Hike to Henninger for sunset. Bring layers, headlamp and snack to share (optional).
This write up is Don’s:
Length: 6 miles
Gain: 1600 ft.
Trail: mostly fire road
Due to it being a weekday, we’ll be doing the standard out and back route up to Henninger. After a fairly level beginning from Eaton we’ll have a fairly steep uphill on a single track trail which will take us to the Old Mt. Wilson Toll Road. The rest of the way is a steady uphill. Once at Henninger we’ll take a short break and enjoy the views before heading back down. There are bathrooms up there: will they be open?
The County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Forestry Division operates a unique forest nursery and conservation center in the San Gabriel Mountains called Henninger Flats. This nursery provides trees for environmental projects throughout the County. Free trees are also available to the public for conservation purposes from December through March. The visitor center provides a place for conservation education and was funded in large part by State license plate funds.
In the visitor center, a scale model of the San Gabriel Mountains helps visitors to learn about the Eaton Canyon watershed, and provides them with the natural and social history of the Henninger Flats area.
Visitors can also learn about mammals and their eating habits from the mammal skull displays, which contains the skulls of coyotes, squirrels, badgers and other mammals that are indigenous to the area. Visitors can also learn about the many other varieties of animals that live in the nearby mountains such as the bird species, and even rattlesnakes. The visitor’s center also has a huge pinecone display, which demonstrates how many of the huge trees in the area developed over time.
Click here for more info and History of Henninger (http://fire.lacounty.gov/Forestry/OpsHenninger.asp)
From the I-210 Foothill Freeway eastbound driving through Pasadena, exit at Sierra Madre Blvd./Altadena Drive. Turn left (north) at the first light (Altadena Drive).
From the I-210 westbound, exit at Sierra Madre Blvd./San Marino. Turn right (north) at the second light (Altadena Drive).
Follow Altadena Drive about 1.5 miles to New York Drive. Continue up Altadena Drive about one block and look for the Eaton Canyon Nature on the right. BEST TO PARK ON THE STREET since they lock the gate.
The Fine Print
PLEASE – Know your limits and abilities. Bring snacks and drink plenty of liquids when hiking. Check weather conditions and dress accordingly and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watching out for poison oak, snakes, ticks, uneven footing, spectacular views, beautiful fauna all while interacting with awesome (usually) fellow hikers can be extremely hazardous, rewarding and fun.
The Farzan Rule: Posted hike times are the time the hike starts or we leave from a posted shuttle location. I’m aware other Meetup groups offer a grace period for late arrivals; we don’t. It’s your responsibility to know the location of the meeting spot and be there and ready to participate at the posted time. If you have any concerns about the directions feel free to contact the organizer of the event, preferably in advance of the event and not at the start time. I’m of the opinion that it’s not fair to delay an event when the majority of attendees have arrived on-time. (so named after a conversation I had with a certain un-named member)
RSVP’s: If you RSVP for an event be responsible and update your RSVP if your plans change.
VHC HIKE RATING SCALE
Rating a hike is subjective, meaning the difficulty of a hike will be in direct relation to how often you hike and the type of hike you prefer. Keep in mind that any hike can have the following: un-even hiking surfaces, various obstructions, water and/or water crossings or bouldering and/or rock hopping. A great hike will have all of these!
1 – A long walk
2 – 4 mile hike w/little elevation gain
3 – 5 mile hike w/up to1000 ft. elevation gain
4 – 5+ mile hike w/up to1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increases at times)
5 – 7+ mile hike w/over 1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increasing even more at times)
6 – 7+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be trying to remember how to perform CPR)
7 – 5+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be muttering expletives to yourself)
8 – 10+ mile hike w/over 3500 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be angry with the hike leader)
9 – 10+ mile hike w/over 5000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be thinking of reporting the hike leader to the authorities)
10 – Use your imagination
Class 3 Scrambling: Scrambling or un-roped climbing. You must use your hands at times to hold the terrain or find your route. This may be caused by a combination of boulders, steepness and extreme terrain. Some Class 3 routes have ropes in place for assistance.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup events, you are releasing the Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup Group and it’s organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup “Terms of Service” located on the bottom of the Meetup website. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.