(Adventurer Series 2) Allison Saddle of Iron Moutain via Heaton Flat

  • March 30, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This is the first conditioning hike for the summit attempt on 4/27. The second conditioning hike is on 4/20.

Unless you are a highly capable hiker, you will need to do both conditioning hikes before I will add your name to the Iron Mountain list.

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hiking assistants: Mark, Mike S

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Location: Azusa, CA

Hike difficulty:  Level 7/10

A beginner hike: Absolutely not

Distance: 9 miles 

Elevation Gain: 3600'

Time: 6 hours

Trail condition: mostly single file trail, no shade 

Water: Minimum 3 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)

Guest: no

Dog: no

Toilette: At trailhead

Parking: Public and street parking near the trailhead. Adventure Pass is required. If parking is full near the trailhead, you can park at the Oaks Picnic Area and hitchhike to the trailhead. It is only 1 1/2 mile south of the trailhead.

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Direction:  From the 210 freeway exit at Azusa Avenue (Highway 39) and head north for 10 miles or so. Azusa Avenue becomes San Gabriel Canyon Road and parallels the San Gabriel Dam on the right. Turn right on East Fork Road and continue for another 8 miles until the road dead ends at the East Fork Ranger Station. Park in the lot or beside the road below the ranger station. 

What to bring: hat, long pants, sunscreen, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, hiking poles and the usual stuff.

Proficiency: Anyone interested in participating in this event must share with my your hiking background to substantiate your proficiency before your name will be added to the list.

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Trail description:

According to John Robinson, author of Trails of the Angeles, "8007 foot Iron Mountain is by far the least accessible peak in the San Gabriels....No trail approaches its isolated summit , and to climb it you must start miles away and thousands of feet below." In this local hiking legend's view, "Big Iron" is the most strenuous one-summit hike in the entire San Gabriel range.

Originally, local miners in San Gabriel Canyon referred to the mountain as Sheep Mountain, descriptive of the herds of Bighorn sheep that once roamed its slopes. However, the U.S. Geological Survey, which mapped the San Gabriel Mountains in the 1890's, was apparently not as impressed with the fauna that roamed the surface of the mountain as it was with what lay beneath the surface, iron ore deposits. Thus the present name was bestowed. But the Bighorn were not entirely forgotten for the designated wilderness area where Big Iron is located is named "Sheep Mountain Wilderness."

 

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2013 Activities:

Trekker Series: On the 1st Saturday of the month and will be 6 miles or less.
Explorer Series: On the 2nd Saturday and will be 7- 8 miles.
Adventurer Seires: On the 3rd Saturday and will be 9 miles or more.

Mountaineer Series with elevation gain of 4000' and more will be scheduled for 3rd and 4th quarters for seasoned alpinists.

Exploratory hikes are available off schedule. To participate, you must be a strong and seasoned hiker. Please email me if you are interested.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with me or with Los Angeles Hiking Group frequently will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

No show policy: If you sign up for an event and no show, you will either lose your waiting list priority or not be able to sign up for the next event.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condiction or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/

Profile Photo:

Members interested in joining this hike must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of the L.A. Hiking Group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up.

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  • Mike S

    Good to see the old gang. Wish I could have completed the hike.

    1 · March 31, 2013

    • Mike S

      Gladys and Liz, thank you for your good wishes. Back on the trail in 2 to 3 weeks.

      April 1, 2013

    • Mark

      Mike glad to see your going to be ok please keep us posted on your progress

      April 2, 2013

  • rosa

    Thank you Mike for posting this fun hike. It was nice to see everyone. The weather was perfect and the workout was great! See you soon!

    April 1, 2013

  • olivia c.

    Mike Cheng, Thank you so much for this hike! never been here before, I love it! I admire you as a leader! first time hiking with you, and I love your group!!!

    April 1, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Thanks to everyone for a great hike and good conversation. I look forward to Hiking Mt. Baldy and Finishing the Iron Mountain.

    March 31, 2013

  • Erik

    Mike - Did I leave my iPhone in your car?

    March 30, 2013

    • Erik

      thanks Mike, can you check if fell on the side of the seat too please?

      March 31, 2013

    • Erik

      thanks Mike for looking!

      March 31, 2013

  • Oki

    Mike C. - welcome back and thank you for doing this hike. You always have a group of great people to hike with. I enjoyed meeting and hiking with everyone. It was nice to drink, eat and laugh at the restaurant after the hike.

    March 31, 2013

  • Tammy

    Fantastic hike with a great group of people. Glad everyone enjoyed the post hike food and drinks. Looking forward to the next hike. Thanks Mike!

    March 31, 2013

  • Mark

    Mike thanks for a great hike with such amazing people

    March 31, 2013

  • Elizabeth T

    Mike C, so good to have you back! Excellent hike as always and post hike drink & food with old friends was the perfect finish! Great to see everyone! Thanks, Mike!

    March 30, 2013

  • Troy

    Too many late drop outs after RSVPs closed! Maybe leave the RSVPs open longer so those of us on the wait list could have joined?

    March 30, 2013

  • lilia a.

    Sorry my carpool with cancelled too late to catch a carpool from Northridge area

    March 30, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Have to cancel, wife is sick. :(

    March 30, 2013

  • alex

    not going to make it

    March 29, 2013

  • Karsten

    I just looked on the map and its just SO far away. Over an hour of drive? Wow... I wont make it back in time for my afternoon commitment. Sorry, I have to drop out!

    March 29, 2013

  • Karsten

    I just looked on the map and its just SO far away. Over an hour of drive? Wow... I wont make it back in time for my afternoon commitment.

    March 29, 2013

  • Eric L.

    Sorry guys, I really really wanted to come, but my midterms are next week and I still have too much to study. I'll be sure to join the next hikes though.

    March 29, 2013

  • Mike S

    I will be coming from Thousand Oaks on 101/134/210 if anyone wants to carpool. I have room for 4 more.

    March 20, 2013

    • Mike S

      Rosa is going with Mike C, so its just us. See you there.

      March 29, 2013

    • Mark

      Ok

      March 29, 2013

  • Mimi W.

    Hi mike, I just changed my RSVP to NO, had to work tomorrow. See you guys on next baldy hike.

    March 29, 2013

  • Tammy

    Anyone up for margaritas and Mexican food after the hike? Max on Azusa has great margaritas!!

    March 28, 2013

    • Troy

      I'll buy a round of Margaritas, but I've gotta clear the waiting list first! Not looking good at this point :(

      March 29, 2013

  • Isaac

    I will be driving from OC and have space for 3 more hikers

    March 29, 2013

  • Karsten

    Do we actually have to pay that Adventure Tax crap?

    based on 16 U.S.C. § 6802(d)(1)(A), (D) & (E) is says

    (d) Limitations on recreation fees
    (1) Prohibition on fees for certain activities or services
    The Secretary shall not charge any standard amenity recreation fee or expanded amenity recreation fee for Federal recreational lands and waters administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, or the Bureau of Reclamation under this chapter for any of the following:
    (A) Solely for parking, undesignated parking, or picnicking along roads or trailsides.
    ...
    (D) For persons who are driving through, walking through, boating through, horseback riding through, or hiking through Federal recreational lands and waters without using the facilities and services.
    (E) For camping at undeveloped sites that do not provide a minimum number of facilities and services as described in subsection (g)(2)(A).

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • Karsten

      feels like a lot of work for so little money. I could NOT imagine to fool around with courts for that. Spending countless hours on that crap.

      1 · March 29, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Plus it would take a lot of time to fight the ticket I'm assuming...

      March 29, 2013

  • Larry T

    I'm STILL LOOKING FOR A CARPOOL. I'm coming from Redondo Beach. I have room for at least 3 riders in my gas guzzler. Or anyone else wanna drive? Redondo? Hermosa? Torrance? Long Beach? Manhattan Bch? Marina? Culver City? Playa? ELSegundo? Palos Verdes? San Pedro? Carson?

    March 26, 2013

    • Rhoda

      Hi Larry. So, did you find anyone to carpool with? I'm coming from Westchester and looking for a carpool.

      March 29, 2013

    • Larry T

      Hello Rhoda my friend! I thought I was gonna have drop out. Yes, It would be great if we can carpool. I'll send you an email with my phone #.

      March 29, 2013

  • Rhoda

    Anybody wants to carpool from West LA or Culver City?

    March 29, 2013

  • Rhoda

    Thanks Mike.

    March 29, 2013

  • Rhoda

    I know this is very unlikely that i wil get a spot but i'll join the waitlist anyway. Xing my finger :)

    March 29, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    OMG, I am on the waiting list, though would like to car pool to this hike from the North Hollywood if possible (as I have no clue of that area at all) I could drive to somewhere someone else is near by if put on the RSVP list. Is there someone who could car pool with? Thank you Mike!

    March 19, 2013

    • olivia c.

      gas we all should be able to at least $5 each, to me the driver should not pay for gas, since you will be using your car, gas should be cover by the carpoolers, fair? I think so...

      March 26, 2013

    • Amanda S.

      I am ready, I have directions, you have parking pass... 6:30 Am - No Ho Red Line Station. Please call if anyone is unclear - of just text to let me know that the above is ok and will work for everyone.

      March 29, 2013

  • Anna

    Unfortunately, I have to let go of my spot. Work just came up! Thank you, Mike! I will see you at the next conditioning hike! :)

    March 28, 2013

  • Sachika

    I can't make to 9:00 am meeting time. will try another good hike next month.

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, it has been a few months since I went on a small hike. 3600 gain may be to much for me this week. Hopefully I can work up to it before the next training hike. See you soon. Canceled my RSVP.

    March 28, 2013

  • Rimona

    I had prior engagement.

    March 27, 2013

  • Yolanda

    Hi Mike, sorry I have to pass this up. I am not fully recovered from the flu and don't think I am up for a 9 miles hike this Saturday. Please give my spot to someone else. Have a great time everyone!

    March 27, 2013

  • lilia a.

    Hi Scott wonderful 8am thanks my (ph[masked]) if needed

    March 26, 2013

  • Lynn B.

    Sorry can't make it to this one...bummer.

    March 26, 2013

  • Neil

    Sorry, another Q. Does below mean we need to arrange to get a permit in advance?? Just don't want any surprises the morning-of!

    "A permit is required to hike the Heaton Flat Trail. Permits are available at the San Gabriel River Ranger District, 110 N. Wabash, Glendora, telephone[masked], or from the United States Forest Service Entrance Station on SR 39."

    Source:
    http://www.summitpost.org/heaton-flat-trail-and-south-ridge/264070

    March 25, 2013

  • Neil

    Hey Mike, the map link above shows that the meeting spot is at the end of Camp Bonita Rd (not East Fork Rd). Are we meeting at the spot where East Fork Rd meets with Camp Bonita, or where Camp Bonita actually ends per the map link? Just want to make sure I know exactly where I'm going for this one!

    March 25, 2013

  • sondra

    Someone can have my spot didn't realize this is Spring Break weekend and I am in Vegas have fun everyone see you next week!

    March 25, 2013

  • lilia a.

    Thanks Scott we can arrange for the time?

    March 23, 2013

    • Scott H.

      How does 8am at the Park and Ride sound?

      March 24, 2013

  • alex

    would do my best to make it

    March 24, 2013

  • lilia a.

    Hi Scott, I'm in porter ranch if I can carpool with you @ Park & Ride off Newhall on I 5 Santa Clarita

    March 22, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Hi Iilia, sounds good!

      March 22, 2013

  • rosa

    Mike, happy to see you back. See you next week.

    March 21, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Coming south from hwy 14, Santa Clarita. Anyone else up here?

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm on the waiting list. I've hiked Mt. Wilson. If I get in, would love to carpool from the south bay.

    March 20, 2013

    • Larry T

      Irene, If you get on the list u can ride with me.

      March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Larry. That would be excellent.

      March 21, 2013

  • Larry T

    Mike, have you already listed the "summit attempt hike"?
    I can't find it, but I'm kinda slow sometimes ;-/

    March 20, 2013

    • Larry T

      Thanks for listing me on this hike Mike.

      March 21, 2013

  • Larry T

    I'm Coming from Redondo Beach. I have room for at least 3 riders if anyone wants to carpool from South Bay.

    March 21, 2013

  • lilia a.

    Hey Gladys can I carpool with you guys, I'll share the fuel $$

    1 · March 20, 2013

    • olivia c.

      Lilia Alcantara, Amanda is driving, we'll ask her, but I think the more the marrier?! (less gas money and less cars in this case, since parking is very limited)

      March 20, 2013

  • Linda W

    Oops, I misread the description. This is too strenuous for that day for me. I have an appt. and b-day party that afternoon and evening. Thanks!

    March 19, 2013

    • Linda W

      Mike, you're funny. =)

      March 20, 2013

  • olivia c.

    Thanks Mike for adding me to the group! Can't wait!!

    March 20, 2013

  • Hex C.

    Welcome back, not available for this hike but looking to trek out there on one of your upcoming hikes.... But wait there's more. I'm able to make it on this new date. 100% committed since I have been wanting to see the bridge to nowhere.

    1 · March 20, 2013

    • Amanda S.

      yea, what he said.

      March 20, 2013

    • olivia c.

      Hex, this hike is not to Bridge to Nowhere. starts in the same place but are different hikes!

      March 20, 2013

  • Larry T

    Mike, Some people might be thinking this hike is going to Bridge to Nowhere....

    March 20, 2013

  • kalpa

    Sorry, i can't go on 3/30. have alternate prior plans. Thank You Mike.

    March 20, 2013

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