White Oak 3A IV

Hiking time: 8.5 hours
Estimated hiking distance: 7 miles
Elevation gain: 2350 feet
Difficulties: Three rappels of 40ft, 150ft and 150ft, some bushwhacking and downclimbing, possible exit swim of 25yds
Special equipment: Rappelling equipment with 160ft rope, 160ft recovery cord or rope, three rappel rings, 80ft webbing, drybags
ACA Rating: 3A IV

"White Oak Canyon drops precipitiously off the southest side of Fox Peak and is almost hidden behind the Big Tujunga Reservoir. The well-maintained Condor Peak Trail allows one to approach the upper reaches of White Oak but the drop-in is long and initially very steep and loose. Once accessed, the canyon itself is short and sweet, ending in two glorious rappels down vertical moss-covered faces. A small stream flows most of the year in the main canyon and creates a lovely shaded refuge in the lower part of the canyon. Like the approach, the hike out from the canyon exit has its challenges and may involve a 25yd swim across the upper reaches of the Big Tujunga Reservoir. However, most of the time it just requires hiking across some muddy flats."

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There is a long hike up with little to no shade so please be prepared for that. Hopefully the weather will be a bit cooler in November. There will most likely be a short swim in the Big Tujunga reservoir at the end of the canyon. If you need a pfd bring it. Because of this dry bags are mandatory.

Please no newbies. And no describing the hike as a "death march". I don't expect you to be in top shape but just don't bitch about it.

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  • Francisco C.

    Thanks Alden for leading this! Such a substantial route! Solid group, glad to have met everyone! Til next time!

    2 · November 10, 2013

  • Ryan P

    Incredible views, nice long hikes both in and out and what a great last rappel! And that edelweiss semi dynamic rope was so much fun. Thanks to everyone for a great day, would do it again in a heartbeat.

    3 · November 9, 2013

  • Lindsey K.

    I just got scheduled to work :( blah. I'm super bummed. When's the next adventure?

    November 8, 2013

    • Alden

      That blows! Keep an eye out for more trips over the next few weekends. Also going out sometimes during the week pretty early if you can swing that.

      November 8, 2013

  • Alden

    Just a reiteration of the water on the exit mentioned above. We got a view of this yesterday and we will most likely be getting wet at the canyon exit. Can't tell if it's a short swim or mud or both! Just bring a drybag if you have something you want to protect. And if you really want to you can bring a pfd but I won't be bringing one.

    November 7, 2013

  • Alden

    I changed the start time to 5:45 am to try and get a head start on the hike before it get's too hot.

    November 6, 2013

    • Jason M.

      Alden hates sleep.

      November 6, 2013

    • Alden

      Working on my "no sleep" merit badge

      November 6, 2013

  • Craig K.

    Should I bring any group gear?? Rope rapids webbing??

    November 6, 2013

    • Alden

      yes I've got a 200' rope.

      November 6, 2013

    • Alden

      I'll also bring webbing and sounds like Francisco has rapides covered.

      November 6, 2013

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