Looking forward to visiting the area with the waterfall flowing before it gets too hot. Bring a headlamp and warm layers. We will stop at the waterfall to explore a bit and for a snack break. Snacks to share are welcome but not mandatory.
This write up is Don’s:
Distance: 5-5.5 miles
Elevation Change: <1000
Rating : 3.5/10
Trail: Fire road, Uneven rocky terrain, a few shallow or dry stream crossings & Single track.
It’s not that long but a steady uphill in some areas. The first ¾ miles are mostly a fire road and then a trail the rest of the way. There are numerous stream crossings. The time change and recent rains should make the waterfall rather delightful. The trail is in great shape, but rocky in some areas. The trail follows Gold Creek and goes by some rustic cabins from the 1920’s, it continues along the creek through the canyon before heading up this amazingly deep canyon. At about 1.5 miles from the beginning we’ll get our first view of the falls. Our break will be at the 2.15 mile mark which is the top of the falls where there is plenty of room to relax and chill for a while as well some swimming holes to soak your feet (or yourself) in if you so desire. There is an area I will point out before we reach the falls that is a trail down to the bottom for those a bit more adventurous. It’s quite beautiful from down at the bottom. Bring your camera! Total hike time will depend on how much time we spend at the falls.
PLEASE READ EVERYTHING AND EMAIL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS!!
WARNING: There is poison oak at this location. It’s generally on the first ¾ of a mile and near the trail so I wouldn’t recommend bringing a dog on this one.
210 West exit at Sunland Blvd. (#11) and turn right (N) towards Sunland – Tujunga
210 East exit at Sunland Blvd (#11) and turn left (N) towards Sunland – Tujunga
Take Sunland Blvd which becomes Foothill Blvd. about .8 miles to Oro Vista Ave and turn left. There’s a Jack In The Box and 7-11 on the left and a Shell station on the right at Oro Vista Ave. Stay on Oro Vista Ave and it curves to the right and becomes Big Tujunga Canyon Road which will take you to the final road leading to the trail head. Be aware Big Tujunga Canyon Road in some places is in need of repair. The road to the trail head, NF 3n-29, is easy to spot, but not marked very well. It’s about 4.7 miles in from the curve at the end of Oro Vista Ave. On Big Tujunga Canyon Rd you will go over a bridge and pass a green sign on the right that tells you how far the road is open. You’re getting close. This road is on the left just before a brown sign that says “Delta Flats 500 ft”. If you pass Ottie Road you went too far. You will come to a Y shortly in, stay to the right on Trail Canyon and take it to the end which is our meeting spot.
This road is gated and could be closed. If it is, just park near the gate and be sure not to block it.
For those GPS people out there these coordinates are for where NF 3n-29 meets Big Tujunga: N34 18.224 W118 15.490.
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.
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.