Piru Creek rushes down the
eastern flank of Pine Mountain in Ventura County, is captured behind
the dam that forms Pyramid Lake in extreme northwestern Los Angeles
County, and then exits below the dam through Piru Gorge and tumbles
south to Lake Piru and, eventually, the Santa Clara River in Ventura
County. For odites, a fine accessible locale is Frenchmans Flat
campground in Los Angeles County (above), just off Interstate 5 south
of the Tejon Pass and Mt. Pinos.
This is in the Los Padres National Forest, and the
camp gives easy access to the boulder-strewn creek (left).
Unfortunately, the campground (now day-use only after a major fire) is
heavily used on summer weekends by day-trippers with splashing
toddlers, and can often be a mess of garbage. If you can overcome that
drawback, the creek is full of interesting odes in mid-summer. Our
visit was on 16 August.