SCHEDULE FOR November 2015
November 7, 2015 — Arroyo Seco/Gabrielino Trail to Brown Mountain Saddle
Distance: 8 miles total, Round trip
Gain: Very little (except for last mile coming back up to the cars)
Rating: Moderate (except for the hill but you can take your sweet time with this)
Description: This is a beautiful hike. We first descend 1 mile down to the Arroyo Seco river level. Unfortunately, you need to go UP on the way out! It is 4 miles out and 4 miles back with plenty of shade, very little gain, to a turnaround at Brown Mountain saddle.
Carpooling: If you wish to carpool to the trailhead, meet at Towsley Cyn in the parking area in front of the gate at 6:30AM for an 6:45AM SHARP departure to the trail head.
Directions to Towsley Cyn (Carpool meeting spot): Take the I-5 freeway to the Calgrove exit. Exit. Turn towards the west. (Right if you are coming from Valencia, left if you are coming from the San Fernando Valley) Follow the road around, go through the signal, and turn immediately into the driveway for Towsley Cyn. Park in the outside lot and look for your leader in the lot). Please help your carpool driver by contributing a little toward gas.
Directions to the Trail head: Take the I-5 South to the 210 East. Exit on the 210 at Windsor. Make a left at bottom of freeway ramp. Drive until you get to a parking lot on the left hand side.
SUNDAY November 8, 2015 — L.A. River Clean Up, Stewardship Event
Description: This is not a hike but it will be a blast!
We will be wading in the WILD PART of the L.A. River. It is teaming with wildlife, expect to see Herons, Egrets, and other birds, so bring your camera. We’ll decide after the cleanup If we all want to go to lunch, eat on the river bank and take photos, or just head home to shower.
Carpooling from Santa Clarita Valley: Meet at Towsley Canyon Parking Lot, outside the Front Gate. Meet at 7:30AM for a 7:45AM SHARP Departure.
Directions to Meeting Spot: Take the I-5 South to Los Feliz. Exit. Take the Eastbound off-ramp and almost immediately look for parking. Park and look for the “A Runner’s Circle” Store
Address: 3216 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Meeting Time at the Store: 8:30AM — look for us on the lawn just to the West of the store. We will walk to the river together.
Wear: Waders, rain boots or water shoes, old clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty, a sun hat, sunscreen and shorts.
Bring: A towel for drying off, a change of clothes and hand wipes. Bring water, snacks and a bagged lunch if you plan to hang out for a while to enjoy the river. Alternatively, bring $$, if you want to go out for lunch afterwards. BRING YOUR CAMERA. Kids 12 — 19 years old are welcome to help and earn community service hours. NOTE: We will have gloves and trash bags available for you to use.
Bonus: We will also be blessed to have a friend of mine Brad Rumble, who is on the board of directors of the L.A. Audubon Society to ID all the birds for you! So, this should be an educational day also!
November 14, 2015 - NEWER HIKE with great VIEWS -
Five Deer trail from Artesian Springs Camp to Martindale Ridge Road
Distance: 10 Miles RT (out and back)
Gain: 1200′ Approx.
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Rating: Moderate ++ (for distance and a few steep hills)
Description: This is a beautiful new hike. We start at 3800′ (2600′ higher than Santa Clarita Valley) with a view of Bouquet Reservoir. We hope to catch some breezes / views as we hike in the Angeles National Forest. After a 30 minute drive from Santa Clarita, up Bouquet Canyon, we go off-road and drive 2 miles on a forest road to start our hike at Artesian Springs camp.
Hiking along a lightly used single track mountainbike trail, we pass through old growth chaparral and periodically dip into shady canyon doglegs. Along the way, we hope to enjoy wildflowers, views across the reservoir to Grass Mountain, the Sierra Pelona below, and later Mt. McDill. If it is a clear day, we may be able to see all the way East to Palmdale and North to the Tehachapi Valley.
After passing an interesting rock outcropping, we arrive at our turnaround point on a ridge line with panoramic views of the Sierra Pelona area, Vasquez Rocks and Agua Dulce in the distance. Here we will break for a snack/ lunch under a huge shady oak.
Meet your Leader to Carpool to trailheads: In the Santa Clarita Best Buy parking lot (26531 Bouquet Canyon Road ) at 7:30AM for a 7:45AM SHARP departure.
Directions from 5 Freeway to the Carpool meeting spot: From the I-5 freeway heading North toward Castaic, exit at Newhall Ranch Road (Route 126), head East up an offramp along Newhall Ranch toward Valencia for 4.4 miles to the intersection with Bouquet Canyon. Turn left at the light and left again at the next light into the Best Buy parking lot (26531 Bouquet Canyon Road). Meet the group in front of the Best Buy store entrance.
Carpooling from Bouquet canyon Best Buy to trailhead: NOTE: We will drive 20 miles up Bouquet Canyon to the Forest road 6N08 gate. Then we drive 2 miles East from Bouquet Canyon, along 6N08. It is a rough road, so to be sure, we will need high clearance vehicles (i.e. SUV/ pick ups) , but not necessarily 4WD. I had no problem at all with my Subaru Outback. We need enough of this vehicle type for the carpool, otherwise everyone is going to have to get very “friendly” or left behind. So, if you can help contribute to this special carpool, please let me know ahead of time, so I can ensure we have enough space.
Dogs: OK, must be on a leash and if well behaved around other dogs and people with hiking poles. If you bring a dog, please plan to drive yourself in your SUV to the trailhead.
Leader: Steve i.
Saturday, November 21 — WELCOME BACK ONE OF OUR BEST HIKES! Fish Canyon to Piano Box, led by Dianne!
Distance: 8 Miles RT (out and back)
Gain: 1000′ Approx.
Rating: Moderate (for distance and some steep hills)
Description: This is an amazingly beautiful area with 37 endangered species. It is prime yellow-legged frog and Arroyo Toad Habitat. Bring your camera. Not only is the area beautiful, but you might see some of the endangered species along the way. Please stay on the trails here, and watch where you step during the river crossings.
This is an 8 mile total, out and back hike, to Piano Box . The only major hill is the asphalt road coming back up to the cars. It is fairly level the rest of the way. The hike starts on the asphalt road, moves onto a dirt road at the north end of Castaic Lake and follows Fish Canyon. The trail here is interspersed with portions of the old cement road from the 1930s. Then we split off the main trail for the trail to Piano Box, a beautiful single track wooded trail. We will snack and rest at Piano box and have ample time to enjoy the canyon walls of reddish rock before returning.
Meet: At the trail head at 8:00AM for an 8:15AM SHARP departure.
Bring: Lunch, lots of water (2 — 3 liters), snacks, hat, layered clothing, camera, hiking poles to help at water crossings are recommended.
Wear: Hat, sunscreen, shoes with good tread. If we expect water crossings due to conditions, we will update you on Meet Up. When there are crossings, water shoes are recommended due to algae build up (and ‘cos there are 24 water crossings we may encounter, if the creek is running high). If you do not have water hikers, we suggest you wear boots or athletic shoes that can get wet and bring a change of shoes/socks for the return trip home.
Adventure Pass: Not required.
Dogs: Ok, if on leash and well behaved around other dogs/ people.
Directions to Trail head: Take the I-5 Freeway North from Santa Clarita. About 6 miles north of Lake Hughes/Castaic, exit at Templin Hightway. Turn right at bottom of ramp. Follow this road all the way until it ends at a closed white gate/ concrete barrier. You can park along the road, we will meet at the white gate.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 — Condor Micro-Trash Clean Up, off Templin Highway
Today we’ll be picking up trash and tiny pieces of glass (Micro-Trash) that condors tend to ingest. Removing micro-trash from their foraging areas helps keep the local condor population safe. This activity is suitable for kids over age 7 to adult. We will be working north of Castaic, at a site off Templin Highway.
Directions: Take the I-5 to Templin Hwy, turn right at bottom of ramp (East). Within 1/4 mile, look for a small white sign that says “PPSI”, on the right side, and a driveway. You can park on Templin Highway or drive down the steep driveway.
Wear: Loose clothing and comfortable shoes. Boots are not necessary. If it is a cool day, bring a jacket.
Bring: Water, snacks, kitchen stool/ step/beach chair, gloves, small plastic bags/ tupperware type storage container, or a plastic “big gulp” sized disposable drinking cup, and a trash bag for larger items.
Dogs: Please do not bring dogs. There are a lot of sticky/ prickly plants that will get caught in their coats and paws. These stickers are painful for them.
November 28, 2015 — Easy Family Hike up Whitney Canyon to the site of the waterfall cascades
Distance: ~ 4.2 miles total — out and back.
Gain: Almost none
Rated: Easy, suitable for newcomers and young families.
Time: About 2 hours
Description: A beautiful mostly flat 4 mile hike, along a river bed with shady oak trees along most of the route. This is such a pleasant and easy “out and back” hike that you do not have to leave the kids or dog at home either.
Your hike starts along a dirt road, but after about a half mile, becomes a single track — all the way to the site of a nice little waterfall. The waterfall will not be flowing at this time of year but that will make it easy for your leader to scramble up a short distance with the more adventurous ones to show you a series of rocky waterfall cascades. Expect to see squirrels, woodpeckers and other birds that like this riparian habitat.
Bring: This hike is short but you might like to bring a snack to eat at the waterfall, water (~1 liter), sun protection/hat.
Dogs: Allowed, if on a leash and well-behaved around other dogs and people.
Meeting place: Meet at the Whitney Canyon trailhead (by the gate) at 8:00 AM for an 8:15AM SHARP departure down the trail. We should be back by about 10:00 — 10:30AM.
Directions: From Valencia, take the I-5 Freeway south ; from San Fernando Valley, take 1–5 freeway North. Get on the SR-14 North and be ready to take the first Exit — Newhall Avenue. Take a right at the fork on the off-ramp. and when you reach the stop sign, turn right. This will lead you quickly into the Park and Ride that is adjacent to SR-14 (Note: Do not confuse this with the tree-lined Park and Ride a 1/2 mile down on the North side of Newhall Avenue). Parking here is FREE.
NOTE: If the Park and Ride is full, you may have to park in the MRCA lot (Put $7.00 in the metal box to avoid a Ranger ticket). It is wise to come a little early to secure a parking spot in the Park and Ride.
Look for your leader at the green MRCA gate by the green sign at the top/left of the Park and Ride.