Just a note for my long time readers: Ms. Fat Adventures has had a rough time with depression and with that came some weigh gain and a stress fracture in her foot. Slowly, I have been trying to regain control and easing back into ADVENTURES has been fairly helpful. When your only support is what you can do for yourself, getting back on track can be exceptionally difficult. With that said, please cheer me on as I try to come back to myself and bring YOU, my friends- some more FAT ADVENTURES.
My Handsome Co-Host: Mr. Caiden!
Sepulveda Wildlife Area
6335 Woodley Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91406-6473
Directions: In the LOVELY San Fernando Valley where the 405 and 101 Fwys meet. You’re gonna want to look for Woodley Park (off Woodley and Burbank) east of the Golf Coarse.
About the Park
The Wildlife Preserve is the only unpaved part of the LA River. When visiting the area, you will run into a variety of Water Fowl, Hawks, Burrowing Owls, Sparrows and various other winged creatures. Animals can occasionally be seen as well but with the exception of the occasional mouse, I haven’t seen anything other than Birds, Red Earred Slider Turtles and fish.
This place is well-known as a Pick Up Place for Mens “in the bush” activities but the Rangers have upped their patrols and I feel confident in them enough to bring my Grandson here and not have to worry about him seeing things he really doesn’t need to see.
The sad thing about the area is the graffiti. I was absolutely appalled at the damage that has been done to the inlaid “compass” and the signage in the viewing areas and along the trail. The trash in the surrounding creeks is pretty much a standard and if they had a volunteer day, I would surely take the time to come out and help clean up. This is a heads up to those who’d like to visit. It’s not pristine and perfect but it is still a nice place to take a stroll.
My Co-Host as he runs toward the trail…
Distance: 2.6 total miles for the whole loop. If you walk from the parking area to the end of the trail without continuing on under the fwy, it is probably less than a mile.
Exercise level: You can make it as easy or as hard as you’d like. If you take a walking (running) little one with you, there’s a good chance you’ll have to walk pretty fast to keep up with them!
Cell Service: Yes.
Stroller/Wheelchair friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: VERY
Dog Friendly: No
Bring: Water (always) and a snack if you plan on staying for awhile
Wear: Sunscreen, a hat if it’s really overcast or very sunny, comfortable shoes and layer if it’s chilly outside
The Low Down
Just a note: No, I did NOT cut my Co-Hosts hair into a Mohawk (that was his Mom’s idea) and Yes, I can’t wait til it grows out. Moving along…
Parking is easy around the trail and once I let my Co-Host out of the car- he was OFF!
We saw lots of School Groups off the trails in the Viewing Areas with Microscopes set up to look at the Microbs and Bacteria retrieved from the surrounding waters. I hope when Caiden gets to that age, he’ll go to a school that does that as well! How Cool! The kids LOVED seeing how excited Mr. Caiden was when he eye spied them doing their research. I explained to him that when he goes to school, he can do that too and he reacted by saying “DUCKS!” and took off running!
It was a gorgeous, warm, sunny 78 degrees in the middle of this January Day (yup, I said JANUARY) and Caiden was ready to check out the ducks…
Sitting on the banks, Little Mister quacked at the duckies while Grandma rested in the shade.
Once we got back on the trail, we saw a bridge off to the right. OMG! So interesting for a little boy!
This is where we saw the fish and watched the current take the leaves downstream…
And now for some exercise…
To the end of the trail we walked where we met up with the Park Rangers on Patrol. They stopped to say HI and laughed when I explained to Caiden that they were the “Duck Police.” It was past lunch time and The Little Monster wanted his “Peanut Butter and Jellyfish (as he calls them)” sandwich so we found a bench and he ate his lunch while we watched Canadian Geese take off and land on the water.
After his Al Fresco lunch, we walked back full steam ahead to visit the bridge again. As long as my little man got to watch the fishies again- he was golden and ready to go climb some rocks that we saw on the way into the trail. Grandma and Monster had a great time, got our nature on and exercised together- you couldn’t ask for a better day!