SCHEDULE FOR August 2015
August 1, 2015 - VIEWS — Five Deer trail from Artesian Springs Camp to Martindale Ridge Road
Distance: 10 Miles RT (out and back)
Gain: 1000′ Approx.
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Rating: Moderate ++ (for distance)
Description: This is a new beautiful hike that starts at 3800′ (2600′ above Santa Clarita Valley). We hope to escape the heat and catch some breezes / views as we hike the Angeles National Forest. After a short 30 minute drive up Bouquet Canyon, we drive 2 miles up a forest road to the start of our hike at Artesian Springs camp. Hiking along a little used single track bike trail, we pass through old growth chaparral and periodically dip into shady canyon doglegs. Along the way, we enjoy wildflowers, views across Bouquet Reservoir to Grass mountain, the Sierra Pelona below and later Mt. McDill. Passing some interesting rock outcrops, our turnaround point has a panoramic view of the Sierra Pelona area with Agua Dulce in the distance. We will break for a snack under a huge shady oak.
Meet your Leader and the Carpool: In the Santa Clarita Best Buy parking lot (26531 Bouquet Canyon Road ) at 7:00AM for a 7:15AM SHARP departure.
Directions to the Carpool meeting spot: From the I-5 freeway heading North toward Castaic, exit at Newhall Ranch Road (Route 126), head East off the ramp along Newhall Ranch toward Valencia. Continue 4.4 miles to the intersection with Bouquet Canyon. Turn left at the light and left again at the next light into the Best Buy parking lot (26531 Bouquet Canyon Road). Meet in front of the Best Buy store entrance.
Carpooling to the trailhead: NOTE — We will drive 20 miles up Bouquet Canyon to the Forest road 6N08 gate. Then we will be driving 2 miles off-road from Bouquet Canyon, along 6N08 . It is a rough road, so we will need high clearance vehicles (i.e. SUV/ pick ups) , but not necessarily 4WD . I had no problem at all with my Subaru Outback. We need enough of this vehicle type for the carpool, otherwise everyone is going to have to get very “friendly”. So, if you can help contribute to this special carpool, please let me know ahead of time, so I can ensure we have enough space. Please be respectful of your driver’s support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas — THX.
Adventure Pass: Yes (just in case). These can be obtained at Sports Chalet in Stevenson Ranch or any BIG 5 Sporting Goods store; $5 for a day pass, $30 for a year pass.
BRING: Hiking Poles, lunch/snacks, at least 2 –3L of water and some electrolytes, camera, hat and sunscreen. Wear hiking shoes/boots with good tread — No flip-flops!
Dogs: OK, must be on a leash and if well behaved around other dogs and people with hiking poles. If we carpool and you bring a dog, please plan to drive yourself to the trailhead.
Leader: Steve i.
August 8, 2015 — Santa Paula Canyon to the Punchbowls
Distance: 7 miles roundtrip — out and back hike
Hiking Time: 4 hours approx.
Rating: Moderate +++
Description: This hike will lead you into a peaceful world of waterfalls, swimming holes, tranquil pools, and shaded woodlands but does see heavy use on weekends. We will begin the hike at the entrance to St. Thomas Aquinas College. Follow the signs and please stay on the road. After 0.5 miles you will begin your hike on the Santa Paula Canyon Trail. The trail will take you by Big Cone and Cross Camp. We will hike by many swimming holes and have great views into the gorge. The Punch Bowls are a lot of fun, bring a pair of water shoes and prepare to get wet. Unfortunately the area now has a lot of graffiti and some trash left by irresponsible people. On our way out please bring a plastic bag to help remove some trash.
Carpool: The address above is for the trailhead, however, it is best to carpool from Towsley Canyon (24255 The Old Road, Newhall, CA) to reduce the # cars at the trailhead. Meet your leader at Towsley Cyn (outside the gate at 6:45AM for a 7:00AM SHARP departure to the trailhead. Please be respectful of your driver’s support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas — THX.
Alternatively, you can meet the group outside of the Thomas Aquinas College on the Ojai Santa Paula Rd (CA-150) at 07:45AM. We will start up the trail at 8:00AM SHARP.
Directions: Take the I-5 north and exit Newhall Ranch Rd (exit 172). Turn left onto CA-126. Drive 28 miles and exit on 10th/CA-150. Turn right onto 10th St. Go 0.5 miles and make a slight right onto Ojai Rd/CA-150. Follow the road to St. Thomas College and park off the road on the left.
Bring: Plenty of water (3 — 4 L, if it is very hot), electrolytes, a snack, and shoes with good tread. Sunscreen.
Dogs: OK, if well behaved around other dogs and hikers with sticks. If bringing one, please drive yourself to the trail head.
Adventure Pass: Not Required.
August 15, 2015 — OCEAN BREEZES — Mugu Peak via the Chumash Trail; La Jolla Valley Grasslands and the Ray Miller trails
Distance: ~10 mile loop
Gain: About 1500′, mostly in the first mile
Rated: Moderate ++ (significant gain at start and overall hike length)
Time: ~ 5 hours hike time
Description: Let’s cool off by the ocean! This 10 mile hike will take us to Mugu Peak (moist air, sea breezes and temperatures usually ~20 degrees cooler than Santa Clarita!). Depending on the time of day, we may be immersed in sea fog (yum!), sunshine, or a mixture as it burns off. I was there recently and the wind driven fog streaming over the peak and the sun breaking through was almost surreal.…and refreshing! We start on the Chumash trail and head straight up up up to Mugu peak because La Jolla Canyon was badly damaged by floods and that usual route is now closed. So, with the worst part over, we head down and South from the peak and turn East into the La Jolla Valley. We traverse a large grassland area, with views of the Boney Mountains (below), the highest peaks in the Santa Monica Range.
Finally, we arrive at a burned out “Hike-In” campground. We will stop near here to snack and rest up a little. Then it is a some more gain as we head back West and up on the Overlook fire road to meet the Ray Miller trail. This trail drops us back at the La Jolla Canyon parking area where we will have staged a shuttle earlier. Then it is a short distance back North on PCH to where we left our cars in the Chumash Trail parking lot.
Santa Clarita Carpool, from WALMART parking lot (NOTE: this is not Towsley!!!!). Address is 27931 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91355:
The store is on the corner of the intersection of Copper Hill and Newhall Ranch Road. Meet at at 6:45AM in the Southwest corner of the parking lot. After we organize the carpools, we leave at 7:00AM SHARP and caravan to the Chumash Trail parking lot off Hwy 1 (PCH). Directions to the trailhead are below if you need to go directly.
Please be respectful of your driver’s support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas — THX.
Meet your leader at the Trailhead: Meet at the Chumash Trail parking lot trail head between 8:15 AM and 8:30AM. We will depart up the trail at 8:45 AM SHARP (after we have put some cars on PCH, near the La Jolla Canyon trailhead, about a mile south).
Directions from Santa Clarita to the Chumash Trail parking lot:
Take Newhall Ranch road 2 miles West over the 4 Freeway, where it becomes CA-126 West toward Ventura. Follow CA-126 W 34.9 miles until Exit 5 from CA-126 W to merge on to CA-118 East, toward Saticoy. Continue until the road T’s . Turn right on to Santa Clara Ave, which becomes Rice Ave and eventually merges into Route 1 (PCH) turning South. Stay on PCH going by Point Mugu Naval base, until you are by the ocean, see a SEABEES firing range in the sand dunes on the right, and a parking lot on the left. Turn left her into the Chumash Trail parking lot — WATCH FOR CARS AND MOTORCYCLES AS YOU TURN ACROSS PCH INTO THE LOT.
Bring: Poles if you have them, lunch/ snacks, bug spray and bug net (just in case), 3 liters of water. SUN SCREEN/ lip balm as this trail has very little shade. Depending on conditions, the views can be spectacular, so bring your camera.
Adventure Pass: Not required. Dogs: Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this trail.
Leader: Steve I.
Community Hiking Club
August 2015 Camping Trip
GRANDVIEW CAMPGROUND AND
ANCIENT BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
August 6–9, 2015
Grandview Camping Flier