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New Meetup: Alison Gulch

From: Anne K.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 10:57 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Wild Wild West Hardcore Slowpoke River Canyon Hikers!

What: Alison Gulch

When: Saturday, November 6,[masked]:00 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

This is an intermediate level hike at a slowpoke pace (no beginners or tigers please). It is a very beautiful time of year for this hike!

9 miles rt 1000 ft. altitude gain (very gradual uphill going in), VERY VERY SLOW paced hike along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River and then into Alison Gulch. There are several stream crossings- you WILL get wet! Like the Bridge to Nowhere, this hike starts at the East Fork Ranger Station (above Azusa), continues along the river and past Swan Rock. Instead of going further north to the bridge, we will hang a right and go east soon after Swan Rock- this is Alison Gulch. We will be along a stream in Alison Gulch, although there won't be near as much water in there as there is on the East Fork. There are areas in the gulch where there is NO TRAIL. Eventually we will come to an 80' waterfall and won't be able to go any further. It's more shady than going to the Bridge. Very few people go up Alison Gulch, so it's very wild and scenic. Total hike time (with breaks)(not including driving time from the rideshare to the trail head) is roughly 7-8 hours. If you have to be somewhere after the hike, please do not come! If you don't want to go at a VERY SLOWPOKE pace, please don't come!

You can see pictures of this hike in the "photos" section of this meetup site.

BRING: 2 quarts water, lunch, shoes that can get wet, WARM CLOTHES, and raincoat just-in-case. You may want to bring dry clothes to change into after the hike. You will need an Adventure Pass if you are driving to the trail head.

RAIN does not cancel! (unless it's a downpour, but even then we can do an easier hike with less water).

We may go out to eat afterward.

DIRECTIONS to the rideshare in Azusa:

from the westside: 105 or 10 east, 605 north, 210 east, exit at Azusa Av. Go north (left) toward the mountains. Turn left onto Foothill Bl., then an immediate right into the CVS parking lot (northwest corner of Azusa Av. and Foothill Bl.) Park as far west in the parking lot as you can (the back of the parking lot). I'll put my pack on top of my car so you can find me.

from the valley: 118 east, 210 east, then follow directions above.

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