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Los Pinetos Trail 7 mile or 9 Mile (to Peak / Antennas)

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Los Pinetos Trail 7 mile or 9 Mile (to Peak / Antennas)

Sunday October 02, 2022 : Los Pinetos Trial to Wilson Saddle, or on to Los Pinetos Peak (the Antennas), Both are Out and Back

** IF RAIN IS FALLING AT TRAILHEAD THIS HIKE WILL BE CANCELED **

Hike: Meet at 7:15 AM to head up trail at 7:30 AM (details below)

DISTANCE:
7 miles Total, Out and Back style (i.e. the same way) to saddlel
9 miles Total, Out and Back style (i.e. the same way) to Los Pinetos Peak (the Antennas)

GAIN: 1800′

RATING: Moderate + (need some hiking experience)

DURATION (Approx.): ~ 3.5 hours hiking

DESCRIPTION:
This hike is a good standby hike. The area has recovered after the Sand Fire, almost 7 years ago, especially the beautiful forested top half, so it is definitely worth a re-visit.
This hike is all gain to the top (especially the heart thumping first mile) and downhill all the way back. We climb on single track through beautiful chaparral (toyan, california bay, yuccas and oaks). Eventually after a mile of oak forest and green ferns, we emerge on the Santa Clara Truck trail at Wilson Saddle. Depending on weather, we will snack here or at Antenna. There is also a restroom at the saddle and a picnic table. Most folks will want to go to the peak but if you just want to go back down the trail that is fine too as it is impossible to get lost. As it will be a clear crisp but gusty day the views on all sides should be excellent.

Directions to Walker Ranch Trailhead from Hwy 14 North
19388 Placerita Canyon Road (34.378100, -118.442680):
After the HWY 14 North splits from the 5, take Exit #3 off the 14. Head EAST for 3.2 miles to the East Walker Ranch Gate lot. (It is 1.7 miles after the Nature Center, on the right).

NOTE!!!! PARKING AT WALKER RANCH gate itself is limited. However, there are turnouts near the gate, and a lot of roadside parking at the side of the road across from the gate. Read Parking Restriction signs/ park behind white line. Given group size, please park close to one another, maximizing space. Leave no valuables showing. WATCH FOR TRAFFIC IF CROSSING!

MEET YOUR LEADER:
At the Walker Ranch Gate at 7:15AM for a 7:30AM SHARP departure up the trail. Allow extra time to sign in and park safely.

Leader’s Note: Due to group size, try to use a restroom before arriving. However, just in case, there is a porta-pottie at the start of the trail and also a vault toilet at the saddle (1/2 way point).

BRING:
Snack to eat at Wilson Saddle, water (2 L) with some electrolytes, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and maybe your camera. Windbreaker, gloves as it is cold windy tomorrow.

WEAR: Hiking boots/ shoes with good tread; layered clothing and hiking poles if you have them.

Adventure Pass: Not required

Dogs: OK, but MUST be kept on a leash and well behaved. Please bring and use dog litter bags.

Hike Leader: Paul H.

October 02 2022

Details

Date: October 2, 2022
Time: 12:30 am - 4:30 am
Hiking Group:
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Venue

Walker Ranch Trailhead

19798 Placerita Canyon Rd
Newhall,CA91321US

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Organizer

Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club
Email:
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