elite runners training at high speeds, followed by trainers mounted on bicycles.
The above sign was a film prop, set near the parked vehicle that was also a part of the M.A.S.H. production. I was strangely pleased that my hometown of Boston was positioned at the top.
Too bad I had to leave for Boston so soon…