Sat­ur­day, June 6 — CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY at Dag­ger Flat!

Get that spe­cial feel­ing of accom­plish­ment as you work with other vol­un­teers and hik­ers com­plet­ing sev­eral man­age­able projects on the Dag­ger Flat Trail.  Then enjoy some BBQ and swap sto­ries with CHC Hike lead­ers and others!

THIS IS NOT A HIKE, but you will hike about 4 miles round trip, through the most spec­tac­u­lar scenery near SCV.  All this, while help­ing Dianne and CHC bring this trail back to life.

CHC is restor­ing a trail that has been unused for about 30 years. PLEASE only RSVP “Yes” if you can make it. Dianne will brings tools accord­ing to the RSVPs. PLUS this time, Chef Steve also wants to plan food (con­tact zuliebear@aol.com or RSVP via this Meetup posting).

Direc­tions to Meet­ing Spot (White Gate for 3N17):  Take the I-5 to the SR-14 North. Exit at Sand Canyon, turn right (South/East). Go all the way past all the houses, Placerita Canyon etc., going straight. Enter the Ange­les National For­est and con­tinue up!up!up!  Sand Canyon Road until you see a memo­r­ial at a bad cor­ner (on the right side). Shortly after this you will see a small brown sign “Santa Clara Divide Road”.  Park in one of the turnouts to the left, right, or above this sign but not block­ing the white gate .

Google Latitude/Longitude coor­di­nates for the Meet­ing Spot (at Sand Canyon Road and 3N17) are 34.360833,   –118.392028.

Meet­ing Time:  We will meet PROMPTLY at 7:00AM. We will make up car­pools and leave no later than 7:10AM SHARP. We car­pool through a locked gate for 4 miles on for­est road 3N17 to reach the trail head, due to lim­ited park­ing there. PLEASE BE PROMPT as we must relock the gate.

As this is National Trails Day, a cam­era crew will be along to video­tape our vol­un­teer efforts, as we work on the trail.  You may get to be fea­tured in a news story or a video mag­a­zine piece — who knows?

BBQ Lunch: 12:00 — 12:30PM.  Enjoy Lunch with us — Hot dogs with all the fix­ings includ­ing chips, chili etc.  fol­lowed by Dianne’s leg­endary cookies!

Quit­ting Time: 2:00PM.  We should be back at the gate by 2:30PM.

Bring:  Water, snacks, cam­era, bandaids, TP (there are no bath­rooms), hand wipes, strong gar­den gloves (suede leather type rec­om­mended) , sun­screen, elec­trolytes, sun hat, and any­thing else you can think of to make you more com­fort­able and happy on the trail!

Do  Not Bring:  Dogs, as they will get bored, plus we do not want to risk trip­ping over or hurt­ing them as we work.  Also, it would not be safe to bring young chil­dren (we use heavy tools and the trail is nar­row).  Leave your gar­den tools at home, as we could dam­age them.

Thank you for help­ing us bring back this trail, so we can all enjoy it.

Leader: Dianne/ Steve                        Rated: Moderate ++

Sat­ur­day, June 13 — Devil’s Punch­bowl to the Devil’s Chair

Dis­tance:  ~7 Miles total (out and back)

Gain: ~1000′

Hik­ing Time:  3–4 hours

Dif­fi­culty: Mod­er­ate + (for gain at start and alti­tude of 4740 ft.)

Descrip­tion:    The Devil’s Punch Bowl (below) is a gor­geous site with pro­trud­ing rocks and sheer rock faces.  On the north­ern slopes of the San Gabriel Moun­tains, near Lit­tle­rock, Cal­i­for­nia and Pear­blos­som, Cal­i­for­nia, this 7 miler is a round trip, out and back hike.  It includes some alti­tude and a mild climb in the first mile.  After that first mile, the trail is fairly flat wind­ing in and out of the canyons and trees, pro­vid­ing great views up the moun­tains behind and out over the desert below.  It is one of the most scenic for­est hikes in our area.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil’s_Punchbowl_(California) .

We will head around the Devil’s Punch­bowl and out to the Devil’s Chair.

Car­pool­ing from Santa Clarita:

Meet at Towsley Canyon , 24489 The Old Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91381  GPS: 34.358431, –118.555237

Meet at 6:45AM for a 7:00AM SHARP depar­ture to car­a­van out to the trail head (direc­tions below).     Please be respect­ful of your driver’s sup­port by con­tribut­ing some­thing at the end of your car­pool to help defray the cost of gas.

Or, go straight to the trail head located at:  28000 Devil’s Punch­bowl Rd., Pear­blos­som CA 93553

Meet your leader in the cor­ner of the trailhead/ nature cen­ter Park­ing lot (near the porta potty). There are also other bath­rooms behind the nature cen­ter.   We will arrive at ~ 8:00AM for a 8:15AM SHARP depar­ture up the trail.

Direc­tions to trail head:

Take the SR-14 North to the Ange­les For­est Hwy exit, Exit 30, and go towards Pear Blos­som High­way, keep­ing on left of the ramp toward Pear­blos­som Hwy/Littlerock/Victorville.   Merge onto Sierra Hwy. Stay straight to go onto Pear­blos­som Hwy. At the light, turn right onto Pear­blos­som Hwy/CA-138. Turn right onto 87th St E. Take the 2nd left onto Fort Tejon Rd. Turn right onto Longview Rd. Turn left onto Tum­ble­weed Rd. Turn slight right on to Devil’s Punch­bowl Road.

28000 Devil’s Punch­Bowl Road is a cul de sac park­ing lot, at the end of the road.

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 in case it gets hot, cold or windy and good boots with tread.  No poi­son oak expected on this trail.

Adven­ture Pass:  Not required.

Dogs: OK , if on leash and well behaved around other dogs and peo­ple with hik­ing poles.

Leader: Steve

Sat­ur­day, June 20 — Buck­horn Camp Ground to Cloud­burst Summit

Dis­tance:  ~8 Miles Roundtrip

Loss/ Gain: –1300′ loss / +800′ gain

Hik­ing Time:  3–4 hours

Dif­fi­culty: Mod­er­ate ++ (for gain and distance)

Descrip­tion:   This is an incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful hike, and part of it will be on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Meet your Leader:   For those wish­ing to car­pool  we will meet at Towsley Canyon SCV (direc­tions below) at 7:00AM for a 7:15 AM SHARP Departure .

Alter­nately, you can meet at the trail­head at 08:30 AM for an 8:45AM SHARP depar­ture up the trail.

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 Towsley Canyon, Santa Clarita, Car­pool  meet­ing spot:  From Valen­cia, take the I-5 South to the Cal­grove exit. Exit, turn right. Go through the sig­nal and imme­di­ately turn right into the dri­ve­way for Towsley Canyon. Park OUTSIDE the gate. Look for the hik­ing club mem­bers and leader there.

Direc­tions from Towsley to the Buck­horn Trail­head:    From Santa Clarita, take the 5 south to the 210 east (direc­tion Pasadena). Exit the 2 (Ange­les Crest High­way), and turn left over the 210 free­way. Take the Ange­les Crest High­way to the turnoff to the camp­ground, which will be about 34.3 miles. The road to the camp­ground does not have a name. All you will see is a gate (that will be open) that has a sign on the right side of it that says, “No Park­ing Anytime.”

Make sure you watch for the mile marker signs. The road to the camp­ground is located between mile marker 58.19 and 58.25, on the left side of the road. If you see mile marker 58.25, you have gone too far. The GPS coor­di­nates for the turnoff are 34°20.601N and 117°55.273W.

In between these signs, you will see a gate on your left, and a sign on the right indi­cat­ing that this is the road to Buck­horn Camp­ground. Go slowly or you will miss this and have to turn around. Once you are in the camp­ground, fol­low signs to the Burke­hart Trail/Day use park­ing. There is a small lot at the trail head. Park here. We will meet at the trail head. There is a bath­room at the trail head. Use it before we leave as there are no oth­ers on the trail. (Note, DO NOT TURN INTO THE DAY USE AREA which is before the camp­ground turn off. You will be in the wrong spot).  Your total drive time will be about an hour and a half.

Dogs:  OK, on leash and if well behaved around peo­ple / other dogs.  If you bring a dog, please drive your­self to the trailhead.

Adven­ture Pass: Required, and MUST be dis­played to avoid a ticket. Day passes are avail­able at any ranger sta­tion, and most sports stores (e.g. Sport Chalet in Steven­son Ranch, SCV) — $5 for a day pass, $30 for an annual pass. Tick­ets cost $5. if you don’t have a pass.

BRING:  Hik­ing Poles, lunch/snacks, boots with good tread, lots of water and elec­trolytes, cam­era, hat and sun­screen.  A bug net and some bugspray may be use­ful also.

Leader:  Dianne

Sat­ur­day, June 27 -  Bear Divide up to Camp 9 / Over to Wil­son Sad­dle and down the Los Pine­tos trail to Walker Ranch

Dis­tance:  8 Miles

Gain: 1068′

Hik­ing Time:  ~4 hours

Dif­fi­culty: Easy / Mod­er­ate (all the gain is in the first 2 mile section)

Descrip­tion:  This hike is one of our favorites. The 2 mile uphill hike from the Bear Divide park­ing area, along a shady pine for­est sin­gle track to Camp 9 Wild­land Fire­fight­ing camp is beau­ti­ful in itself.  We’ll take a short break as we check out the camp.  We then fol­low ser­vice road 3N17, which offers great views of the San Fer­nando Val­ley, Santa Clarita, etc.  If it is clear you may be able to see the ocean and Catalina, so bring your camera.

When we reach Wil­son Sad­dle, we’ll take a break for lunch before head­ing down the beau­ti­fully wooded Los Pine­tos Trail and back to our cars parked at Walker Ranch.  We then will shut­tle the car­pool dri­vers back to Bear Divide.

Meet At Walker Ranch:   Please do not go directly to Bear Divide.   Meet at 7:30AM to orga­nize the car­pool for a 7:45AM depar­ture over to Bear Divide.  We need most of the cars to remain at Walker Ranch.  We will sign in at Walker Ranch.

Direc­tions to Walker Ranch Meet­ing Spot:

From the I-5 Free­way, take the SR-14 to Placerita Canyon Exit.  Exit, turn right and go approx­i­mately 4 miles on this road. (At about 2 miles you will pass Placerita Nature Cen­ter on your right). Approx­i­mately 2 miles after pass­ing the Nature Cen­ter, you will see a wooden sign at a gate on your right that says, “Walker Ranch/Placerita Canyon Nat­ural Area”. Turn into this turn out and park, but do not block the gate.

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 drive your­self to the trailhead.

Adven­ture Pass: Not required.

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.

Leader: Steve