29-Dec-2007 -- After bagging 34N 116W and 34N 117W earlier in the day, by the time we reached the corner of Aethel and Oak Canyon the sun had already set - but the sky was still light. We knew that we could just sit in the car, and claim the confluence (since we were within 100 meters), but that seemed like cheating.
So we got out, and in the deepening twilight, set out up the canyon. Immediately, we made a mistake, heading too far south before climbing the walls of the canyon. We had to contour around (in the dark) until we finally got to the confluence about 5:30. By then it was completely dark, so taking pictures of the view was "right out".
This is an interesting little neighborhood; a bit of canyons and country in the middle of urban LA. The view of the city lights looking to the northwest was quite impressive, even if my pictures didn't come out.
After we found the confluence, we also found the "trail" (really a break in the bushes) that would have made this a trivial climb. Oh, well - it made the descent in the dark a lot easier than it would otherwise have been.
We got back to the car, congratulated ourselves, found a restaurant, and eventually arrived home in Poway about 9:00; 14 hours and 400+ miles after we had left.
All in all, a very fine day out.
Coordinator's Note: This visit is classified as incomplete due to photo requirements.