After parking your car (don't forget to bring water),
locate where stairs take you up to the overlook platform and the start
of the series of boxes.
#1 - Overlook Box
Head up the stairs to the overlook platform and take a moment out of
your treasure hunting to enjoy the view of the mid-San Fernando Valley
laid out before you.
Stand at the informational sign then turn around and look directly
behind you - you will see a bench. Go and have a seat on the left end
(when facing the bench.) Nice view, huh?
Look to your right and you'll see some rocks forming a sort of
decorative edge to the plants near you. The first box is located under
the rock nearest where you are sitting, under the back lower edge.
#2 - The Bees
If you aren't up to a minor hike uphill, skip ahead here to box four.
Otherwise, head down the stairs and find the start of the trail behind
the metal gate. You'll most likely notice the various items left to help
dog walkers pick up after their canine pals right near the start. Dogs
are supposed to be on leashes in this park; most ignore those rules.
However, it has been our experience that the dogs, especially the larger
ones, are very friendly and the owners highly attentive, often putting
leashes on their pets as soon as they see someone else on the trail.
Start down the wide trail - don't worry, this is the only
"sunny" patch you'll really walk through, and it is short. A
few hundred yards down, you'll come to where the Dearing Trail turns
back to your left and continues down, into shade. Straight goes into
more sun - very hot, no shade. Take the shade trail down.
You will have a walk of about 1/3 of a mile down the side of the
canyon, switchbacks keeping things from being boring. There are
wonderful views through the trees towards the valley, plus a large
amount of interesting wildlife living here.
As you near the bottom, you'll come to a creek that runs year round
and cuts across the trail. Stop at the edge of the creek and look to
your right. Notice the upside down car sticking out from under a long
ago landslide? That poor guy is STILL waiting for his tow truck from AAA
to show up :)
Look for the couple of large boulders which allow you to leave the
trail and go up onto the car itself. When you are atop the car, you'll
see a small trail following the creek upstream. Take a couple steps down
the slope on that trail, then turn around and look at the back end of
the buried car.
The box is hidden between the side metal of the car and the
landslide, inside the door panel area if you can visualize that from
what you can see :)
#3 - Hidden Oasis
After replacing box two, look back up that trail that goes upstream
to spot a somewhat out of place looking palm tree. Make your way up to
the tree and around to it's backside.
Hidden behind the palm is another tree with two trunks sticking out
of the mountain at a 45-degree angle. The box is hidden at the base of
the trunks in back, under some rocks and leaves.
Stop here, after replacing the box, to spend a few moments looking
into the natural pond formed in this spot by the creek. This is the
tadpole pool mentioned earlier.
After enjoying the tiny creatures, you now need to head back up the
trail the way you came. You did remember to bring drinking water, right?
If you are using the two car method, or if you are very fit and want
to hit the Coldwater Canyon series as well and then circle back, instead
of returning the way you came, follow the main trail as it crosses the
creek and heads up hill at a somewhat steep angle. It will take you to
Coldwater Canyon after another mile or so - this trail can be VERY hot
on sunny days as it has areas with no shade tress at all.
#4 - Which Way
Also located at Fryman Canyon Overlook is one of those jogging trails
dotted with exercise equipment. The trail is very easy to see as it
winds around the parking area. Find that trail and follow it until you
come to the sign for -
Stand on the trail so the sign is to your left and look right to see
where large shrubs form a border between the park and the road. These
plants have white flowers nearly year round, so they are easy to
Count up four of these shrubs - the box is under the fourth box.
The shrub the box is hidden under does not have a smaller shrub in
front of it.