Friday, July 1, 2011

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #16-Wine Tasting Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains

How Sweet It Is
Vineyards have been springing up all over the Santa Monicas, but are mainly concentrated in the corridor where Kanan Road and Mulholland Highway intersect. It is advisable to get your exercise before visiting the three tasting rooms in close proximity to the trail in Peter Strauss Ranch. The parking lot on Mulholland Highway for the shady .6 mile loop is directly across from The Old Place and the Cornell Winery & Tasting Room. Take the footbridge over Triunfo Creek to the entrance of the Lake Enchanto retreat where you might run into a peacock or two. The trailhead behind the outdoor theater takes you through a mesquite tree tunnel and a forest of stately oaks then loops back to a grove of giant eucalyptus. Free concerts take place here in the summer. (If this is not enough hike for you go my Great Outdoor day # 3 - Reagan Ranch. It also is in the vicinity.)

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