You cross Bear Creek, then start up an old fire road
on the north side of Brophy Canyon, as you look upstream. Follow this road up
to the open grassland, then head cross country north. You will intersect
the Three Ponds Trail, and head west toward what I call the 'swimming pond'. Once you get to the
swimming pond, you will head south down the ridge to the west of the swimming pond.
Head down this ridge, cross country, until you get to another small pond and
a clump of oak trees. After getting to the small post with the oak trees, head north on an old road cut to a side drainage of Brophy. You then cross the side drainage of Brophy Canyon, and
head southeast, back to the grassland you hiked across at the beginning of the trip. Follow
the old fire road back to the car. Since this is a cross country hike, you can
pretty much choose any path that suits you. Just remember, if you go east, you
hit Highway 16, so if you ever get lost, go east!