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A cooler pinier hike only an hour or so from LA: 8.5 miles, 1600+’ total gain

September 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Note: fires in area, red flag conditions or extreme heat cancels.
Note: This hike is cross posted with CHAT:https://www.meetup.com/Conscious-Hikers-and-Thinkers and the total going may be updated to reflect the actual # expected to attend.

This will be a moderate hike at 2.478 mph to the summit of Mount Pinos (8831 ft.), then on to Sawmill Mountain. It is an out and back hike with about 8.5 miles and a total gain of over 1600′ with some up and down. It is mostly above 8,000 feet and you may experience some altitude effects so hydrate appropriately and bring medications you might want to use. I expect to be done by midday, but bring a small potluck item (can leave in your car) for lunch near the trailhead.

The hike begins at the 8340′ Nordic trailhead–a popular cross country ski spot that is a relatively easy stroll to the summit of Mt. Pinos (at 8831 ft.)–and continues along a pine scented trail descending and then ascending to Sawmill Mountain (8818 ft.). If the group is in the mood, we may continue on to Sheep Camp. Because the hike is out and back, hikers wishing to turn back early may do so whenever they like.

Directions: From the LA area take I-5 North to the Frazier Park exit and turn left, passing under the freeway and continuing west on Frazier Park Road for 12 miles until you see signs for Mt. Pinos. Stay to the left at the main fork and follow the road as it twists and turns 9 miles to end at the Nordic Hut parking area. This is a free parking area and we don’t need no stinkin’ adventure pass. Meet by the Mt Pinos trailhead on the left side of the parking lot a bit before the little store. Carpooling from someplace in LA or the Flying J motel/truck stop area in Frazier Park is recommended.

NOTE: Smelly port-a-potties at the trailhead. The best bathrooms are at fast food place or gas station near the I-5 Frazer Park exit. These are also good places to FILL your water bottles. Bring at least two liters of water and hydrate during the drive.

10 hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234). Prepare for hot dusty trails and ALWAYS have enough in your pack to survive the night if necessary (some warm clothes if above 5000′); sturdy hiking shoes or trail runners; at least 2 liters of water, electrolytes, salty snacks, sweet snacks; hat and sunscreen.

Please read this entire description carefully and do NOT sign up unless you are prepared for the distance, gain, difficulty and pace.

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By joining on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service: http://www.meetup.com/terms

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September 8, 2019
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Mt. Pinos Nordic base
1,000,000 Mt Pinos Road
Ventura/Kern County line, CA US
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Los Angeles Hiking Group
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Trail statistics are approximate.  For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.

Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.

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