Hike in Modjeska Canyon up Harding Truck Trail (Level 1+ / Slow-Moderate Pace

  • June 28, 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.

Important Note
Remember there are no bathrooms at tucker . If you need a bathroom use the one at the Park . It is right past the Fire Station on the left. It is also a place where you can park, if tucker parking is full.

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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  • Steve! F.

    Marc's gone this week so there's no way to organize an official event, but maybe this will work.

    I'm doing the hike tonight (Friday July 5) as usual, with the usual goodies, hoping others can go too.

    I think Ramin and SarahA are going, feel free to invite others. If you're going to join us, please let me know so we can expect you; cell=[masked] or [masked].

    Let's have a great hike!

    July 5, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Great hike. Cooks was too crowded so I didn't stop. Did anyone go?

    June 28, 2013

    • Steve! F.

      It was crazy busy but a few of us braved it for a little while. Apparently a big bike show at Irvine Lake drew the crowd

      June 29, 2013

  • Penny F.

    I'm glad it wasn't as hot as I thought it would be. Another great start to the weekend!

    June 28, 2013

  • Sarah A

    Brave souls challenged ourselves to beat the heat! It was hot but fun :) Thanks Marc <3

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Steve! F.

    Holy crap, it's 4:30 and 96F in Silverado. Are we still doing this?

    June 28, 2013

    • Marc G

      I am going

      June 28, 2013

    • Steve! F.

      Then so am I (with the usual goodies)

      June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to cancel....but it opens up 2 spots for someone on the waiting list.

    June 28, 2013

  • Steve! F.

    Right now (noon) it's 96F in Yorba Linda, and weather.com says it's 97F in Silverado.

    How is Modjeska on crazy hot days?

    June 28, 2013

    • Marc G

      Hot . hope it will cool off a little

      June 28, 2013

  • constance

    Shoot I can't go this week either, ;(

    June 27, 2013

  • Betty A.

    Sorry, kids coming in, can't make it

    June 27, 2013

  • Steve! F.

    I've been informed that the canoe trip was cancelled due to projected ridiculous heat, so it appears that we're on as usual.

    Woot! :-)

    June 26, 2013

  • Penny F.

    I'm pretty sure Marc is not available on June 28th. I replied to the date for July 12th but the date of June 28th got confirmed. I think Marc forgot to change something within Meetup.

    June 26, 2013

    • Marc G

      it is June 28 not the 12th my mistake

      June 26, 2013

  • margaret y.

    I have to work this Friday, but have fun!

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this one.

    June 26, 2013

  • Andy E.

    This Friday works for me. However I thought Mark was leading a canoe trip this weekend.

    June 26, 2013

  • Julie L.

    I think your dates are wrong. Utah kid trip is still going at this time!!

    June 26, 2013

    • Andy E.

      I just looked at that Meetup and it looks like Julie is correct.please advise.

      June 26, 2013

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