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2014 Nov 1, Saturday. O: Vasquez Rocks. Dora Olea, Grace Hengst.  Amazing what 25 million years of earthquake activity can do! A beautiful outcropping landscape of rocks’ history that began in prehistoric times when the sandstone rocks were uplifted at a picturesque angle, showing their jagged red features. In 1874 Tiburcio Vasquez, one of California’s most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. It has been a popular filming location for movies, television shows and commercials. We’ll hike up to the Sanctuary Cave, over the Bandito Trail and the Geological Trail. About four miles with elevation gain/loss of less than 1000 ft. Great opportunities for taking pictures as well as identify many species of flora and perhaps fauna. K-9s welcome. Bring lug soles, lunch, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses as well as plenty of water. Contact leaders Grace (323) 697-6886, or Dora (213) 200-0239 or chamacasister@gmail.com with any questions about the hike. Meet 9 am. From the Antelope Freeway (14) near Canyon Country, exit on Agua Dulce Road. Head north 1.5 miles. Agua Dulce swings west and you join Escondido Canyon Road, proceeding 0.25 miles to the signed Vasquez Rocks County Park entrance on your right. Rain cancels.

2014 Nov 7-10, Fri - Mon. O: Joshua Tree Carcamp. Dora Olea, Grace Hengst.  Circumstances of life have prevented us from putting a foot on the ground at J-T. Well, now we are going to put both feet: for one day, two or three (you choose). We will have hikes from 8 miles rt. to a 5 miles rt. or if you choose just to read or catch up with your needlework, this is the trip for you. The campsite has a limited space for participants and parking; therefore, carpooling is recommended. Cost not exceed $20.00 dollars. To reserve your spot, you MUST mail your check before Saturday, November 1st. RSVP and more details, contact Dora at (213) 200-0239 or chamacasister@gmail.com.

2014 Nov 22 - Nov 23, Sat - Sun.  O: Sugarloaf Mt. + Pine Knot Trail.  Nancy Beverly, Mike Brostoff.  We had such a good time up at Big Bear last year, we’re going to do it again – on different trails, though. On Saturday, we plan to hike Sugarloaf Mountain if the weather holds (i.e. no rain / snow). It’s roughly 10 miles roundtrip with 2000’ elevation gain, going up to 9952’. If you’re planning on coming on that hike, get some rigorous hikes in so you can give it a good shot! On Sunday morning, we’ll do an easier hike – Pineknot Trail up to Grand View Point, six miles roundtrip, 1200, up to 7688’. If the weather is dicey on Sugarloaf, then Pineknot (+ some extra miles) may become the Saturday hike. Or we may go snowshoeing both days! If you’d like to spend the night Saturday at Tammie & Kyla’s (our gracious hostesses!) in Big Bear, RSVP to nancybeverly at sbcglobal.net by November 15. If you’re just doing the Saturday hike, RSVP by November 20th (by then we should know the weather forecast). Directions to the appropriate trailhead & the gals’ home will be sent out. Sorry, no showing up at the last minute – we may have to change plans and who knows what the cell phone service will be. For the hikes, bring the ten essentials and for staying overnight, bring money for dinner at a restaurant, whatever you’d like for breakfast, and a sleeping bag. Overnight indoor guest limit is eight; there is a little room on the outdoor porch for sleeping under the (chilly) stars and driveway space for camper type things (no tents in the yard, sorry!).

 

2014 November 29, Saturday. O: Topanga Canyon: Los Liones­Trippet Ranch. Anna Baum, Jeff Johnson.  Come work off that pumpkin pie! 13 miles round­trip, strenuous in parts,1,300 feet elevation gain. After a steep, 1.5­mile climb up lovely shaded switchbacks through chaparral, we’ll follow a steep winding fire road that affords stunning coastline vistas and beautiful views of Santa Ynez and Topanga Canyons on either side. We’ll pass the turnoff to the Parker Mesa Overlook, then continue on East Topanga Fire Road another 2.6 miles, mostly level, to Trippet Ranch Visitor Center (where the December 13 hike will begin). We will eat lunch there and return the way we came. Wear sturdy shoes, bring at least two quarts water, 10 essentials, lunch, snacks, sunscreen. Heavy rain cancels. From Highway 1/Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades: turn north on Sunset Boulevard. Drive 0.3 mile and turn left on Los Liones Drive. Follow Los Liones Drive to its end in about a half-mile and park in the lot across from a church or on the street. From the 405 and Sunset: Travel west out Sunset Blvd., past Temescal Cyn, and a block past Palisades Drive, turn right up Los Liones. Hike begins at 9 a.m. sharp. Heavy rain cancels. Questions? Contact Anna at 310-990-0610.

2014 Dec 6, Saturday.  O: Holiday Party.  Grace Hengst, Mary Adair.  This year the GLS Holiday Party is again at Grace and Mary’s Mount Washington home. This is a time to talk with other GLS members and just have fun sharing the holiday spirit! The festivities start at 2 pm and finish at 6 pm. Please bring a potluck item to share, and let Grace know what item you plan on bringing. GLS provides beverages, plates, silverware, and lasagna (vegetarian and meat). There will be 2 door prizes, a “Half & Half” raffle in which there will be 30% to first winner, 20% to second winner, and half goes to the GLS treasury. There will also be a silent auction, so please bring a new or used hiking/camping/other item, in good condition, to the party. The proceeds go to GLS. Please reclaim any unsold items at the end of the auction. Also, view and vote on photos submitted for the GLS photo contest. We will count the ballots for election to the GLS Management Committee and announce the new board members at the party. Send a check to “GLS” for the admission charge of $5.00. Send to: Grace Hengst, 1717 Burnell Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Enclose SASE if you need directions to the house. Note: Mapquest can get you lost in this area, so call Grace at 323-697-6886 in the days before the party if you need clarification. Parking: plan to park on the surrounding streets, as there is no legal parking on Burnell Drive.

2014 Dec 13, Saturday.  O: Topanga Area.  Dawn Wilson, Teresa Nick.  9.6 miles, rolling, with 1600’ gain/loss. Join us for a figure-8 loop starting and ending at the Trippet Ranch trailhead in Topanga Canyon (farther point of the Nov. 29 hike). Rolling hills provide alternating canyon greenery and expansive views of the Pacific. We’ll start out on the Musch Trail, winding through a verdant hillside punctuated with openings that allow views of the Santa Monicas. Gaining Eagle Rock (1957’), we’ll admire the sandstone and look in every direction. Next, we’ll dive into Garapito Canyon, surfacing at Hub Junction and then head back on fire roads with constant vistas for the rest of the hike. Rain Cancels. Bring: At least 2 liters of water, lugsoles, 10 essentials. Pace: moderate. Time: meet 8: 45 AM, depart 9 AM sharp. Getting there: 20829 Entrada Road, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290. From 101, drive ~7.7 miles south on Topanga Canyon Road and take a left on Entrada Road. Drive on Entrada Road for one mile, following signs for Topanga State Park. There is a $10 day-use fee to park at Trippet Ranch. Free parking is available along the road outside the park - but make sure that your wheels do not cross the white line on the road. Questions? Contact Teresa 612-384-0421.

 

2014 Dec 20, Saturday.  O: Red Box (4640') to Strawberry Peak (6160').  Gail Wise, Grace Hengst.  9.6 miles, rolling, with 1600’ gain/loss. Join us for a figure-8 loop starting and ending at the Trippet Ranch trailhead in Topanga Canyon (farther point of the Nov. 29 hike). Rolling hills provide alternating canyon greenery and expansive views of the Pacific. We’ll start out on the Musch Trail, winding through a verdant hillside punctuated with openings that allow views of the Santa Monicas. Gaining Eagle Rock (1957’), we’ll admire the sandstone and look in every direction. Next, we’ll dive into Garapito Canyon, surfacing at Hub Junction and then head back on fire roads with constant vistas for the rest of the hike. Rain Cancels. Bring: At least 2 liters of water, lugsoles, 10 essentials. Pace: moderate. Time: meet 8: 45 AM, depart 9 AM sharp. Getting there: 20829 Entrada Road, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290. From 101, drive ~7.7 miles south on Topanga Canyon Road and take a left on Entrada Road. Drive on Entrada Road for one mile, following signs for Topanga State Park. There is a $10 day-use fee to park at Trippet Ranch. Free parking is available along the road outside the park - but make sure that your wheels do not cross the white line on the road. Questions? Contact Teresa 612-384-0421.

 

 

 

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