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Vanalden Cave to Eagle Rock Full Moon Potluck

May 18 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Since the full moon falls on a Saturday this month, we have more time to explore the area before heading up to Eagle Rock. We will hike a very short distance and spend some time exploring Vanalden Cave. This area has some unique rock formations and is a great spot to stop and take a group pic. We will then head up the fireroad to the Garapito Trail that will lead us right up to Eagle Rock. Bring food and drinks to share, your official VHC reusable cup and plate and a headlamp. I will bring separate bags for trash and recycle.

Instead of starting from Reseda Blvd, we will begin our adventure off of Vanalden, slightly west of and parallel to Reseda. Follow the parking instructions below to avoid getting a ticket after 9 PM (if we happen to get back late).

May 2019’s Flower Moon is a Seasonal Blue Moon. It’s the third full moon in an astronomical season with four full moons. Moonrise is at 7:52 pm. Sunset is at 7:49 pm.

Distance: >9 miles

Trail: fire roads, single track

Elevation gain: >1200

Don’s write up:

Eagle Rock, located in Topanga SP, is the primary attraction of this hike. It juts impressively out from the hillside, with dramatic shear cliffs on three sides. There is easy access to the top of Eagle Rock from the trail. The usual route to Eagle Rock is via Topanga SP, but that would be too short for our group as we’re a bit more adventurous.
As usual bring ample supplies of liquid refreshment, snacks, sunscreen and dress accordingly depending on the weather conditions.

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed in state parks.

Bring:

— Pack some food to share and a beverage of choice

— Official VHC reusable cup and plate

— Headlamp

— Warm layers – it can get breezy and cold once the sun goes down

I will bring one bag for trash and one for any type of recyclable

Directions:

From the 101 Fwy, take the Reseda exit heading south. Make a right on Wells Dr. and a left on Vanalden. Take Vanalden until you reach the end. There’s parking of both sides of the street until 9 PM but I recommend parking on Gleneagles Dr. to avoid getting fined, if you get back late. When returning to your car, keep in mind, this is a residential area.

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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.

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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.

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Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/events/261143191/

Organizer

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

Location

Eagle Rock from Vanalden
3645 Gleneagles Dr
Tarzana, CA US
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Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/events/261143191/

Organizer

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

Location

Eagle Rock from Vanalden
3645 Gleneagles Dr
Tarzana, CA US
+ Google Map

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