I took a hike up the Backbone Trail in Hondo Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains today. I was able to cover about 10 miles, but took almost 7 hours doing it. The trail was very muddy this morning. The mud literally stuck to the bottom of my shoes, pounds at a time it seemed. Each step would peel off another layer of trail until I had huge blocks of mud on each foot. There weren't many people on this trail today, and I was able to enjoy solitude for most of the day. There were nice views of the Pacific at the top, downtown LA was also visible, as well as views towards the San Gabriels.