If you take the long Fryman Canyon hike, not directly up the hill from the Wilacre parking lot, but out to the Briarcrest Fire Trail and back around, you will reach this fork in the trail. Let say, just for variety, you wanted to go to the right, down to Valleycrest. You would follow the established signs…right? We can agree this is an official marker.
Okay down the trail we go……to Valleycrest Drive. The people’s trail, maintained with our tax dollars! Isn’t it lovely?
Wait, what could this be? It seems to be a gate of some kind. And it’s locked. There is Valleycrest and here are we, and never shall the twain meet. I’m very confused. What does the sign on the gate say? We can’t read it from this side of the fence. Hmmm. Didn’t the trail marker send us here? Why, it’s almost like somewhere along the way we turned into…trespassers. Or something. That’s some formidible fencing on either side of the gate. I don’t think we can go around. I think we are definitely being told do not go around. Guess we’ll have to go back. Back to Iredell, then to Fryman, then to the car, then up the canyon to Valleycrest.
Ah, there’s the sign. No trail access. That answers one question…but invites another. Why would the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy build a trail, and an access point and install trail markers for something which is not open to the public? Unless…it once was open to the public. Get it?