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March 8 - 9, Sat – Sun. O: Backpack: CHRT, Joshua Tree National
Park. Dora Olea, Jeff Johnson; and Susan Campo supporting.
Backpacking at Joshua Tree on the California Riding and Hiking Trail
is our next adventure. This time we will hike about 16.5 miles in
two days. It is a beautiful experience that you cannot miss. On
Saturday, we will pack in about 6.5 miles and set up the camp in the
middle of nowhere. On Sunday, we will hike out around 10 miles. This
trip requires backpacking experience and involves a car shuttle.
Optional Mexican Feast on Sunday. Space is limited. Cost is only $20
per person. This includes camping fees on Friday and other group
expenses. For more info and RSVP contact leader Dora at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or phone 213-200-0239.
March 15, Saturday. O: O’Melveny Park. 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 email@example.com.
March 22, Saturday, 10 a.m. La Jolla Canyon Loop: Rebirth.
Teresa Nick, Amanda Smith. 7.5 miles, 1200' gain,
moderate pace. La Jolla Canyon burned in the Springs Fire last year.
It's still somewhat surreal with blackened-stick bushes all around
and a few patches that didn't burn. It's starting to come back. My
favorites are the yucca bombs - they're still black but have green
shoots coming out of the top. It's really neat. There are all kinds
of little plants that may not do well with the heavier plant cover.
This is your chance to see ecological succession in progress. We'll
start up La Jolla Canyon with its dry waterfall and returning
wildlife, including lizards. Then there's a fire road with views for
miles. You are on the roof of Malibu. Lastly, we head down the
gorgeous Ray Miller Trail, with views of the Pacific with every
step. If you're up for it, we'll all rendezvous at Neptune's Net
biker restaurant after. Bring at least 2 liters of water, lug soles,
sun glasses, and sun screen. There is a pay parking lot at the
trailhead or you can try to park on PCH and walk in (allow extra
time). RSVP to leader at firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-384-0421 or
email@example.com, 323-646-0771. Rain cancels.
March 30 Sunday. Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Barbara
Edwards, S.K Chiou. Please join us in a very special
birthday celebration for our own Grace Hengst. Occupying the heart
of the historic Rancho Santa Anita, the Los Angeles County Arboretum
& Botanic Garden is a unique 127 acre botanical garden and
historical site. Home to plant collections from all over the world,
including many rare and endangered species, the Arboretum also
houses outdoor historical landmarks that include Native American,
Rancho Period, and late 19th century treasures. The Arboretum is
also an animal sanctuary. In addition to the Arboretum’s famous
peacocks, visitors will see species of resident and migratory birds,
aquatic creatures, as well as numerous species of small reptiles and
mammals. Plan on a 3 mile stroll with 200 ft. gain. We will return
to our cars for an early picnic, birthday cake, and then continue on
our walk. If we are lucky, we will see the Pink trumpet tree, a
South American native that produces its brilliant display of color
in early spring through early summer. Meet at 9:30 am at the
entrance. Bring lunch or money for the cafe. Rain or excessive heat
cancels outing. Admission $9 adults, $6 seniors. Free parking. From
the 210 heading east, Exit Baldwin, turn right (south); go for 1/4
mile. The Arboretum will be on the right, across from the Santa
Anita Race Track, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA, 91007.
http://www.arboretum.org/. Please RSVP to leader if possible, in
case of last minute changes firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 11 - 14, Friday – Monday. O: "Big O" Birthdays Celebration at
Joshua Tree - carcamp. Dora Olea, Grace Hengst. Join us
on this 4-day adventure about hiking and celebrating all the
birthdays that fall in a "Big O" number such as 20's, 30's, 40's,
50's, 60's, 70's 80's etc. Do not tell Grace but we will celebrate
her “Big 70” with carne asada and her favorite glass of wine. Each
day we will hike around the park or if you chose 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 and more details will be provided at
the RSVP. Contact Ltd: Dora ASAP at email@example.com. The
campsites are first come, first served. Please let Grace know if you
are willing and able to drive to Joshua Tree and camp a couple days
early, say on Thurs or even Wed to help hold sites at Ryan
Campground. If so, call Grace at 323-697-6886.
April 19, 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 five miles
roundtrip, with 1300’ gain/loss, this is a moderate hike (but can
seem taxing if you’re out of shape – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 26, Saturday. O: Puerco Canyon. Anna Baum, Jeff Johnson.
Puerco Canyon Road is a tiny residential street of Malibu mansions
that deadends into a fire road. The fire road weaves up the mountain
providing amazing ocean views. The road eventually connects with the
Backbone Trail, which leads to a well-known rock outcropping. We
will have lunch at the rock outcropping and return the same way we
came and revel in the beauty. On a clear day, you can see the ocean
between Long Beach and the Orange County coastline. Round-trip: 10
miles, 2500' elevation gain. Bring at least 2 quarts of water,
lunch, and the 10 essentials. Meet at 9:00 AM at the parking area
for Malibu Seafood which is located on PCH, 1.8 miles north of
Malibu Canyon Road. Malibu Seafood is the sign that has the sun
bathing and sun burned lobster. Rain cancels. Questions? Contact
Anna at email@example.com.
May 3, Saturday. O: Channel Island Day. Hike Mike Brostoff, Amanda
Smith. NOTE: The starting time is an hour later than in
previous years. The Channel Island day hike has now become an annual
GLS tradition, attracting over two dozen participants each time. We
will be taking a ferry to Santa Cruz Island where we will be
offering a variety of hikes for different levels. There is no
drinking water or food on the island, so pack your pack like a
normal outing. After returning to the mainland, we will head over to
a nearby restaurant (optional.) We will meet at Island Packers 1691
Spinnaker Drive Ventura Harbor 93001 at 8:15 AM. 805- 642-1393. The
boat leaves at 9:00 AM. The ride is an hour and we should return to
Ventura Harbor by 6:30 PM. The cost for the trip is $65.00. Most of
the fee pays for the ferry, the extra will be sent to Sierra Club
conservation. Send a check made payable to GLS by April 17th to:
Mike Brostoff, 11220 Moorpark #110, Studio City CA 91602. After
April 17th, please contact Mike to check for availability. Please
include a note indicating whether you are interested in dinner
afterwards, your e-mail address and the best phone number to reach
you at. If you do not have e-mail then please include a SASE. Bring
minimum 2 quart water, lugsole hiking boots, snacks, & 10
Essentials. Note: in the rare case that weather may be poor, call
805-642-1393 after 5:30AM on the day of the trip. A recording will
indicate whether the boat is canceled.
May 24 - May 26, Sat - Mon. O: Telescope Peak (TRIP IS FULL). Susan Campo, TBA.
This wonderful hike in DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK will not be
hot like the rest of the park at this time. Hopefully all snow has
just melted off the peaks and nights will be cold. Only experienced
hikers should apply. Trip is limited to 10 and mostly determined by
your means of transportation. Mahogany Flats (8,100 feet elev.)
campground is 1.5 miles up a very steep gravel road past the
Charcoal Kilns and is accessible ONLY by 4x4 , high clearance
vehicles (strong trucks). Mahogany Flats has no water so you must be
prepared for wilderness camping. Thursday, we will drive up and save
campsites in case you need to come on Friday night. Friday we will
stretch our legs on Wildrose Peak about 10 miles, 2,200 ft gain.
Saturday will be a rest and acclimatization day. Bring some fun
games. Sunday we climb Telescope Peak, 14 miles RT, 3000 ft gain.
NOTE: The Leader Susan reserves the right to change the day of the
hike to Sat. due to weather. Monday morning we depart for home. This
hike was first led by Susan in the early years of GLS; then led
yearly by Steve Green for several years, making it a historic GLS
hike. This is the leader’s favorite hike in Southern California
because from the top you can see the highest peak in the USA,
Whitney, AND the lowest point in the USA, Badwater! If you wish to
reserve, you MUST send leader your info. AND hiking experience AND
the type of vehicle you will be driving AND if you are willing to
take any passengers. Even parking space is limited up there. TRIP IS
FULL, with one exception - if you have a 4x4 vehicle or truck and
wish to attend, please contact leader ASAP..
June 14, Saturday. O: Mount San Antonio Mt. Baldy (10,064’) and West
Baldy (9,988’). Dora Olea, Sharon Kirk.
TJoin us for a steep and strenuous but moderately paced hike to one
of our favorite local peaks. We’ll start at Manker Flats with a
brief stop at the SC San Antonio Ski Hut, arriving at the top of Mt.
Baldy, 9 mi rt, 4000’ gain/loss. If time and energy permit we’ll
walk over to West Baldy (9,988’, not an official HPS peak) before
returning the way we came to the TH. Meet at 7:00 am at the Manker
Flats TH (at locked gate to the Baldy fire road) or 5:30 am at the
Tustin rideshare (R side of Stater Bros). Bring 10 essentials
including 3 liters water, lunch/snacks, lug-soled boots, hat,
sunscreen, layers, rain gear. Rain cancels. Leaders: Dora Olea,
firstname.lastname@example.org, and Sharon Kirk, email@example.com.