Hike to the top of Slide Mountain

Saturday, June 7-Slide Mountain

Today we are hiking to the top of Slide Mountain through a burn area. This is 12 miles round trip on a steep trail. We will hike to the fire lookout on the top of the mountain. There are incredible views of Lake Pyramid and Lake Piru. You will also see a 360 degree view from the top. This is a tough hike, and beginners are not advised to try the entire trail. If you are beginning, it is suggested that you try the first couple of miles, then return to your vehicles. Adventure passes are required for parking in the Angeles National Forest.  There should be a lot of flowers, and great photo opportunities up above, so bring your camera. Steve will also point out Piru Creek, which is a Native California Fishery.

MEET: We will meet at the outside gate of Towsley Canyon at 7:30 for a 7:45 departure to the trail head. We will be carpooling to the trailhead above Castaic We will be carpooling to the trailhead above Castaic on I-5, about 20 minutes away.

Bring lunch, snacks, more water than you think you will need (3 liters is recommended, poles, and hiking boots with good tread.

To meet at the trail head: Go north on I-5, exit Templin Hwy, turn left. Go under the freeway, and turn right. Follow this road until it ends at a white forest service gate. Park. Display your Adventure Pass in your windshield. Meet us at the gate at 8:10 (approx)

RATED: Difficult (Easy/moderate hikers are encouraged to try the first few miles)

Leader: Steve

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  • Steve i

    Richard/ Russ,
    Jim ( the guy in black with the wooden stick) did not sign up on Meet up but I heard from a few folks he made it to the top (they met him coming down). No surprise as he is one tough hiker.

    June 8

    • Steve i

      Catherine, I think all would agree that we can give you and Trena a technical "summiting of Slide Mountain" as you got that close.

      1 · June 9

    • Catherine N

      thanks next time we are going to the top

      1 · June 10

  • Jim h.

    Glad you're ok Steve. Conditions were tough and the "No-see-Em's" were again menacing everyone. Half Gatorade half water mix is good but can use magnesium as well

    3 · June 8

  • Angela Z.

    We didn't make it to the top but it was still fun

    1 · June 8

  • Steve i

    Well...that was an unusual day of hiking for me. I did have a wonderful (but hot/ eventful) day with a great group of very caring people. I would like to especially thank the "medical team" of Russ and Elizabeth. After about a liter of Gatorade I was all good. Note to self, if it is hot, start electrolytes MUCH earlier, lots of water is not enough.

    2 · June 8

    • Therezia

      I am so glad you were ok. It really was a hot day. I counted over 30 bug bites. I am thrilled I got to feed them. I will be reminded of them for a while - they are getting bigger and itchy-er by the minute. I took your advice, am home resting today. I hope to hike with you again soon!

      2 · June 8

    • Richard D.

      Nasty, nasty biting flies and other evil creatures.

      1 · June 8

  • Richard D.

    Glad you were ok Steve. See you on the trails in the future.

    1 · June 8

  • Elizabeth T

    Thank you for organizing this hike, Steve. Hope you are feeling better. We look forward to the next one!

    1 · June 7

  • Adam C.

    I saw those directions and I thought I followed them. I have never been here and I swore I was standing infront of the right gate. There was a big sign with the right address that I wish was used

    June 7

  • Adam C.

    If I go directly to the Google maps link for this hike, does that take me directly to where I need to be?

    June 7

    • Trina

      Follow the directions to the trail head posted in meetup

      1 · June 7

    • Adam C.

      Alright I guess I am just at the wrong trail

      1 · June 7

  • Trina

    Have you guys left Towsley? I here

    June 7

    • Adam C.

      I'm here but I just be at the wrong location

      June 7

    • Adam C.

      I don't see anyone

      June 7

  • Debra M

    Sorry for the late cancellation. I plan to hit the beach with this warm weather and maybe do some surfing if the waves are good.

    June 6

    • Steve i

      Beach sounds good - see you another time.

      June 7

  • Angela Z.

    I will be meeting the group at the gate. Can you tell me who / if there will be a sweeper and how many mph for this hike is averag.

    June 6

    • Steve i

      We always have a sweep but we select the person based on who shows up and thinks they will be slowest. Speed is relative to terrain, gain etc. I can tell you that we are not a "leave you in the dust club" and I usually hike at a moderate speed and take a few breaks (especially in early stages) to check in and see how folks are doing. Hope this helps answer you question.

      1 · June 6

    • Angela Z.

      Yes this helps. I'll learn more i

      June 6

  • Steve i

    Folks,
    If you think you may need to leave before the end of the full hike, I recommend you do not carpool. You can either go straight to the white gate barrier at Frenchman's Creek if you are good with directions, or meet us at the Towsley and follow us in your own car - your choice. See you tomorrow!
    Steve

    June 6

  • Catherine N

    Is there shade on this trail at all?its going to be 94 Sunday.

    June 5

    • Steve i

      Hi Catherine etc., We are hiking Slide Mtn SATURDAY. There is very little shade on most of the hike. The weather forecast for Gorman, the closest place I could find to the trailhead, is a high of 88. We will also benefit from cooler temps at an altitude that is higher than SCV. Bring plenty of water ( > 2.5 liters) if you plan to join us.

      1 · June 5

    • Catherine N

      Okay thanks Steve.

      June 6

  • Steve i

    Folks, Read my comments below for more insight about this hike.

    June 2

  • Steve i

    It will be more gain and longer, especially if you go all the way. The trailhead is about 1.5 miles from the parking at Frenchman's Flat. Then we start up for 5 miles / 2500' gain....and after enjoying the view from the lookout, we go back down same way (~12 miles total). As it is "out and back", you can turn around anywhere you like if you feel it is too much. Here is link to some info about the Fire Lookout on top. http://www.anffla.org/slide/

    June 2

  • rkchetty

    Hi Steve,
    I hiked with on last Saturday, it will be harder than the one we did or not.pl advice.
    RK

    1 · June 2

  • Jim h.

    Last year everyone froze...this year we'll all bake

    1 · June 2

    • Steve i

      Jim,
      Funny - just thought that today after a pretty hot weekend. I guess we will play it by ear, bring plenty of water, and if it is too hot, turn back before we fry :-). One way or another we will have a fun day. Looking forward to seeing you again BTW.

      June 2

  • Angela Z.

    I'd like to try the first few miles if I can't keep up I'm ok with returning back to the trailhead on my own after I go as far as I can.

    2 · May 31

    • Dianne E.

      You can always check out with the leader or sweep and head back on any hike. We'd rather you do that than exhaust yourself going too far.

      3 · June 2

  • Steve i

    Cecilia and others,
    Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome and we usually have 1 or 2 each hike. The issue, especially at this time of year, is how fit and used to hiking they are (especially if it is hot). When they get tired/ too hot, dogs can tend to find a shady spot and can refuse to move. If that happens mid hike .... well, it is no fun trying to stuff your dog into a daypack and hauling her home. Note, this hike is rated Difficult and is an out and back (but you can stop anywhere and go back the way you came if you are not "feeling it" - the trail is very easy to follow). It will be a little cooler at the higher elevation but it has been hot of late so bring EXTRA WATER (3 liters rather than 2) and some electrolytes.

    1 · June 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a 4-yr-old yellow lab. Can I bring her?

    June 1

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