Saturday, March 9
O’Melveny Park to Weldon Canyon
This is a beautiful 10 mile hike with about 1100’ of gain. We will meet at Weldon Canyon and then carpool to O’Melveny. O’Melveny at this time of year is usually loaded with Lupines, so bring your camera! Most of the gain will be on the O’Melveny side. From the park, you will travel up up up to Mission peak, then travel the connector to East Canyon, then go down Weldon Canyon, back to the cars. You are likely to see Winter Vetch, Chaparral Pea, and other early wildflowers. If it has recently rained, this route can be muddy. Poles are helpful on this hike.
Bring lunch, camera, poles if you have them, and lots of water. Wear protective hat, boots with lots of tread, and layered clothing.
Meet at Weldon Canyon Trail head at 8:00 for an 8:15 carpool departure to O'Melveny Park.
Directions: Exit the I-5 at Calgrove. Go south on the Old Road. Pass Towsley Canyon, the post office, and East/Rice Canyon. When you reach the bridge that goes over the freeway, turn right. This is Weldon Canyon Road. After you cross the bridge, turn right. You will see an SCE service road/trail head on your left (look for the MRCA green sign and gate blocking access to the road. Park. This is where we will meet.
Leader: Lise Meyers
Rated: Moderate +++