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

Gain: 1000′

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.

Leader: George



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.




GrandviewCampgroundCom­mu­nity Hik­ing Club
August 2015 Camp­ing Trip

August 6–9, 2015

Grand­view Camp­ing Flier