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Skyline Trail in the Verdugos

May 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Any pace welcome to do a Skyline out and back. The plan is to hike up to the Verdugo Motorway at a moderate pace, take in the views and head back the way we came. There will be a couple points to stop along the way to take a short break and regroup. It’s pretty straightforward but will mark the trail, if needed. Snacks to share are welcome but not required. Bring warm layers and a headlamp.

STATS

Distance: 6.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1700 feet.

Rating: Moderate 5/10, not for beginners.

Trail: Fire Road, Non-maintained Fire Road and Single Track w/very little shade.

This is not a shuttle hike. We will meet at the Skyline trailhead and make our way to the Verdugo Motorway, maybe go to one of the towers, and head back the way we came. When returning to the cars, please keep in mind this is a residential neighborhood.

Check the Weather (http://www.weather.com/outlook/driving/interstate/local/91501?lswe=91501&from=searchbox_localwx)

Directions:

If heading north on the 5 fwy, take Olive exit to Olive Ave. Head northeast, towards the mountains, until you reach the Country Club arch. Drive through. Road becomes Country Club Dr. Follow it until road veers right to S. Via Montana. Park on either side of street when the first house on the left comes into view.

If heading south on the 5 fwy, take the Verdugo Ave exit. Make a left. Follow the road as it turns left and becomes Verdugo. Head northeast, towards the mountains. Make a left on any of the ten streets to Olive Ave where you will turn right. Follow Olive until you reach the Country Club arch. Drive through. Road becomes Country Club Dr. Follow it until road veers right to S. Via Montana. Park on either side of street when the first house on the left comes into view.

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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. If your plans change at the last second and you’re not able to update your RSVP also let us know. In my opinion a no-show is someone who has no regard for following the guidelines we request from our members and will risk being removed from future events that have a limit.

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.

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 VHC 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 VHC Meetup events, you are releasing the VHC 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.

Details

Date:
May 15
Time:
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/events/261139576/

Organizer

V H C
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/

Location

Skyline Trailhead
300 South Via Montana
Burbank, CA US
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Details

Date:
May 15
Time:
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/events/261139576/

Organizer

V H C
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/

Location

Skyline Trailhead
300 South Via Montana
Burbank, CA US
+ Google Map

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