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Don’s Rocky IV Turkey Trot

Want to walk off some of that Thanksgiving feast and not deal with the shopping mall crowds? Then let’s do our annual after Thanksgiving Day Don’s Rocky IV Not the Movie. This is about a five hour hike, so we should be back to our cars by 2:00pm or thereabouts.

Distance: 9 miles Dual Rating: Baldy Lovers: 3/10 Baldy Haters: 6/10

Elevation gain: 1400 feet The Trail: A figure 8 loop through 4 rocky parks.

The Plan: I’ve improved a previous route as we’ll be taking the Old Stagecoach Road to Rocky Peak to Corriganville Park via the Wildlife Corridor to Chatsworth Park to our cars.

Bring lunch as there are ample picnic tables in Corriganville.

The Old Santa Susana Stagecoach Road is a route taken by early travelers between the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley near Chatsworth, California via the Santa Susana Pass. The main route climbs through what is now Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, with a branch in Chatsworth Park South. It was an important artery linking the Los Angeles Basin and inland Ventura county, and was part of the main route for travel by stagecoach between Los Angeles and San Francisco from 1861 until the opening of rail traffic between the cities in 1876. The Old Santa Susana Stage Road is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dogs are welcome, if friendly and must be leashed, washed, fed and picked up after. Be on the lookout for rattlesnakes, ticks, zombies, great views, awesome sights, friendly fellow hikers and martians.

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Directions: Go west on Devonshire from Topanga Canyon as if you are going to Chatsworth Park. Instead of driving into the (closed) park entrance, turn left (south) on Larwin Street and go one block until you come to a chain link fence on your right. This is very easy to locate because in addition to the fence, an old set of power lines runs directly overhead. Park along the curb. We will enter the park through a gap in the fence.

1 – A walk

2 – A longer walk

3 – 3 mile hike w/little elevation gain

4 – 5+ mile hike w/500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increases at times)

5 – 5+ mile hike w/1000 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increasing even more at times)

6 – 7+ mile hike w/1000 ft. elevation gain

7 – 7+ mile hike w/1500 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be trying to remember how to do CPR)

8 – 5+ mile hike w/2000 ft. elevation gain (a great feeling of accomplishment when done)

9 – use your imagination

10 – I don’t lead or do these.

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November 26 2021


Date: November 26, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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10267 Larwin Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311 US

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