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Pacific Crest Trail to Grass Mountain + Spruce Draw

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Pacific Crest Trail to Grass Mountain + Spruce Draw

DESCRIPTION: SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT FROM YOUR FAVORITE HIKING CLUB – WEEKDAY HIKES! This is a great local hike on a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). We start near Green Valley Ranger station using the PCT heading North. We will cross the fire road leading up to Grass Mtn, stop briefly if it is clear to enjoy the views of the Mojave Desert and Tehachapi. We will stay on the PCT and continue North. This is a beautiful shady portion of the PCT that takes us to remote Spruce Draw Canyon then on to the Fire Rd returning via the PCT. Also, you can go the whole distance or option an easier hike with a turnaround at Grass Mountain – your choice!

DETAILS:

  • Hike leader volunteer(s): Tim R.
  • Meet: Pacific Crest Trailhead at 8:45 am, departure at 9:00 am sharp (Mar 27).
  • Distance: Approximately 7.3 miles.
  • Elevation gain: Approximately 1,673 feet.
  • Time: Approximately 4.0 hours hiking including a snack break.
  • Conditioning: You need to be in generally good physical condition.
  • Dogs: Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.
  • Restrooms: None.
  • Adventure Pass: Not required.
  • Turnaround: If you want an easier hike option (5.0 mi./1,200 ft. gain) you can turn around at Grass Mountain.

IMPORTANT NOTES: We’ll hike at a brisk pace and ask everyone to stay with the group for a friendly and safe outing. There are no expected stream crossings, exposures, bugs or other warnings. As always, people may slip and fall, encounter poison oak, rattlesnakes, etc. on this hike. This event may be cancelled due to inclement weather before or at the start of the hike.

ESSENTIAL GEAR:
· Hiking boots and poles.
· Clothing layers recommended.
· Snacks and 2+ liters of water and electrolytes or salt tablets.
· Hat and sunscreen.

Additional Hiking and Survival Gear Recommendations (link)

THIS HIKE RANKING: Level 3, Intermediate (see chart below).
Please only sign up to attend hikes that are consistent with your ability. Based on your hiking during the last 90 days, how would you score on the CHC Hike rating scale of one to five assuming a brisk pace?

CHC HIKE RANKING SCALE:
1. Beginner: 1-3 miles, less than 500 feet elevation gain.
2. Beginner/Intermediate: 1-7 miles, less than 700 feet elevation gain.
3. Intermediate: 5-10 miles, 1000-2000 feet elevation gain.
4. Intermediate/Advanced: 7-12 miles, up to 3000 feet elevation gain.
5. Advanced: 10-17 miles, 3000 feet or more elevation gain.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION:
US Forest Service Green Valley Fire Station
40935 San Francisquito Canyon Rd, Green Valley, CA 91390

Driving Directions (link)

NAVIGATION & GEAR:
We highly recommend AllTrails or GAIA apps be installed on your cell phones and/or you print a copy of the trail map so you can personally navigate the trail if you need to.

GPS Trail Map (link for downloadable mobile version)

The Community Hiking Club is a Non-Profit 501C3 organization. We rely on donations to continue sponsoring hikes like this. Please contribute by donating via: Cash contribution (at each hike), or via Zelle at 6617135610; or via Venmo at: @Heidi-Webber-5

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY – IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
When you sign up for this event, you are releasing Community Hiking Club from any liability or responsibility with your participation in this group activity. While safety is a priority for everyone in the group, hiking can be inherently risky. By participating in any posted event, you are assuming responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Community Hiking Club (CHC) Meetup Group and its organizers and hike leaders are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in our events. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any Community Hiking Club Meetup events, you are releasing the Community Hiking Club Meetup Group and Hike Leaders from all liability in case of possible injuries or death 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. If you sign up for this hike, you are verifying that this hike is within your abilities.

March 27 2024

Details

Date: March 27
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hiking Group:
RSVP: Visit Meetup Website

Venue

US Forest Service Green Valley Fire Station

40935 San Francisquito Canyon Rd
Green Valley,CA91390US

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Organizer

Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club
Email:
Website: Visit Organizer Website

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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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