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For most weekend warriors in Southern California, hiking one of our scarce local trails usually occurs as an afterthought. You wake up on Saturday, realize how vibrantly brilliant the sky and sun are outside your window, and make mid-morning plans to commune with nature. By the time you arrive at the trail head, 3 dozen other people have made the same decision with their friends, and you inevitably get stuck behind a group that can’t stop talking with dust growing around their shuffling feet like Pig-Pen. They (and you) may as well be at a mall.
But there’s a solution! Make your commitment now to make the hike your immediate goal when you awake this weekend, or even better, go mid-week before work. The noises you hear will be twittering birds, dogs barking hello to those on the trail, wind sweeping in to awake you, and yes, Peacocks sound like they are saying “Hel-lo”. Here’s the experience of a Friday pre-breakfast hike at Portuguese Bend in Palos Verdes.