Forest Magyar Christmas Party

  • December 27, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Még egy kabinos parti Brian szervezésében! Legyetek szivesek jelezni, hogy mikor jottok es mit hoztok! Koszi!


From Brian:

"it's coming on Christmas
they're cuttin down the trees
they're putting up reindeer
and singin songs of joy and peace
oh
I wish I had a trail
i could hike away on...

You could hike this trail so long
you can teach your feet to fly..."




Its time.



"THE 14TH ANNUAL LEGRADY FOREST CHRISTMAS PARTY, and MAGYAR Forest Buli!"

Shake it up.
Go to the forest for Christmas.
I work for Santa Claus, and he said you better be there.
I would do what he says.  

Then come to the 14th
Annual Cabin Christmas Party, and Alan’s Birthday! 


Where:
Mt. Baldy, Cabin 35.
“Just 1 hour away from Los Angeles”
When:
Friday, December 27th, 2013 



Start out early from LA to get to the trail head by 11:00 am.
See Directions Below.......
The hike is just under a mile.
Always give yourself extra time.

Time:
Plan to eat around 2:00pm
(but it never happens at that time)


Hike up with a friend, loved one, or by yourself to a whole different reality from the showbiz scene.

It’s only 45 miles from Downtown Los Angeles!

Decorate a live tree, drink cider, sing songs, warm hands over the fireplace or pot bellied stove.

Enjoy Chicken Paprikas’ and dumplings made from scratch on a 100 yr. old wood burning stove.

Walk outside, smell the pines, take a walk down to the stream and listen to the music of the wind dance in harmony with the water.

Bring the kids.

Musical instruments are encouraged.

This 100 year wilderness homestead requires a 1 mile hike into the Cucamonga Wilderness.

Elevation starts at 5600’ at the trail head, and climbs to 6800’ at the destination.  That’s a 1200’ elevation gain along one of the most beautiful trails in the local mountains.

I am planning to have a Hungarian Dinner in the early afternoon on Friday to provide enough time for those that wish to hike back before sundown.  You can come by Saturday as well.  parking is a little tougher on a weekend. 


Directions:


From Los Angeles:
Check your local map to plan a route to the 210 freeway traveling east from Pasadena.  As you enter the town of Upland, look for Mountain Avenue, “Mt Baldy” exit and take it North. (Careful, there is another Mountain exit in Arcadia)

Follow directions “B” below

From San Diego County:
Take the 15 freeway North towards Riverside to the 210 freeway. Take the 210 West towards Los Angeles. As you enter the town of Upland, look for the Mountain Avenue, "Mt. Baldy" exit and take it north.
Follow directions “B” below
 
Directions “B”
You will be traveling 1.9 miles north on Mountain Avenue through the suburbs of Upland. Make a left or Euclid Avenue continuing past the fire station, the river bed and upwards to Baldy Road.  Make a right on Baldy Road into the mountains towards Baldy Village. Several miles after Baldy Village you will enter the parking lot for Icehouse Canyon. The entrance to the parking lot is just before the road hairpins to the left up to the Chairlifts. Make sure you do not keep going up to the lifts. There is a little road block right there where a wonderful lil’ lady by the name a Dee Hanson sells honey, and “Wilderness Pass” parking permits. You will want to grab one of these permits for $5.00.
Park your car in the parking lot making sure to display your pass in the windshield. Enter the trailhead a Icehouse Canyon. You will hike a mile up a well-marked trail. The path stays fairly close to the stream. About 7/8 of a mile up, you will see a sign signaling a junction: left, up the slope, is the Chapman Trail to Cedar Flats (I mile) and the “high route” to Icehouse Saddle; right, straight ahead, is the old trail up the canyon. Do not go up to Cedar Flats. Just 50’ beyond the sign, to the right, is cabin 35, and the destination for your afternoon.

Things to Bring:

Warm clothes, Good walking boots, First aid kit, Flashlight with 1 set extra batteries, Water.
 
Things to bring for the party:
Bring one of the following items to share: a main dish (Hungarian food wold be nice!), wine, crackers, brie, pate', bread sticks, yams, candy, you name it.  Be creative!!  Salads and vegetarian side dishes are really needed.  If you want......bring a candle for the mood.  (You can’t eat that though.)
And a Christmas ornament to represent the love you have for a deceased family member. Materials you find by the cabin or bought at the store can make this ornament. There is a tree between the cabin and the stream that we decorate to represent the love for this specific family member. The decorations will stay on the tree until nature decides it's time for them to fall. This yearly demonstration of love has become a poignant and meaningful ritual.


If there is snow
The trail can get icy even if it's an old snow fall. It can get very slippery. I suggest going to Sport Chalet to buy an item called "Yaktrax". These, or an item like it, can strap on the bottom of the shoes, and stop you from sliding. They run around $14.00 a pair, and come in assortment of sizes. Little cost for so much more traction. They will fit even on tennis shoes.....I Think.


The following text is reprinted from the book,

"Trails of the Angeles"

to give you a better description of the area.


Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle
8 miles round trip; 2600' elevation gain
Classification: Moderate
Season: June-October
Topo maps: Mt. Baldy, Cucamonga Peak

FEATURES

Icehouse Canyon is the hikers' gateway to the eastern high country and the Cucamonga Wilderness. Its broad, V shaped portal leads east from San Antonio Canyon, 10 miles north of Mt. Baldy Village, and climbs 2600' to Icehouse Saddle, a prominent gap on the great Telegraph Ontario Ridge. The saddle is a major trail junction, with routes leading in four directions.
 
For hikers of moderate ability, the trip up-canyon to Icehouse Saddle is rewarding. You pass through some of the finest stands of incense cedar in the range, and the ponderosa and sugar pines are healthy and towering. From the saddle you look into the inviting Cucamonga Wilderness country and down over the Lytle Creek drainage.
Legend has it that the magnificent cedar beams for Mission San Gabriel were cut in the canyon,. then laboriously dragged down to the lowland by oxen teams. For years it was known as Cedar Canyon (now  the name for a tributary of Icehouse Canyon). The present name dates from the 1860s, when an ice plant in the lower canyon supplied ice to valley residents.
 
The lower reaches of the canyon are dotted with private cabins. Once there were many more; the big flood of 1938 wreaked havoc here, as it did in other canyons of the range. Today, the boulder-strewn floor of Icehouse Canyon bears testimony to nature's torrential fury.
 
DESCRIPTION
 
Drive to Icehouse Canyon parking area, 1-1/2 miles above Mt. Baldy Village just off the San Antonio Canyon Road. Park in the parking area immediately below the resort.
 
Walk up the trail that starts just to the right of the resort. In the first 1-1/2 miles you pass many private cabins, climbing gently through a forest of oak, big-cone spruce, and incense cedar. You reach a junction: left, up the slope, is the Chapman Trail to Cedar Flats (I mile) and the "high route" to Icehouse Saddle; right, straight ahead, is the old trail up the canyon. The new "high route" is easier walking, but the old canyon way is shorter-take your choice. The canyon trail passes more cabins, then zigzags several hundred feet up the north slope before dropping back into the canyon and crossing the creek. You enter Cucamonga Wilderness and in 3 miles you reach Columbine Spring, a small water seepage just below the trail. This is the last water enroute. Beyond, the trail switchbacks steeply through tall pines and firs, makes a junction with the new "high route," and reaches Icehouse Saddle, 4 miles from the start. You now have several options.
 
You can take a good look, then return the way you came. You can turn left (north) and follow the trail that climbs around the west slope of Timber Mountain and over Telegraph Peak, then drops to Baldy Notch. You can turn hard right (southwest) and take the lateral trail to Kelly's Camp and Ontario Peak. You can go right (southeast) on the trail that contours around the east slopes of Bighorn Peak to Cucamonga Saddle, then climb the north face of Cucamonga Peak. Or you can drop eastward down the Middle Fork Trail to Lytle Creek.  Whichever option you take, you are sure to travel through some of the finest high country in the range.





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  • Brian L.

    Thanks to everyone that attended the meet-up. I saw lots of "happy shutter-bugs" so if you have pictures, please post here. We had an amazing time, and there is a great video floating around of the csardas on Friday night!

    3 · December 30, 2013

  • Ildiko S.

    Thank You Brian again for your open heart and love and time for us ...it was one of the best ...

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Agnes S.

    Thank you, we had a great time on Friday and Saturday. Thank you Brian for the hospitality .

    December 29, 2013

  • Lou

    Great party, awesome host and event planners.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Dóra T.

    Is anybody from LA going up to the cabin tomorrow morning?

    December 27, 2013

    • Agnes S.

      Szia Dora, Orulok, hogy feljottel es nagyon koszonom, hogy segitettel lemenni a hegyrol. Remelem jol erezted magad.

      December 29, 2013

  • Kinga M.

    We also bring vodka and lemon, and we arrive Friday afternoon.

    December 27, 2013

  • Kinga M.

    We will bring hot chocolate, coffee, sour cream, Hungarian and Californian white wine, and candles.

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • David H.

    Hi Everyone! I'll bring málna szörp, soft drinks, and sweets (e.g. puszedli). Look forward to seeing you all!

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Robi H.

    Sziasztok! I replied "yes" but it's more correct as "maybe".
    Hopefully can go up there Saturday with my 2 kids and come back
    the same afternoon/evening but cannot promise it for sure.
    Would like to carpool if possible. If anyone could take us up there
    Sat. morning, please let us know a.s.a.p. We live in Azusa just
    next to 210 Fwy. Vernon Exit. Brian, your buli is always lots of fun.
    Hopefully we'll be able to go. Merry Christmas & B.U.E.K. for everyone. Cheers,
    Robi, Maya & Koppany

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Ildiko S.

    Hey everybody - few last notes & ideas but more notes :
    Once again This is a potluck -" batyus bal/party " ( as always ) please bring enough food or/and drinks to show your kindness and hospitality to others !!!
    Bring your favorite Hungarian / European dishes or sweets or if you can't cook please bring the followings ( just some ideas ) sausage , ham , bacon , ribs , cheese , crackers , pickled cucumber , potato salate , bread , coffee , paper plates , paper cups ,drinks , strudel , bejgli , makos teszta , turos teszta , palacsinta etc etc,,,...napkins , eggs , - follow your tasting buds :)
    Gentleman ! Please help to the ladies to carry all the heavy stuff or if you guys see something by the trail addressed to the Cabin 35 ( can be anything ) just pick it up and bring it up please .
    See You there !

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Ildiko S.

    Fresh Bread , Bread , Bread please !!

    December 26, 2013

  • Brian L.

    OK: heading up to mountain around 3:00 PM Thursday.

    I need drastic help in the following areas:

    I was going to buy dumplings from OTTO's, (Nanda's favorite store ;-) to boil up there for Guylas Leves, but running out of time. Can someone bring some, make some, or make at cabin for me, ( i have flour)?? Or bring noodles??

    Also need sour cream. Please bring purdee please??

    December 26, 2013

    • Nanda D.

      Okay. I will bring regular pasta. It will be fine! :)

      December 26, 2013

    • Ildiko S.

      yeah but dumplings for what ?

      December 26, 2013

  • Lou

    For planning purposes, I will attend on Friday only and leave in the evening. I'll bring some wine but not sure if they carry Bulls Blood at the local BEVMO?

    1 · December 26, 2013

    • Nanda D.

      It doesn't have to be Hungarian wine... I don't know about Bevmo's, but Trader Joe's has the Bull's Blood for $4/bottle. It makes a good "forralt bor" if you'd like to bring a few bottles of that with some sugar and/or honey, cloves and cinnamon. Or some other wine that tastes good on its own too. :)

      December 26, 2013

  • Ildiko S.

    what kinda dumpling are you talking about ? Nokedli ?

    1 · December 26, 2013

    • Nanda D.

      At the risk of upsetting the traditionalists, how about some regular pasta instead? :-} I could bring that... But won't make nokedli! :-D

      1 · December 26, 2013

    • Brian L.

      i usually make dough, and slice with knife into boiling water. Not sure what you call it right now.

      1 · December 26, 2013

  • Ildiko S.

    Yes Agnes and me staying for overnight - will bring sleeping bag

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Ildiko S.

    Agnes and me will bring Coffee , Tea , Sugar , Wine for mulling , Eggs , Bacon , Sausage , Cheese , ( dry finger food ) Beigli and " 24 " Candle I am making Szekelykaposzta right now ( it's similar as Stuffed Cabbage ) also Paper towel , toilett paper , paper plates , napkins ...anything else ? Please note that each person able to bring food for 4-6 people - be brave bring more sausages , coffee , eggs , BREAD , onion , bacon etc...

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Nanda D.

    Most eloetelt hozok: korozott, kenyer, paprika, keksz. Szinten hozok szalvetat es muanyag evoeszkozoket. *** I will bring the Hungarian appetizer spread "korozott" (made of farmer's cheese) and bread, pepper, biscuits with it. Will grab napkins and plastic utensils on my way up.

    December 26, 2013

  • Nanda D.

    Hi Everyone!

    Just sent out an email to let you know about the posted updates. Also, if you are still planning to come, please post here when you'll arrive, what you are bringing, so we do not have duplicates and that we can all plan accordingly. Thanks!

    December 26, 2013

  • Friedia H.

    hi the $20 is fine do you want cash, check or forint? since I have all three the choice is yours smile and there will be only two of us not three. Hope this doesn't mess of your count. Looking forward to seeing everybody again. AND as always Hungary was great see you soon love and kisses to all Herczeg Istvane better know as Friedia and Istvan

    December 10, 2013

    • Friedia H.

      great will will stay fri night leave for a while on sat and return sat. evening looking forward to seeing everone

      1 · December 26, 2013

    • Nanda D.

      Friedia, just remember that it gets dark by 5:30... If you plan to return in the evening you will need headlamps and flashlights. It is also a little more dangerous to hike up then... The 3 of us walked down last time at night and it was very slippery, we had a mishap... So be careful.

      December 26, 2013

  • Brian L.

    The biggest dinner will be Friday, with hopes that I come up with good menu options for Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning.

    I really don't think there will be an issue with lack of food, but I would like to cover myself with the following options:

    Cup or two of ground, or whole bean coffee, dark roast
    package or two of Trader Joe's green beans, (or equivalent)..any vegetable for that mater
    coffee creamer, any type
    premade salad
    wine
    eggs, carefully packed
    bacon or sausage
    wine, juice, martinelli's
    whole raw chicken...

    Do you have other ideas?? Let me know.

    1 · December 26, 2013

    • Ildiko S.

      Agnes and me will bring Coffee , Tea , Sugar , Wine for mulling , Eggs , Bacon , Sausage , Cheese , ( dry finger food ) Beigli and " 24 " Candle I am making Szekelykaposzta right now ( it's similar as Stuffed Cabbage ) also Paper towel , toilett paper , paper plates , napkins ...anything else ?

      1 · December 26, 2013

  • Brian L.

    oh....and i may not have time to get or make dumplings, if anyone has some at home, please bring.
    Remember, cabin phone is[masked]!!

    December 26, 2013

  • Brian L.

    Boldog karácsonyt kívánok!!!

    THURSDAY MORNING Random Notes: I'm heading up to the mountain at some point today. At the rate I'm going....it will be this evening!

    I will be posting here some last minute notes, and answering any questions you may have.

    Looks like it will be a warm weekend. In one sense, the lack of snow at trail head helps our logistics of getting to and from the cabin. If you had hopes of a white Christmas, you may have to hike a little further up the trail to get to some white stuff.

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Agnes S.

    I am going with Ildiko on Friday Morning.

    2 · December 26, 2013

  • Nanda D.

    We discussed the "action plan" for this yesterday and will keep it open to suggestions, as well as post more details in the next few days. For now keep in mind that Brian plans to do a larger dinner (potluck) with some other festivities on Friday and then decorate a tree and hang out on Saturday. Probably more people will head up on Friday. You will need to let Brian know whether you would like to stay overnight and if so, do you have a sleeping bag you are bringing. All the other details, such as who brings what food, who wants to carpool, etc can be worked out here. Please post under the person whose comment you're responding to, that way s/he will get an email notifying them of the response and they can keep the conversation going.

    December 23, 2013

  • Nanda D.

    We will post more details about this event soon. You can also see many of the past cabin events on our calendar.

    December 17, 2013

  • Ida Kalman M.

    Your location is confusing. It mentions Mt. Baldy and Redondo Beach. Which location will it be held at?

    1 · December 8, 2013

    • Nanda D.

      It is in Mt. Baldy. You can see the detailed directions on any of our past meetup pages that say "Cabin Party". Details to come soon.

      December 8, 2013

    • Brian L.

      for some reason it also lists Redondo Beach. Strangest thing. *I can't delete that specific part.

      1 · December 9, 2013

  • Bernard Barna F.

    Fellow groupies, Aniko and I will do Saturday..kind a one day trip :-)

    December 8, 2013

  • Peter C

    Planning for Saturday

    1 · December 8, 2013

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