Hike in Modjeska Canyon going up Harding Truck Trail

  • March 22, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Hike in Modjeska Canyon, ... Just a perfect Friday evening date with friends!

We’ll hike for 1 hours up and 1 hour back down Harding Canyon. Bring Wine, Cheese, Crackers or any other snack you like.

We will stop at the picnic table, have snacks and watch the sunset. 

DEPARTURE TIME: 6:00 PM. As with all Hiking Club events, this hike will start at the designated time. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow for parking and introductions.

ABILITY LEVEL: Easy to Intermediate; We hike at a slow pace taking in the views as we go. This can be a difficult hike due to elevation gain.

ABOUT THIS HIKE: A steady ascent up the canyon starting just behind the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on Modjeska Canyon Road. We’ll hike the wide and scenic Harding Creek that meanders through the beautiful and regenerated Harding Canyon. This is not a technical trail.

The views on a clear day go for miles with superb vistas and neighboring ridge lines. Catalina Island, Newport Coast and Palos Verdes Pennisula are just a few of the coastal views. Modjeska and Santiago Peaks are due east of the trail.

The canyons and hills are now green; the creek beds are full of water and much of the area shows signs of vegetation re-grow after the 2007 Santiago fire. The trail runs straight along a ridge through scrub oak, manzanita, coastal sage and sycamore trees. This trail has full sun exposure during the heat of the day. You must have 2.5 liters of water.

The trail is well maintained and climbs steadily the entire way up. We’ll turn around about the 2 mile mark.

NOTES: Wear trail shoes for the steep rocky inclines. Pack some snacks you can nibble on along the way. I recommend plenty of water and/or sports drinks.

DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 5, take the El Toro Road exit in Lake Forest. Head North/Northeast up El Toro Road towards the mountains. At Cook's Corner, take the left fork. The road turns into Santiago Canyon Road. Three miles past Cook's, turn right on Modjeska Canyon Road. Remain on Modjeska Canyon Road and don't accidentally turn on Modjeska Grade Road. Pass the fire station on the left and continue 2/3 more blocks until you will see parking on the right for the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. Park here if space permits or park in the small gravel lot just beyond the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary parking. This is a neighborhood and parking can be limited. I suggest carpooling. The trail head is on the left of the road.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

1) Select hikes/events at your ability level or below.
2) Bring extra water/electrolytes and hydrate before and during the hike.
3) Bring extra high-energy snacks and a lunch.
4) Bring more than one bottle of WATER (in case it leaks).
5) Bring charged cell phone, personal first aid kit, whistle and flash light.
6) Wear shoes with traction - Trails can be steep and/or rocky.
7) Wear and bring hat, sunscreen and appropriate attire/gear based on terrain and weather conditions.
8) NO HIKER LEFT BEHIND BUDDY SYSTEM - Select another hiker as a buddy and to check-in with each other and report any problems to Hike Organizer or Sweep. Do not leave a fellow hiker alone or unaccompanied on the trail.

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  • Linda

    Great hike. Nice to see old buddies and happy to meet new ones. Thank You, Marc!!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Camellia S

    Had a great and relaxing time with you all. Thanks for welcoming this last minute attendee!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Linda Kruse F.

    Thank you Marc for planning and leading a lovely evening in the Canyon! This group is so friendly and generous.You all brought such a smile to my heart:) enjoying yummy drinks,food,conversation, lots of laughs and a great workout.I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful photos that were posted by Jen and Camellia.Thanks to each of you and I will see you soon<3

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Sarah A

    You are welcome, Steve! Thank you for your wonderful smoked salmon! Fun hike with great food & friends. There was so much wonderful food that I forgot to offer what I brought! lol. Jen & Camellia, you guys are artists - thanks for uploading beautiful photos :)

    3 · March 23, 2013

  • Steve! F.

    Thanks everybody for making me feel so welcome on my first Modjeska hike; I'm sure I'll be back.

    3 · March 22, 2013

  • Roger

    Sorry everyone :( I was looking forward to my first hike with you all! I promise to make the next hike with some taste treats :)

    March 22, 2013

  • Barry S

    Sorry Marc, I can't get out f work in time to get there! Enjoy the sunset guys (and girls)!

    March 22, 2013

  • Steve! F.

    Since it seems like all the fun people are going, I guess I'll just have to smoke some fresh salmon this afternoon and bring it along to my first Modjeska hike.

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Linda

    Been so busy lately, but enough is enough... time to get back and see my hiking buddies again.. if I can make it, that is! I'll grab a bottle of wine and a few cups on my way! :-)

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • margaret y.

    I have cheese crackers grapes wine to share

    2 · March 22, 2013

  • Lani

    Sorry guys, work is gonna run late today won't make it.

    March 22, 2013

  • Steve! F.

    I haven't been on this hike and I don't know if the picnic tables are near the trailhead or if we should plan on bringing the wine/snakes with us. Anyone?

    March 22, 2013

    • Marc G

      the picnic table is 45 min. up the trail . bring what ever you want to snack on.

      March 22, 2013

    • Steve! F.

      Guess I'm buying a backpack today - thanks!

      March 22, 2013

  • Roger

    Are pets welcomed?

    March 21, 2013

    • Marc G

      you can bring a pet

      March 21, 2013

    • Roger

      Thanks Marc :)

      March 22, 2013

  • Linda Kruse F.

    hummus,chips

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make it tomorrow
    Have fun!

    March 21, 2013

  • hela s.

    maybe if not working

    March 20, 2013

  • Jen

    Will bring sangria again. Make sure to bring a cup with you if you want some.

    2 · March 18, 2013

  • Mike

    maybe for now, depends on work

    March 12, 2013

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