On this special occasion near the end of the season, I call upon you all to come home.
Come home to Griffith Park. Let's pay tribute to the 5 Peaks that are our backbone and share with all your exploits.
Griffith Park was where Lee and Barry led the first hike in 2006. In our heart and mind, it has always been a very special place. The mountains and peaks of Griffith Park are like our home away from home.
Looking back 2013, our members have been busy. They have visited many exotic locations throughout California, Arizona and all over the world.
As the season winds down, it is time for us to reflect upon where it all started: the panoramic view of Mt Hollywood, killer incline of Mt. Bell, Hollywood sign at Mt. Lee, the imposing Cahuenga Peak, and Lone Tree at Burbank Peak.
This is a kinder and gentler version of the Griffith Park 9 Peaks hike (http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/138175412/). Both groups will meet at the Lone Tree on top of Burbank Peak to have lunch and party.
We plan to visit the following 5 peaks:
Organizer: Mike Cheng
Co-hosts: Scott Hathaway
Hike assistants: Dennis Hargrove, George
Location: Griffith Park, CA
Hike Difficulty: Level 6/10
Distance: 8.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1600'
Time: 6 hours
Trail condition: Single file, rocky trail, no shaded
Water: Minimum 3 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)
Toilette: at the trail head
Parking: Parking lot
What to bring: hat, sunscreen, hiking poles, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, and the usual stuff.
Proficiency: If you have not done an 8-mile hike with 1500' elevation gain in the past 2 months, you should not attempt this hike.
Early departure: If you need to be separated from the group for any reason, you must inform the hiker leader. Not knowing your whereabouts may prompt us to report your missing to proper authority for further actions.
We will be hiking on single-file trails and fire roads. The trail leading up to Mt. Bell is very steep. It has a 35-45% grade. In addition, the trail has a base of loose rock and sand. It is slippery. you will need to use hiking poles here. The trail leading up to Cahuenga Peak is rocky and steep. Its grade is 30-40%.
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.
If you have prior medical condition 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/
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.