SCHEDULE FOR Sep­tem­ber 2015

Sep­tem­ber 5, 2015 — Wel­don to East Canyon/ Mis­sion Peak

Local and so pop­u­lar .…..with dis­tance choices!

This is a 6 mile or a 9 mile hike, depend­ing upon the option you select — either one gets you ~ 1500’ gain! How­ever, most of that gain is in the first hour of the hike and we will take that part a lit­tle easier.

This hike, although it is in SCV, will whisk you away to rolling green hills, views and quiet oak wood­lands of the 480-acre Michael D. Antonovich Open Space. The area strad­dles the ridge­line of the Santa Susana Moun­tains and fea­tures mixed wood­lands of big cone Douglas-fir, big leaf maple, coast live oak, Cal­i­for­nia black wal­nut, native ash, and val­ley oak. Chances are high we will meet no one else for most of the way.

Shorter Hike route — Approx. 6 miles with ~1500′ gain: Wel­don Canyon and down East Canyon

Longer Hike route — Approx. 9 miles with ~1600′ + gain: Wel­don Canyon, Mis­sion Peak Roundtrip and then down East Canyon

We start by going steeply up Wel­don Canyon, then along a beau­ti­ful tree lined ser­vice road to reach the top of East Canyon. Here we will bid farewell to any hik­ers doing the shorter 6 mile hike, as they go directly down East Cyn, enjoy­ing Amer­i­can wal­nut trees, views of the entire SCV and Rice Canyon below.

The rest of us will con­tinue up East Canyon to where it meets the top of O’Melveny Canyon. We hike across the top, along grass­lands and an oak lined lane, over to Mis­sion Peak, which may be windy. We will have a lunch/ snack stop here and then return to the top of East Canyon and from there a nice down­hill hike back to our vehi­cles via East Canyon.

Meet your leader: At the base of East Canyon at 7:30AM for a 7:40AM SHARP depar­ture. Park on the Old Road, see detailed direc­tions below.

(VERY Short) Car­pool: We will leave most of the cars at the East Canyon loca­tion, and car­pool in a few cars a very short dis­tance to the Wel­don Canyon Trail head (22945 Coltrane Avenue, Newhall), it is just up the Old Road. Peo­ple who opt for the shorter 6 mile hike should plan to leave their cars at East Canyon. Note: At the end of the hike, a few of us will act as Car­pool­ers, tak­ing the peo­ple who kindly drove you the short dis­tance to Wel­don Canyon, back to their cars. (THANK YOU in advance for your assistance).

Direc­tions to East Canyon meet­ing spot: Exit the I-5 free­way at Cal­grove. Turn west. Fol­low Cal­grove around a curve and through one sig­nal. You will now be on The Old Road. Pass Towsley Cyn; Pass the Post Office; Pass the Church of the Nazarene but imme­di­ately after pass­ing the Church of the Nazarene, park along the side of the road, on the right. This is where we will meet.

Bring: Lots of water, snack/lunch, hik­ing poles if you have them and a cam­era if you have one. Good shoes with tread are a must have and bring an extra layer to avoid a chill if you are going to Mis­sion Peak (you will be cool­ing off and it can be windy up there).

Rated: Moderate/ Mod­er­ate+, depend­ing on whether you choose the longer hike. Most of the 1500′ gain is in the first hour of the hike up Wel­don Canyon.

Adven­ture Pass: Not required

Dogs: Ok, if on a leash and well-behaved with other dogs / people.

Leader: Steve I


Sep­tem­ber 12, 2015 — Chantry Flat/ Sturte­vant Falls, loop­ing back to Adam’s Mule Pack­ing station.

Hike Length: 8.4 Miles with 700 feet ele­va­tion gain.

Rat­ing: Easy++ to Moderate


The trail starts at Chantry Flat on a paved road, then becomes a sin­gle track trail past Roberts’ camp and then to Stur­de­vant Falls. After a rest we will hike back to Roberts’ camp and fol­low another hik­ing road back to Chantry Flat to com­plete a loop. The hike is well shaded and usu­ally has water flow­ing year round. There is lots of green­ery and rus­tic charm.

PARKING NOTE: this trail­head is very pop­u­lar, park­ing can be dif­fi­cult. By far the most dif­fi­cult thing with this hike is fig­ur­ing out where to park. The lot opens at 6AM and is usu­ally full by 7AM. For this rea­son, we have to leave SCV early and we rec­om­mend car­pool­ing. On week­ends, park­ing can be backed up a half mile down the road. If you are not able to park in the main lot for free or the pay­ing lot above it, you will have to park along the approach road. In that case, you will need an Adven­ture Pass on dis­play, if you want to avoid a ticket.

Direc­tions to Trail­head: From the 210 Fwy in Arca­dia head­ing East, take the Santa Anita Ave. exit. Turn left (North) on to Santa Anita Ave and drive 6 miles until the road dead­ends at Chantry Flat.

Car­pool: Meet at the Towsley Canyon front park­ing lot at 6:15AM. Car­pool arrange­ments will be made at that time and we leave at 6:30AM SHARP. Please be respect­ful of your driver’s sup­port by con­tribut­ing some­thing at the end of your car­pool to help defray the cost of gas.

Meet your Leader at the Trail­head: The group will meet at the lower trail­head, as you enter the park­ing lot (where the Restrooms are). WE plan to leave at 07:30AM.

Adven­ture Pass: Required if you park out­side the park­ing lot (which may end up being the case). You can buy an Annual pass at Sports Chalet.

Bring: A snack/lunch, water (3 liters is rec­om­mended), elec­trolytes if it is a hot day, sun­screen, hat, hik­ing poles if you have them, and your cam­era. Wear lay­ered cloth­ing and good boots with tread.

Bring some money if you want to enjoy a cold beer, a hot dog, or home­made chili at Adams Pack Sta­tion (above, estab­lished 1936) at the end of the hike. If we are lucky they will have their famous pulled pork sandwich.

Leader: Steve I


Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 19, 2015 — You Pick: Men­tryville and Pico Canyon

An EASY 4 miler; or Con­tinue up to the Peak above Pico Canyon, for a MODERATE 8 miler

Rating/ Dis­tance (Round Trip)/ Gain: Easy — 4 miles total, out and back / 200ft Gain

Descrip­tion: The first 2 miles of the hike starts in the town of Men­tryville, fol­lowed by a grad­ual climb on a paved road (with no traf­fic), until we reach Oil Well #4 at the back of the canyon. The well was owned by Cal­i­for­nia Star Oil, later to become Stan­dard Oil of California.

Along the way, CHC Board Mem­ber and Pres­i­dent, SCV His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety (Dr. Alan Pol­lack), will share his knowl­edge of Men­tryville and the early oil indus­try in Santa Clarita Val­ley. Alan will con­clude the his­tor­i­cal por­tion of the hike at the end of the 2 mile canyon. Any­one who does not to wish to con­tinue up to the Peak with Steve can return to the park­ing lot with Alan at this point to clock a nice Easy 4 miles!

Rating/ Dis­tance (Round Trip)/ Gain: Mod­er­ate — 8 miles total, out and back / 1200ft Gain

Descrip­tion: After Well #4 at the back of the canyon, Steve will start to climb the ser­vice road for another 2 miles and add another 1000 ft. get­ting to the peak. At the top there is a table where we can have lunch/snack, and relax for a bit. The views are some of the best in Santa Clarita Val­ley from this point! On our return, we will take a slight detour down a dif­fer­ent, more chal­leng­ing, but shorter trail back. We pass some very inter­est­ing rock for­ma­tions to arrive back in Pico canyon in John­son Park/ We pass a mock– up of an oil well, an old bar, and a danc­ing / recre­ation area used by the oil work­ers in the 1930’s. From there, we walk back down the canyon return­ing to our vehicles.

Meet: Be at the park­ing area in Men­tryville at 7:15 AM, for a 7:30 SHARP depar­ture up the trail. The hike will start as more of a walk.

Bring: Lots of water, snacks, and a cam­era, a hat and sun­screen. If going all the way to the top you need boots with plenty of thread — the return hike is down a nar­row steep trail. Poles are help­ful for the longer hike, if you have them. BRING CHANGE FOR SELF-SERVE PARKING!

Directions/ Park­ing: From Los Ange­les or Santa Clarita, take Lyons Avenue WEST over the 5 High­way and keep going, it will become Pico Canyon. Con­tinue on Pico until it ends in the town of Men­tryville. Go over the bridge and park close to the big pep­per tree by the rest room, where Steve will meet you. You must pay a $5 MRCA park­ing fee to park here. How­ever, if you wish to avoid this fee, you can park out­side Men­tryville for free (back at a “Y” / turnout you pass about 3/4 mile up the road). Then you walk in (for extra hik­ing credit!). If doing this, allow an addi­tional 20 — 30 min­utes for the walk in.

His­to­rian: Alan Pol­lack // Hike Leader: Steve I


Sep­tem­ber 26 — His­tor­i­cal Hike along the Sam Mer­rill trail to Echo Moun­tain / Mt Lowe Rail­way (Altadena Area)

Dis­tance: 5.9 miles approx. total, out and back. Gain: 1000′

Rated: Mod­er­ate

Descrip­tion: One of the great­est his­tor­i­cal hikes in the Ange­les National Forest.

The hike route used to be the right of way for the Lowe Moun­tain Rail­way. We will go up the trail to the ruins of an old hotel that burned down in 1936 on the top of Mt Lowe.

Alan Pol­lack from the Santa Clarita His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety will explain the his­tory of the area, espe­cially the ruins of the hotel and the remains of the rail­road that served it (it was the great­est incline rail­road in the world at one time). We will check out an old mega­phone that points up to Inspi­ra­tion point. Yell into it and hear your echo being repeated over and over again. That is why it is called Echo Moun­tain. There are also rem­nants of a reser­voir, ten­nis courts and an obser­va­tory nearby to check out.

Trans­port: (Park­ing can be a prob­lem at the trail head on weekends)

Option 1: Meet at Towsley Canyon park­ing area in front of the green gate at 7:00AM to arrange car­pools. We will leave at 7:15AM SHARP for Altadena.

Option 2: Meet at the Altadena Trail­head — Cobb Estate Gate at 8:00AM. Direc­tions to trail­head below.

The group will leave the trail­head at 8.15AM SHARP!

(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).

Direc­tions to the Trail head: Address — 3302 Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001

Coor­di­nates: 34.203811, –118.130507 (34° 12′ 13.71″N 118° 07′ 49.82″W)

Take 210 East from Santa Clarita. From the 210, take the Lake Avenue exit North over the high­way — from Pasadena into Altadena. Con­tinue on Lake Ave. north as it climbs the hill. Park­ing is at the end of the street, near the sharp left hand turn (E. Loma Alta Dr.), out­side the large gates of the Cobb Estate.

Per­mits: No per­mits are required, street park­ing only.

Bring: Water (3 liters is rec­om­mended), elec­trolytes if it is a hot day, sun­screen, hat, lunch/ snacks, hik­ing poles (which are very help­ful on the climb up), and your cam­era. Wear lay­ered cloth­ing in case it gets hot or cold. Wear good boots with lots of tread on this trail.

His­to­rian: Alan Pol­lack // Hike Leader: Ola