Originally Posted by TheQ
I know this is an old thread, but I figured I'd chime in.
I'm very much a hanging noob, only 1 overnight in the Eno so far (Spruce Grove).
Since then, all my ground dwelling backpacking trips have kept me on the lookout for spots to hang. My past few trips have been into The Sespe Wilderness area.
I have to say, some areas get pretty sparse on hanging options, especially if you're traveling with ground dwellers. Sites start to be an either/or scenario.
I've also noticed many of the shorter potential trees grow almost like bushes, it'd be a fight through dead wood to get at their stubby trunks.
I've found decent trees with moderate consistency near water.
Guess I'm still a little worried about hanging in territory I haven't scouted as a ground dweller.
Welcome TheQ! I know what you mean, especially around Los Padres and Sespe.
Since you're in LA, you should consider backpacking around the San Gabriel Wilderness or Angeles National Forest areas...there's no shortage of trees.