March 1, Sunday.
O: Josephine Peak (5558’) Josephine Saddle (4720’). Dora Olea, Grace
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 email@example.com.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 399-4035.
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:
email@example.com. Major rain cancels.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
11, Saturday. O:
Short Cut Canyon to West Fork to Red Box. Susan Campo, Kyla
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
19, Sunday. O:
Liberty Canyon / Malibu Creek State Park loop. Nancy Beverly, Gina
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Nancy (nancybeverly @sbcglobal.net) about carpooling from either
Long Beach or the Valley.
June 5-7, Fri -
Sun. Marion Mountain carcamp, San Jacinto day hike. Dora Olea,
Teresa Nick, Grace Hengst.
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 email@example.com.
June Jun 19 - Jun
21, Fri - Sun. O: Kearsarge Pass (11,660’) Onion Valley carcamp.
Dora Olea, Heather Sargeant.
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
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.
July 11 - 12, Fri
– Sun. O: Backpack to Twin Peaks: Eastern Twin (7761’). Dora Olea,
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