SCHEDULE FOR July 2015
July 11, 2015 — BEAT THE HEAT 1 — Sawmill Mountain via Mount Pinos — Easy or Moderate, your choice?
Distance: 4 miles or 7 miles, out and back.
Gain: About 500′ in first 4 miles and another 600′ if doing the full hike
Rated: Easy+ if doing the first 4 miles only or Moderate for full 7 mile hike
Time: About 4 hours, including a 20 minute lunch break.
Description: Listen to the swush of the wind as it gently caresses the huge pines teasing out their fragrance. This 4 or 7 mile hike takes in 1 or 2 summits (Mount Pinos and then Sawmill Mountain). The nice thing is that you can make it an “Easy” or “Moderate” hike. The hike is an “out and back”, regardless of which one you chose and is well marked, so you can turn around after the “Easy” (2+2 mile) hike or whenever you like after that. Beginners can summit Mt. Pinos, enjoy the views, and fresh mountain air before heading back down to the parking lot at their own pace. Moderate hikers should be easily able to complete both summits (3.5 + 3.5 miles).
First, we summit Mt. Pinos (8831 ft.) from the Trail head (8340 ft.) for an “Easy” 4 mile Round Trip hike, made a little more difficult due to the altitude. Then, if you continue with us down some switchbacks to Sawmill Mountain (8818 ft), we add another 3 miles RT and another 600 ft of gain to give us a 7 mile total distance and 1100 ft total gain “Moderate” hike. Mount Pinos is the highest point in Ventura County and lies on the edge of the Chumash Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest. Mount Pinos, created over 100 million years ago was known as Iwihinmu to the indigenous Chumash people. The slopes are a mix of sub-alpine, white fir, and Jeffry Pine habitats. The views from Mount Pinos are beautiful, including the patchwork quilt of agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley to the north, the Tehachapis to the east, and the Carrizo Plain and Temblor Mountains to the northwest.
Bring: Poles if you have them, lunch/ snacks, bug spray and bug net, 3 liters of water, sunscreen, lip balm. The views are spectacular, so bring your camera.
Adventure Pass: Required ‚when parking at the Mt. Pinos Trail head (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.
Directions (from Santa Clarita Valley): Allow 1 1/2 hours to get to trailhead from Santa Clarita.
Take the I-5 North ~ 40 miles to the Frazier Park off ramp. Exit, turn left under highway. Go West on the Frazier Park Road for about 12 miles passing Lockhart Valley Road (on the left) until you see signs for Mt. Pinos. Stay to the left at the fork and follow the road as it twists and turns 9 miles up the mountain to the Nordic Hut parking area at the very top. Park on the left side, by the Mt Pinos trailhead, and look for us there.
If you wish to carpool — meet at Towsley Canyon at 6.45AM for a 7.00AM SHARP departure. 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.
Those intending to do only Mt. Pinos are encouraged to carpool with other “Easy” hikers, or drive alone to avoid waiting for the rest of a carpool.
Meet your leader: At the Mt Pinos parking lot trail head at 8:15 AM; we will depart up the trail to Mt Pinos at 8:30 AM SHARP.
Rating: Easy to Moderate, depending on the distance you cover.
Leader: Steve I.
July 18, 2015 — Temescal Canyon to Will Rogers Estate
Length: 4 mile (Temescal Canyon Loop only) and an additional 5.5 miles (Will Rogers Estate) = 9.5 miles for both.
Gain: 1500 ft. for both
Rating: Moderate for both hike parts
Description: This Is a beautiful, cool hike in the hills above the great Pacific Ocean. It starts out with an uphill climb to a little waterfall, then winds through lovely chaparral, exposing views of the ocean and the gorgeous hilltop homes of Pacific Palisades. The first part of the hike is a 4 mile loop which starts and ends at Temescal Canyon Ranger Station. Once we’ve returned to this spot, beginning hikers can depart if they wish, or continue on to the Will Rogers Estate.
The second part of the hike to the Will Rogers Estate rises up to a transverse trail that parallels Sunset Blvd going East. We pass through chaparral and woodland areas, cross behind secluded woodland homes and go down into a canyon that leads back up and into the Will Rogers Estate. We have seen lots of deer in this area, so make sure you have your camera ready!!!
Meet your Leader/Carpooling from Santa Clarita:
Towsley Canyon , 24489 The Old Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91381 (GPS: 34.358431, –118.555237)
Meet at Towsley parking lot in front of the gate at 7:30AM to organize carpools for a departure to the trail head at 7:45AM SHARP. It is best to carpool as there is a $7.00 fee to park at Temescal. Be sure to make a COMPLETE stop at the stop signs in the park or you WILL get a ticket in the mail.
If you prefer to drive yourself, meet at Temescal Cyn parking lot at 8:15AM. Walk toward the trail at the back of the upper lot and meet in front of the bathrooms on the right. We will leave promptly when the carpools arrive from Towsley ~8:30 AM latest.
Bring: Lunch/ snacks, water (3 liters recommended), camera, hiking poles if you have them, and electrolytes if it is a hot day.
Dogs: Sorry, not allowed on this trail.
Saturday, July 25 — Parker Mesa overlook from Trippet Ranch (Topanga)
Distance: ~6.7 Miles total (out and back)
Gain: ~ 375′
Hiking Time: ~3 hours
Rating: Easy +++/ Moderate — (due to periodic elevation gains and the overall mileage)
Description: This weekend we will try to escape the heat in SCV by taking in some ocean views. Parker Mesa Overlook is one of the best vista points in the Santa Monica Mountains, serving up panoramic views over Santa Monica Bay from a 1,525-foot oceanfront ridge in Topanga State Park. The overlook is located along East Topanga Fire Road, a north-south running ridge trail spanning between Trippet Ranch, the park’s main trailhead in the north, and Paseo Miramar in the Pacific Palisades to the south. We will enjoy the expansive view out over Santa Monica Bay to the south. Palos Verdes Peninsula juts out from the far side of the C-shaped bay. Beyond that, on a clear day, you may spot Catalina Island on the horizon.
Bring: Plenty of water ( 3–4 L, if it is very hot), electrolytes, a snack, and shoes with good tread. .
Carpool from Santa Clarita Valley: Meet your hike leader at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall, CA, outside the gate at 7:00 AM. We will organize carpools and at 7:15 AM SHARP, depart for Trippet Ranch trailhead.
Directions to the trailhead at Topanga State Park from Towsley Canyon, Santa Clarita Valley, (32 miles, ~45 mins): Merge onto I-5 South. Keep right to continue on the I-405 S/San Diego Fwy, following signs for Santa Monica. After 9.0 miles, take the exit to US101 N, towards Ventura , drive 8.2 miles on the 101, and exit at California 27 S/Topanga Cyn Blvd. Merge on to Topanga Cyn Blvd and drive 7.8 miles south on Topanga Canyon Blvd until you see Entrada Road on the left. Road is twisty so be on the look out for it. Turn east (left) into Entrada Road and drive up the mountain for 1 mile , following signs for Topanga State Park / Trippet Ranch and you see cars parked on the left side of the road.
NOTE: There is a $10 Park Service day-use fee to park in the Trippet Ranch parking lot, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. They have immaculate modern bathrooms; so if you carpool and want to support their upkeep, go for it. Alternatively, a few hundred yards outside the park, there may be some free parking left along the road. We will see how it goes.
Meet the Hike Leader: At Towsley canyon to carpool or later at the Trippet Ranch Trailhead, by the parking lot bathrooms, he will have an orange bandana. We plan to be at the trailhead by 8.15AM so the group can leave promptly by 8.30AM. Note: Only if you have checked in at Towsley will we wait for you.
Hike portion is ~ 3 hours, so I hope to be back to Towsley by about 1pm.
Dogs: Unfortunately, they are not permitted on this trail.
Adventure Pass: Not Required.
Leader: Steve I.
Community Hiking Club
August 2015 Camping Trip
GRANDVIEW CAMPGROUND AND
ANCIENT BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
August 6–9, 2015
Grandview Camping Flier