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2015 March 1, Sunday. O: Josephine Peak (5558’) Josephine Saddle (4720’). Dora Olea, Grace Hengst.  Does Josephine have a Peak? Siii. And a Pass? Siiii. Come and hike both earthly features in an easy moderate pace with 2100’ gain and 1900’ loss in about 8 mi r/t loop. We will hike the Colby Cyn and an abandoned road to summit her saddle and her peak, and have lunch at the top. Even though the peak is not too high, it offers a 360 degree view of the Angeles Forest. Bring National Forest Adventure Pass if you have one. Dogs carry their own water. Bring 10 essentials, 2 liters water (more if it’s hot out), lug soles, hiking poles (optional), sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, snacks and lunch. Hike will take 4-5 ½ hours. Dress in layers. Directions: Take 210 Fwy, and exit north, CA-2, Angeles Crest Highway, to the La Canada rideshare point. Meet at 8:50am, we will take off at 9:00am sharp in carpools to the trailhead. Join us at Señor Fish in Eagle Rock for fish tacos after the hike. Questions? Dora at chamacasister@gmail.com.

 

2015 March 7, Saturday. O: Whitewater Preserve. Mike Brostoff, Grace Hengst.  Just north of Cabazon is the Whitewater Preserve. Whitewater Preserve is 2,851 acres surrounded by the Bureau of Land Management’s San Gorgonio Wilderness, and includes the year-round Whitewater River. We will be hiking 12 miles (6 miles each way) on the Pacific Crest Trail starting at the Park’s headquarters. After hiking along the river and crossing it twice, we will cross one ridge and head over to second horseshoe shape ridge. From the center of the second ridge, we will climb to the top and walk around the horseshoe appreciating panoramic views of San Jacinto and San Gorgonio. Bring water, sun protection, layers especially if it is cold, lunch, 10 essentials. Hike starts at 9:30 AM. If raining, the hike is canceled. If the river is too dangerous to cross, we will find an alternate hike. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mike Brostoff. mbros4162@yahoo.com or (818) 399-4035.

 

2015 14, Saturday. O: Descanso Garden. Barbara Edwards, Grace Hengst. Come celebrate Barb and Grace’s birthdays at Descanso Gardens, http://www.descansogardens.org/. It is a 160 acre preserve of woodlands, chaparral and fabulous gardens, located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 91011, near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. Entrance fees are: Adults $9, Seniors/Students $6. Parking is free. Meet at the entrance at 9 am. We will enter as a group, stroll gingerly through the lilac garden, rosarium and Japanese gardens. Then, break for lunch around 11 a,m, at the picnic area near the parking lot. Bring your own or purchase a gourmet sandwich at the café. We will have birthday cake for dessert. After lunch we will visit the Boddy Mansion, California gardens and camellia forests. Blooming in March will be camellias, irises, fragrant lilacs, cherry trees, daffodils and possibly tulips. As a special bonus, they are having a camellia show. Our entire stroll will be approx 3 miles, 200 ft gain. Children welcome. RSVP to leader if possible, in case of any last minute changes: greyhund@sbcglobal.net. Major rain cancels.

2015 March 21 - 22, Sat – Sun. O: Backpack: CHRT, Joshua Tree National Park [2nd half]. Dora Olea, Jeff Johnson.  Backpacking at Joshua Tree on the California Riding and Hiking Trail is our next adventure. This time we will hike the second half of this extraordinary trail covering about 21.5 miles in two days. It is a beautiful experience that you cannot miss. We will look out for the oldest Joshua tree, hoping to see it alive, or its remains. On Saturday, we will pack in about 10 miles and set up the camp in the middle of nowhere. On Sunday, we will hike out around 11 miles. This trip requires backpacking experience and involves a car shuttle. Optional Mexican Feast on Sunday. Space is limited, RSVP by Feb. 28th, 2015. For more info and RSVP Contact Ldr: Dora at chamacasister@gmail.com.

2015 March 29, Sunday. O: O’Melveny Park to Mission Point. Dora Olea, Jeff Johnson.  The second-largest park in L.A. County, second only to the expanses of Griffith Park on the opposite site of the Valley, offers the best view of the San Fernando Valley. We will take a stroll along citrus groves, grassy fields, and a riparian canyon in this tranquil park situated in Granada Hills. The first 0.9 mile explores the initial section of the well-maintained lawns shaded by oaks and eucalyptus trees extended over a quarter-mile into Bee Canyon Trail. For a better view of the Valley and a good workout we will hike up the challenging Mission Point Trail that climbs over 1,000 ft in 1.5 miles. A moderate pace hike with approx. 4 miles round trip. 1,400 ft. elev. gain/loss. Short car shuttle. Bathrooms and water at the trailhead. K-9 welcome. Bring water, lug soles, sunscreen, and your lunch. Meet 9 am. From CA 118, exit at Balboa Blvd. and head north 2.3 miles to Sesnon Blvd. Make a left on Sesnon, following it for just over 0.5 miles to the entrance of O’Melveny Park on the right. Free parking, carpooling is recommended. Questions leader Dora at (213) 200-0239 or chamaca1954@att.net.

 

2015 April 5, Sunday. O: Bolsa Chica Preserve. Barbara Edwards, S.K. Chiou.  Join us for some Easter Sunday fun! The Bolsa Chica is one of the Sierra Club's success stories in helping to protect Southern California's vanishing coastal wetlands from pressures of real estate development. The Reserve is a rare ecosystem where salt water from the ocean and freshwater from the land meet and mix, forming an unusually rich diversity of habitats, including freshwater wetlands, costal bluff scrub, grasslands, and a eucalyptus stand that provides critical nesting habitat for raptors and herons. Expect to see any of the 321 species of migratory and permanent resident birds that have been sighted here in the past decade. We will walk approximately 5 miles, zero elev. gain/loss. Bring 2 quarts of water, snack or lunch, binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and windbreaker/light jacket. Dogs are not allowed. Rain cancels. Meet at 9 AM in front of the Interpretive Center, 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. From the 405 or 22 Freeways, take the Bolsa Chica Rd exit south to Warner Ave. Turn right on Warner Ave., and then left into parking lot before PCH. Questions? Contact Barbara at greyhund@sbcglobal.net.

2015 April 11, Saturday. O: Short Cut Canyon to West Fork to Red Box. Susan Campo, Kyla Hjertstedt.  This is a local hike through a lovely canyon, past occasional streams. It requires a car shuttle to complete. The hike is moderate and involves a loss of 1700 feet of elevation in 3.5 miles which must be regained in the second and longer section of the hike. TOTAL 9.8 miles. Bring lunch, water, wear good boots for ankle support, poles if desired; wear appropriate clothes for mountain weather. Meet at La Canada car pool point at 8:30 am, but first PLEASE RSVP your reservation to leader at least 24 hours prior to hike. Note if you are willing to drive, don’t forget your parking Adventure Pass. Hiking DOGS with leash and extra water will be allowed. Question? Contact Susan at susanlucillecampo@yahoo.com.

2015 April 19, Sunday. O: Liberty Canyon / Malibu Creek State Park loop. Nancy Beverly, Gina Masequesmay.  Join us on one of Nancy B.’s fav hikes! We start out at Liberty Canyon and head up and up through an enchanted forest of greenery until we have spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Our loop takes us over to Malibu Creek State Park and then back through open fields of grass and ancient oak trees – 7.3 miles total, 1600’ gain. This is a moderate to strenuous hike, and the first two miles alone gain 900’ with a 7.7% grade. The hike should take us about four hours, depending on the number of participants and times we stop to shoot photos. Bring: layers, lugsole boots, hiking poles (if you use them), 3 liters of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, a hat. Sorry, no dogs allowed in the state park – you could do the first few miles and head back on your own with your dog, if you like. Directions: Take the 101 and exit Liberty Canyon. Head south towards the Santa Monica Mts., just over a half mile. Park on Liberty Canyon Rd. before the green fencing and the wrought iron gate at the end (don’t park in the subdivision where the road curves to the left). Meet 9 a.m.; rain cancels; please note, there are no restrooms at the trailhead and won’t be for the first two hours until we get to the State Park J. Questions: nancybeverly at sbcglobal.net or 818-681-5192.

2015 April 26, Sunday. O: Lower Monroe Truck Trail. Jan McInnis, Nancy Beverly.  It’s time to hike Glendora! Yes, there is actually hiking out east and I’ve found it! It says truck trail but you can’t drive trucks on it...at least not any longer because it’s pretty much only wide enough to hike. So come on out for this moderate hike that will burn enough calories to let you have a big dinner, but won’t take up your whole day. The first mile is pretty flat with about 5 or 6 places where you have to step over water (using rocks), and then the trail starts to climb. The whole trail is about 8 miles one-way, but we’re only going up about 3. We’ll go up to the Punkout Point sign, touch it, and then back-track ½ mile to the Mystic Canyon trail sign where there’s room to snack. This will give us a total of 6 miles RT with approximately 700 feet of elevation gain. There are mountain bikers along the way too, so I would encourage you not to bring dogs. There is also some shade but may not be much in April. Oh, and big note, there are no bathrooms on the trail or at the trailhead. Directions: From the I-210 Freeway, exit Grand Avenue in Glendora. Go north on Grand 1.7 miles to Sierra Madre Blvd. and turn right (east). Drive 2.0 miles to Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) and turn left (there is no stop sign or light, so if you cross the wash and dead-end at Valley Center, you've gone a block too far). Go 1.3 miles to the Angeles National Forest sign and park on the road up to the sign, or past it if you have an Angeles National Forest pass. Meet at the trail head just past the Angeles National Forest sign at 8 a.m. We should be back by 11 a.m. There is a decent amount of parking, but get there early as it does fill up. Carpools are encouraged, and you can also do stack parking if you find a buddy to stack with. Things to bring – 2 liters of water, snack and sunscreen. Also, lug soles are highly recommended. Oh, and I understand there’s a chocolate chip cookie tree at our snacking point – you don’t want to miss that! Rain cancels. Contact me with questions: Jan.McInnis@gmail.com or 213.709.3816.

2015 May 2, 2015, Saturday. O: Mount Waterman. Gail Wise, Nancy Beverly. Come hike under the pines and cedars and enjoy gorgeous views along a ridge as we hike up to Mt. Waterman and back. At 5-6 miles roundtrip, with 1300’ gain/loss, this is a moderate hike (but can seem taxing if you’re out of shape, as Mt. Waterman is over 8000’). Bring layers, snacks and water. Well-mannered dogs are welcome but MUST be on leash at all times. Meet at the La Canada rideshare point at 9 a.m. Questions? Contact Gail at 310-433-2298 or gailwise2@gmail.com.

2015 May 9, Saturday. O: Red Box to Strawberry Potrero and return via Colby Canyon. Susan Campo, Diane Zaepfel. This is an all day local hike. 10 mile loop, dependent on a car shuttle return. Moderate 1500 foot gain and loss. We will take our time and enjoy the scenery! Bring lunch, boots, 2 liters of water, poles if you use them. Meet at 8:30 am at the La Canada car pool point. Don’t forget your parking Adventure Pass. Please RSVP at least 24 hours before the trip and tell leader if you are willing to drive in a short car shuttle. Hiking DOGS with leash and extra water will be allowed. Questions? Contact Susan at susanlucillecampo@yahoo.com.

2015 May 17, Sunday. O: Las Virgenes Cyn Figure-8 Loop Hike. Dora Olea, Amanda Smith. The canyon is an Open Space Preserve area as an unspoiled landscape in the Simi Hills that straddles the Los Angeles-Ventura county line. The canyon was the domain of the Native American Chumash people, later it was used as filming high-profile movies including Gone with the Wind, Duel in the Sun, They Died With Their Boots On, as well as dozens of TV shows and commercials. In 2004, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy made the land an open space preserve, open to the public, and protecting several endangered or sensitive species of plant and animals such as the red-legged frog. The bucolic pastoral open space contains nine miles of seasonal streams that form the headwaters of Malibu Creek. Chaparral-dotted hills encompass live oak, cottonwoods, sycamores and walnut trees. The area is an important wildlife corridor connecting the Santa Susana Mountains with the Santa Monica Mountains. We will follow a creek bed through gorgeous oak woodland, then gently winds through rolling grasslands with distant views. En route, the trail crosses a saddle and drops into a lush, forested canyon. The trail then connects with the adjacent loop to the eastern canyon encircled by Laskey Mesa and a broad plateau. A moderate pace hike with approx. 7 miles round trip. About 776’ ft. elev. gain/loss. K-9 welcome. Wear layers, bring water, lug soles, sunscreen, and a potluck lunch item to share. Meet 9 am along the curb. From Ventura Freeway/highway 101 in Calabasas, exit on Las Virgenes Rd. Drive 1.5 miles north to the posted trailhead at the end of the road. Park along the curb. Heavy rain cancels. Questions? Contact Dora at chamacasister@gmail.com.

2015 May 23, Saturday. The Getty Museum. Nancy Beverly, Jeff Johnson. Join us on another of Jeff and Nancy’s periodic trips to the Getty for an art mash-up like no other. This time it’s to look at Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography; Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity; and the paintings of J.M.W. Turner (sixty key oil paintings and watercolors, this exhibition is “the first to focus on the unfettered creativity of Turner's final years”). The museum opens @ 10 a.m. Be parking your car at that moment and getting on the shuttle up the hill so we can meet at the top of the steps before the museum entrance at 10:15 to beat the crowds. Location: 1200 N. Sepulveda, L.A. Entrance is free, parking is $15. Bring water, snacks, lunch money if you like and your camera for the outdoor views and flowers. Contact Jeff (jgj@cheerful.com) or Nancy (nancybeverly @sbcglobal.net) about carpooling from either Long Beach or the Valley.

2015 June 5-7, Fri - Sun. Marion Mountain carcamp, San Jacinto day hike. Dora Olea, Teresa Nick, Grace Hengst.  TBD.

 

2015 June 13, Saturday. O: Mt. Baldy (10064’). Dora Olea, Kirk Olsen. Yes, we are hiking up Mt. Baldy!! We will hike at a moderate pace, 8.5 mi. rt., 3900’ gain/lost. We will go from Manker Flat trailhead to summit via the Sierra Club Ski Hut and return via the Backbone Trail to Baldy Notch and the fire road under the ski lift. Optional descent from Baldy Notch uses the ski lift ($15). If you are hiking Kearsarge Pass with us on June 19, please consider to enjoy this hike for acclimation purposes. Meet 7:20 am at Manker Flats TH to start the hike promptly at 7:30 am. Bring 10 essentials, 3 qts. water (more if it's hot out), lunch, snacks, lugsoles, sunscreen, hiking poles. USFS Adventure Pass required (parking). Bathrooms are at the trailhead. Directions: 210 E. exit on Baseline Rd. Turn left, next light turn right on Padua Av., right onto Mt. Baldy Rd. Go past Mt. Baldy Village 2 mi. and stay on Mt. Baldy Rd. as it curves left at Icehouse Cyn. Rd. Continue driving 2 mi. to Manker Flat trailhead on your left-hand-side. Questions? Contact Dora at chamacasister@gmail.com.

2015 June Jun 19 - Jun 21, Fri - Sun. O: Kearsarge Pass (11,660’) Onion Valley carcamp. Dora Olea, Heather Sargeant.  TBD.

 

2015 Jun 28 - Jul 4, Sun - Sat. O: New Mexico: North of Taos. Mike Brostoff, Grace Hengst. Spend a week in Northern New Mexico at Takoja Retreats. Nestled on 40 acres, 28 miles north of Taos, the Takoja Retreat Center is surrounded by tall mountains and wide expanses of sage and cedar. There are many activities to suit everyone from exploring unlimited hiking trails and mountains, (including Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico standing at over 13,000 feet) to Taos with its pueblo and diverse artist scene. The mountains offer much more wildlife viewing than we are accustomed to in California. Bighorn sheep, black bears, and marmots are common, with an occasional mountain lion or porcupine sighting for the off trail adventurer, and don’t forget, the coyotes will sing you to sleep every star-filled night. There will be a few group activities, but most of the week is left free to spend the time as you wish. You have your option of camping on the property or staying in the two Adobe domes complete with kitchen, bathrooms, showers. They’ve added authentic New Mexico cuisine to com­plement the full buffet breakfasts served every day. In addition, there are three complete evening dinners and one supper of gourmet leftovers. Price for the trip varies depending on the accommodations you choose:          Dome: Two person loft with private bathroom, $410 (per person)                         Dome: Communal sleeping area: $375                                                             Camping: $325.

Since the acoustics of the domes can generate a lot of noise, we encourage people to camp. Campers will have access to the bathrooms and showers. Please send check payable to GLS, phone number, address and email address to Mike Brostoff 11220 Moorpark #110 North Hollywood, 91602. If interested in the loft, please contact Mike first to check for availability. The trip is open as we publish.

2015 July 11 - 12, Fri – Sun. O: Backpack to Twin Peaks: Eastern Twin (7761’). Dora Olea, Grace Hengst.  TBD.

 

 

 

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