On a beautiful (and early) Sunday morning of Halloween weekend, I set out with guides Danny Coorsh and Katie Peters and our group of adventurers to the Santa Anita Canyon. The hike immediately took us into a lush forest, with greenery, stands of trees, and the sounds of running water surrounding us. Our group enjoyed talking about costumes and the festivities of the weekend, but the day spent outdoors was definitely a necessary escape from Los Angeles. Danny told us all some history about the cabins and dams built along the trail as we all munched on some delicious trail mix complete with candy corn. I led our group along narrow trails and we were at times the only hikers in the area. The quiet rippling of the stream and the shady trees were a beautiful part of the day. To finish our 9 mile loop, we stopped to hike a small peak before our way back down and were met with lovely scenery of the entire canyon and the cityscape in the distance. My time spent with everyone on the hike was a wonderful way to end the weekend. Thanks to the group and mother nature for a great day!