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.

Leader: Dianne

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.

GrandviewCampgroundCom­mu­nity Hik­ing Club
August 2015 Camp­ing Trip

August 6–9, 2015

Grand­view Camp­ing Flier