Grab your trail shoes and let's get a nice Friday the 13th 1800 foot elevation gain 5 mile hike to Glendora Peak via the Garcia Trail. And since we'll be in the area, we'll also bag Azusa Peak on the way.
From the trail head, it's only a mere 1.4 miles to the top of Azusa Peak, with a 1240 foot elevation gain (estimated 886' per mile), so do expect a good workout. From there, we'll follow the Glendora Ridge Motorway easterly over a wide fire road to Glendora Peak, informally named by Dan of Dan's Hiking Pages. The trail from Azusa Peak to Glendora Peak is not nearly as steep as the Garcia Trail, so we'll have plenty of time to catch our breath.
The Garcia Trail portion of the hike is considered advanced beginner to moderate as it has a steady climb similar to mountain trails and if you are not in decent condition you will definitely feel it! We will walk at a slow to moderate pace but please know your limits! Do not attempt this hike if you have not been walking regularly. The hike should take about 3-4 hours depending on the group and how long we take for pics and breaks.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO PLUS ONES FOR THIS HIKE.
About the hike: We will meet in front of the fire station and take the winding, mostly single-track trail to the Glendora Ridge Motorway, a dirt service road that runs along the ridge. From there we will hike up the wide slope for the final two-tenths of a mile to Azusa Peak, where we will take a 10-15 minute break for snacks and photos. Then we'll follow the path across the north slope of Azusa Peak north easterly toward Glendora Peak. Once we find the peak marker, we'll hang out for a few minutes and then head on back to the Garcia Trail and follow it down, being careful to watch our step due to the steepness of the trail. Although not required, a trekking pole will be useful if you have one.
Directions: From the I-210 Foothill Freeway, exit at Azusa Avenue and go north on Azusa Avenue to Sierra Madre Avenue, about 1.7 miles. Turn right (east) and drive 1.1 miles to L.A. County Fire Station #97 at 18453 Sierra Madre Ave. Park on the north side of the street in front of the houses or anywhere nearby that you can find legal parking. Walk to the trailhead next to the fire station. Garcia Trail starts at the north end of the grass area. If you are coming from the east, the fire station is 0.5 mile from Barranca Ave.
We will meet at the trailhead next to the Fire Station. Please arrive 15 minutes early for introductions.
NOTE: This hike will also be posted on Lazy Ass Hiking.
Heavy Rain or a fire closure cancels. Check Meetup site 24 hours before hike.
Waiver of liability: Please read before signing up for this event. By participating in this event you agree to not hold these assistant organizers or Meetup liable for any harm to you of your property. The hike organizers are not a professional hikers/trained leaders and are not trained to treat medical emergencies. Hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to injuries which include but are not limited to falls, fractures, rattlesnake bites, poison oak, insect bites, heat stroke, and frostbite. You are responsible for your own safety and being appropriately equipped to participate in the hike. You are also responsible for knowing whether you are physically able to participate in the hike. Always stay on the trail, let the hike organizer know if you are leaving the group, and never walk alone.