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New Meetup: Switzer Falls Work Day

From: Anne K.
Sent on: Saturday, April 24, 2010 5:32 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Wild Wild West Hardcore Slowpoke River Canyon Hikers!

What: Switzer Falls Work Day

When: Saturday, May 1,[masked]:30 AM

Where:
Vons
7789 Foothill Bl.
Tujunga, CA 91042

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A HIKE!!! IT IS VOLUNTEER WORK TO RESTORE THE SWITZER/BEAR CANYON AREA TRAILS THAT WERE DAMAGED IN THE FIRE.

Bear Canyon is one of the areas that recently burned. Those of you who have hiked in that canyon know how beautiful it is. There are many hikes in that area, including Switzer to Bear Canyon, Switzer to Oakwild, Switzer to Bear Canyon to Arroyo Seco to Oakwild, Millard Canyon to Dawn Mine to Bear Canyon to Switzer. At this time the area is NOT open to hikers.

There is a group called the "Canyon Caretakers" who has been working on restoring the trail that goes from Switzer campground to Switzer Falls (9/10 of a mile). The leader is Charles Vetter (aka "Manwolf"). Once that part of the trail is restored they will start working on the trail from Switzer to Bear Canyon. We will be joining them with shovels and helping dig out the trail. THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO HELP OUT SO THAT THE AREA CAN BE RE-OPENED FOR HIKING!!!!!! This will be HARD WORK, but well worth it!!! We may or may not be crossing the stream. I have not been in there since the fires so I'm not too sure what to expect.

We will be hiking in 2 miles carrying our shovels to get to the place where we will be working on the trail.

BRING: Hiking or work boots (sturdy high-tops highly recommended), work clothes, warm clothes just-in-case, lunch, snacks, bug repellent (for ticks), 2 quarts water, SHOVEL (if you don't have one you can share, but we can probably get more work done if you can bring your own- if you can buy a cheap one), and WORK GLOVES.

WHERE TO MEET: The Angeles Crest Highway is no longer open above LaCanada, which was the most direct way to get to Switzer Campground for many of us. It is not expected to open until fall, so we will have to get there from Sunland instead . We will meet in Sunland at the Vons at the southeast corner of Foothill Bl. and Mt. Gleason Rd. Foothill Bl. runs east/west, but curves and goes southeast at that corner so the sign may say "Summitrose St." instead of "Foothill" there (see Thomas Brothers map page 503).

DIRECTIONS: From the westside: 405 north, 118 east, 210 east, exit at Sunland Av. Go east (left?) and you will be on Foothill Bl. Go about 2.5 miles to Mt. Gleason Rd.
From east of Sunland: 210 west, right (east) on Foothill Bl. (either Foothill Bl. or Sunland Av. exit), then follow the above directions.

From Sunland we will carpool north on Big Tujunga Canyon Rd. to Angeles Forest Highway until we get to a gate where we will leave our cars. We will have special parking permits from the Canyon Caretakers (otherwise we would be ticketed or towed). From there it is a two mile walk to where we will be doing trail work. This is my first time doing trail work, so I am just guessing that we will work about 8 hours. If you aren't sure if you want to stay that long, you can drive seperately and go back on your own..........but please still meet us at Vons so no one gets lost getting there.

Learn more here:
http://hiking.meetup.com/482/calendar/13279909/

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