Summer hikers looking to stay out of the noonday sun have several organized hikes to pick from this Sunday.
Before the day heats up, ranger/naturalists at Franklin Canyon Ranch and Topanga State Park will lead easy walks suitable for families. At 9 a.m. at Franklin Canyon, the emphasis will be on "Sights and Sounds" to observe the wildlife and chaparral in the canyon area.
Also starting at 9 a.m., the Topanga walk will be a leisurely 1 1/2-mile walk through oak woodlands and chaparral hillside. Both walks will last approximately two hours. Bring water.
At Rancho Sierra/Satwiwa, the rangers will offer an alternative to midday hiking. Gather around the cultural center at 2 p.m. to hear them talk about traditional Native American hunting tools, including some used by the Chumash. Children will have a chance to handle the tools.
Back at Franklin Canyon Ranch, at 4 p.m. a docent fluent in sign language will lead a hike for children, families and adults who are hearing impaired. The two-hour walk will keep a moderate pace and families are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and enjoy dinner on the broad lawn after the hike.
Franklin Canyon Ranch is at 1736 N. Lake Drive, north of Beverly Hills; (213) 858-3834. Topanga State Park, is at 20829 Entrada Drive, off Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (818) 789-3456. Rancho Sierra/Satwiwa, is in Newbury Park and can be reached by taking the Ventura Freeway to the Wendy Drive exit, south on Wendy to Potrero Road, west on Potrero to the park entrance. Information: (818) 888-3770.