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New Meetup: Zuma Canyon

From: Anne K.
Sent on: Friday, January 9, 2009 3:01 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Wild Wild West Hardcore Slowpoke River Canyon Hikers!

What: Zuma Canyon

When: January 24,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: This is a beautiful, very RUGGED and STRENUOUS hike through Lower Zuma Canyon, Upper Zuma Canyon, and Newton Canyon. We start the hike near PCH and end up about 4 miles north of PCH off Kanan Dume Rd. At an EXTREMELY SLOWPOKE pace we will take about 6 hours to go 4 miles, roughly 1200' elevation gain (Point Dume USGS topo map). The Sierra Club rates this as an "M" hike, which means it's NOT FOR BEGINNERS! (more like intermediate/advanced). It involves a lot of BUSHWHACKING and CLIMBING OVER BOULDERS. Good balance and rock climbing skills are helpful.

The hike begins around open fields, sycamore trees and laurel sumac bushes. The canyon then narrows and there are oaks and eucalyptus trees along a creek. Most of the hike is CLIMBING UPSTREAM OVER HUGE SANDSTONE BOULDERS along Zuma Creek. We may get out feet wet! There is poison oak in there! Towards the end of the hike, there's a steep hill to climb up. If there's a lot of rain before or during the hike we may have to go back out the same way we came in.

THIS HIKE TAKES A LOT OF ENERGY!!! (mostly due to climbing up the boulders).

BRING: 2 quarts of water, warm clothes, raincoat?, lunch, hiking boots that can get wet.

Rain does not cancel.

NOT for beginners!!! A CHALLENGING (but fun!!) hike!

You do not need an Adventure Pass for parking.

If you sign up for this hike you must stay with the group!!!!! (for safety reasons)

RIDESHARE/CAR SHUTTLE: This hike is in the Santa Monica Mountains. We'll meet at 8:30 at the end of Bonsall Drive. Take PCH almost 1 mile west of Kanan Dume Rd. (page 667 in the Thomas Brothers Guide). Go north on Bonsall Dr. about 1 mile until it ends at a parking lot. This is where we will start the hike from. We will need to shuttle some cars from here about 10 miles (round trip) to the parking lot where we will be finishing the hike. This is off of Kanan Dume Rd. just past the first tunnel. It is known as the parking lot for the "Backbone Trail". We're doing the shuttle in this order since there's more room to park at Bonsall Dr. than at the Kanan Dume parking lot.

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