Sunday, I went for a hike along the trails of Stoney Point - Topanga Canyon Bl. near the 118 Freeway, Chatsworth (Northwest San Fernando Valley.)
Stoney Point, once known as Castle Rock during the 1800s, was a hide-out for notorious bandit, Tiburcio Vasquez, during the Gold Rush, according to this website - which also lists many western movies filmed in, and around, Chatsworth and Stoney Point. Today, Stoney Point is better known for rock climbing. Here's another site on bouldering at Stoney Point.
There were plenty of rock climbers, yesterday, of varying levels: beginners scaling rocks close to the ground; mid-level climbers hanging by fingertips and ropes from higher still - and then there were the ones, appearing like nothing more than specs from my viewpoint, scaling the vertical rock.
I chose to watch from a much safer perspective, and stuck to the trails that wound up the side of the rocks, stopping to pet the horses in the stables next door, taking photos of wild flowers, lizards and rock formations.
Quite a few people were hiking with their children. The kids seemed to be having fun climbing the smaller, less dangerous boulders along the trails. Some of the worn, soft red rock is pocked with holes and indentations just perfect for little hands and feet to wedge into.
*I had so many photos, they needed to be posted separately in the entry below.