Posted by: James Wapotich | October 31, 2017

Trail Quest: Ellis Apiary

Hiked to Ellis Apiary a couple weeks ago with Sierra. We were fortunate to have a friend who owns property there and didn’t have to endure the lengthy walk along the road just to get to the beginning of the trail.

Piru Creek is flowing nicely and the intermittent use trail improves once you get near the old hydraulic gold-mining site. Not much to see at Ellis Apiary other than the “winged” stove, but the hike through remote canyon provides a rich sense of immersion and lots of great scenery.

Article appears in section A of the October 23rd, 2017 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press.

Piru Creek Narrow Conglomerate stone Sespe Wilderness Los Padres National Forest hike

First set of narrows along Piru Creek several crossings above the confluence with Agua Blanca Creek

Piru Creek Sespe Wilderness Los Padres National Forest hike Cobblestone Mountain Trail

Piru Creek

Ellis Apiary Camp Cobblestone Mountain Trail Turtle Creek Sespe Wilderness Los Padres National Forest hike

“winged” stove at Ellis Apiary

Piru Canyon Sespe Wilderness Los Padres National Forest

Piru Canyon

Dogbane Piru Creek hike Sespe Wilderness Los Padres National Forest

Sierra cooling her feet near a patch of dogbane

 


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