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Visit Grizzly Flats (starting from the Angeles Crest Highway)

It's about a 3-mile hike to the flats. This area was badly damaged by the Station Fire. Rumor has it that the old Dark Canyon Tr from Stonyvale Picnic Area has been partially restored. I've never hiked the whole trail, so the stats include a visit to stonyvale.

Map: http://daveb.decreation.com/grizzly-flats.png

Stats: (TODO approx): 9 miles, 2000' gain.

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  • iLedy

    Oh, man! Just the kind of hike I like -- bushwhacking, water-crossing, etc. I'm bummed I missed all that. :'o(

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Dave B.

    Trip report (part 3). We had some snacks, drank some water, rested, then began the ascent back the way we'd came. It seemed steeper on return, and the shady sections were much more welcome now.

    Eventually we passed Grizzly Flats, and wound up at the ridge separating the Arroyo Seco and Big Tujunga watersheds. 15 minutes of descending later, we were back at the cars.

    Thanks to Andrew, Roger, Beatriz and Meemz for joining me!

    January 17, 2014

  • Dave B.

    Trip report (part 2). If only I had looked at the Tom Harrison Front Country map, which clearly shows that the fork on the right goes nowhere, I could have saved us some irritating bushwhacking, but instead I saw an arrow formed of rocks that pointed to the R, so we went that way. After working our way through much deadfall and brush, I figured out that we'd gone the wrong way. We pushed up a gully instead of backtracking. When we finally got back to the road, we discovered that the old Dark Canyon Tr looked pretty good.

    The trail is quite shaded at first, with fragrant Bay Laurels. Soon it begins descending in earnest and becomes steep and sunny. It didn't take long to reach Big Tujunga Canyon, and its creek, fed from a reservoir, was flowing well.

    A few miles of pleasant, but sunny walking, with numerous stream crossings, led to Stonydale Picnic Area.

    January 17, 2014

  • Dave B.

    Trip report (part 1). We all met on time at sport chalet and drove up to the grizzly flats trailhead, a small dirt lot on the W side of the highway, across from the 30.02 mile marker. (It was fortunate that the Colby Fire didn't prohibit this hike)

    The trail begins with a steep section that starts shaded but opens up as the trail approaches a ridgeline. We found ourselves at the lower end of what was once a tree plantation - because of its density it got absolutely destroyed in the Station Fire. We continued along the trail to a 4-way intersection; the main Hoyt-Lukens road goes through here, and the route to Grizzly Flats crosses it. We descended the Grizzly Flats Rd (signed 2N80A) as it switchbacked down to a fork in the road.

    January 17, 2014

  • Beatriz

    the meeting place is at a sports Chalet in La Canada?

    January 8, 2014

    • Beatriz

      do we carpool from there? Is a wilderness pass needed?

      January 9, 2014

    • Dave B.

      we will carpool / caravan as desired. i believe that this is outside the wilderness permit area, but i think i have an extra.

      January 9, 2014

  • iLedy

    I'll sign up when I positively know I can be there without having other commitments.

    December 28, 2013

  • iLedy

    Awesome, it's a Friday. I'm kind of cutting myself thin here. I'm a little bit calendar-challenged with all these hiking groups. :o)

    December 9, 2013

    • Andrew

      No comment!

      December 27, 2013

  • iLedy

    Bushwhacking through poodle dog bush? Love it!

    December 9, 2013

    • Dave B.

      As i understand it (my info is very questionable), there shouldn't be much problem with toxic foliage.

      December 9, 2013

    • iLedy

      Bushwhacking is so much fun. Then add poodle dog bush, that's when the real adventure begin. And I like hikes you post because they're not always on nicely groomed fireroads/ trails.

      December 10, 2013

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