New to hiking and excited about getting into it. However, I don't
know where I rank or should begin based on difficulty levels. My last hike
was Sobernanes trail to that bench on top, but I stopped a couple times on
the way. Please suggest some beginning hikes I may start out at.
In a message dated 10/16/2010 8:09:49 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
[address removed] writes:
Announcing a new Meetup for The Monterey Bay Area Hiking
Series: Anastasia Canyon (~10 Miles, ~2,000 Ft)
Sunday, October 31,[masked]:00 AM
Price: $1.00 per
Where: Tassajara Road @ Entrance to Los Padres National
Jamesburg, CA 93924
While just getting
back from trekking the Himalayas in Nepal, I am getting the "itch" to explore
another area of our beautiful back country wilderness: Anastasia Canyon. Our
trail route will take us from Tassajara Road to Cahoon Springs, and then
beyond to the Chews Ridge lookout.
Location: Cahoon Spring Trail Junction on
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Hike Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Moderate (2 to 3 mph)
Total Distance: ~10 miles
for Distance, Moderate Elevation Gain
NOTE: THIS WILL BE A STRENUOUS HIKE. TRAIL CONDITIONS ALONG OUR
ROUTE CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE FROM RECENT TRAIL CONDITION
REPORTS. FOR SAFETY YOU NEED TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR WHAT ESSENTIALLY AMOUNTS
TO WILDERNESS HIKING OVER POTENTIALLY STEEP TRAILS WITH UNPREDICTABLE TERRAIN
AND POSSIBLY LOOSE AND/OR NON-EXISTENT TREAD. FURTHERMORE, WE MAY ENCOUNTER
AREAS HEAVY BRUSH ENCROACHMENT SO EXTRA CAUTION IS ADVISED TO AVOID CONTACT
WITH RATTLESNAKES, TICKS, AND POISON OAK.
WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, wind
& rain gear, lunch, hat, gloves, 4-6 liters of water, long pants and long
sleeve shirt (for poison oak protection). Bring your trekking polls if
desired. Important: Water sources can be extremely unpredictable in
most places across the Ventana Wilderness so PLEASE bring ample supplies of
drinking water (4-6 liters of water recommended).
ATTEND: Very fit, disciplined hikers who can handle an 10 mile hike over
steep/rough terrain. This hike is for hikers who enjoy the adventures of
all-day exploration across vastly remote areas of unspoiled back country
HOW TO ATTEND: You must have appropriate hiking
experience to qualify for attendance. NO EXCEPTIONS! Members who do NOT have
appropriate hiking experience should consider attending another event.
NOTE: The event organizer reserves the right to withhold a
member's eligibility for attendance if it is deemed the member does NOT have
sufficient prior hiking experience to adequately fulfill the skill
requirements for this event.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THIS HIKE:
Hike will commence at
approximately 10 minutes after the posted start time. Hike will average speed
between 2 to 3 mph. Trail conditions in the Ventana can be unpredictable and
present opportunities to bushwhack through overgrown brush and negotiate
unstable terrain. It is recommended that you wear solid hiking boots with good
tread for added confidence and stability. In addition, it is likely there will
be opportunities to encounter POISON OAK. It would be unwise to attend this
hike without: long pants (or pants with removable legs), hat, gloves, long
sleeve shirt due to poison oak & all the other bushes we may have to pass
through. Trekking poles are also recommended.
THIS WILL BE A TEAM
HIKING EFFORT WHICH MEANS WE WILL STAY TOGETHER AS A GROUP. WE WILL BE HIKING
THROUGH AREAS OF VASTLY REMOTE WILDERNESS AND FOR SAFETY REASONS WE WILL MAKE
EVERY ATTEMPT TO STAY TOGETHER AS A GROUP THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE
Please be aware that we expect you to take
responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. This means
being prepared with adequate hiking gear and making sure the difficulty level
of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. We
understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this. For more
information regarding safety, please refer to the Monterey Bay Area Hiking
Group "About" section for more details.
RSVP to this Meetup:
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