IMPORTANT NOTICE (Please read): This hike is being co-led with another group that I am a leader of, which is the Santa Clarita Valley Group, a section of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. As a participant of the hike, we only ask that you sign a waiver at the beginning of the hike (similar to joining CDH) that reads that you do not hold the Sierra Club or its agents liable if anything less than wonderful were to happen to you during the hike. And although the Sierra Club gets criticized for all their “over-the-top” rules, those rules are common sense rules to keep everybody safe and to respect the environment that they are in. I am certain that they are no different than what CDH members are already used to. The only requirement that is different that needs to be mentioned is that there will be two certified-Sierra Club leaders and that the participants stay between myself and the other leader that will be the designated sweep.
Description: This one-way hike is along the Pacific Crest Trail which also includes going by the plaque where the PCT trail was completed. The trail passes by large sandstone formations and offers some great views of the Angeles National Forest to the south (Mount Gleason ridgeline) and to the north (Sierra Pelona ridgeline). The hike concludes going through a canyon which has dramatic views of the cliff formations in the heart of the Vasquez Rocks. If you have never been on this section of the PCT, you will be in for a real treat.
Distance: Approximately 9.5 miles based on Google Earth.
Elevation Gain and Loss: Approximately 1,600 feet up and 1,400 feet down.
Pace: Between 2 to 2.5 miles per hour. We will ultimately go as fast as the slowest person by re-grouping periodically at certain locations. This hike is not intended to be a conditioning hike; it is more to appreciate the semi-arid scenery of the ridgelines and canyons, along with getting some exercise. Because of the car shuttle, the front of the group will need to wait for the end of the group to finish, so we can shuttle the drivers back to the starting location.
Level: Advanced beginners welcome. Tigers are welcome, too, but please respect the pace of the group. What to bring: Minimum two liters of water, lunch and snacks. Since it is still winter, please dress in layers to adjust for the changes in temperature during the hike.
Duration: The 3:00 pm ending time includes the car shuttle at the end of the hike. Please keep in mind that this is an estimated time and that things can happen that can take longer. Please do not join the group if you have an important engagement in the late afternoon; however, evening plans should be fine.
Meeting Time and Place : We will meet at 8:00 am at the Vons Parking lot in Canyon Country which is off Sand Canyon Road (Exit 9) off of the 14 Freeway. Turn left (north) on Sand Canyon Rd, go over the freeway, and turn left into the parking lot where Coco’s is located. Park on the northwest section of the parking lot just west of Starbucks. From there we can carpool and caravan to Vasquez Rocks and then to Indian Canyon.
Earlier Meeting Place and Time: Corner of Leonora St and Ponce Av in Woodland Hills at 7:15 am. No host will be there, so participants will have to arrange their carpooling. Please be willing to drive and have a full tank of fuel. Riders please be willing to share in the cost of the fuel. Also, please carpool with half of your vehicle capacity as we will need room in the vehicles for the car shuttle. No dirt roads, by the way.
Directions to Canyon Country from Woodland Hills: Take the US-101 East/South, I-405 North, I-5 North, then CA-14 North to Sand Canyon Road (Exit 9).