6th Anniversary Hike & Potluck Party -- The Tarzana Connection

***This is an alternate trailhead for our Anniversary Hike that was announced earlier and starts in Brentwood. Richard has kindly volunteered to lead the group from here. We all end up in the same place***

WOW, its been 6 years since we started! Time to celebrate! Another milestone: we recently crossed the 2000-member mark.

The original Nike Missile base observation tower on San Vicente Mountain will provides a great location for for our Anniversary Hike.

You will also take a glimpse into United States military history. Numerous self-guided interpretive displays explain how from[masked], San Vicente Mountain was one of sixteen Los Angeles area Nike-Ajax supersonic anti-aircraft missile launch sites. Atop the radar tower we'll also be treated to spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Encino Reservoir, the San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles Basin to the ocean.

See http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=54 for park info

Hike is about 6.5-miles out and back with an intervening loop and about 600 feet of elevation gain on the way to the park. It makes for an excellent moderate hike into The Big Wild.

I am starting the hike late for those that feel guilty about imbibing in the morning (weather permitting) . It will also provide time for last minute grocery shopping. There are picnic benches and facilities by the tower. No need to carry trash out.

This is a Potluck Event. Bring food/snacks and drink to share. Count on me to bring some white wine and red Solo cups. I will also bring enough napkins and plasticware for everyone. Please post in Comments section below what you will be bringing

Directions to Trailhead

From the 101 in Tarzana exit Reseda Blvd and head south. Go about 3 miles and drive into the park near the top of Reseda. There is a white (or is it yelllow now?) line crossing Reseda Blvd inside the park. Parking is free on the downhill side of the line.

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Meetup.com Terms of Service.

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  • Jinjer

    Potluck Party was fun and the people were great.

    April 1, 2013

  • Adam L.

    i'm sure it would've been awesome had i been there for the whole thing - my bad.

    April 1, 2013

  • Richard

    Great hike and feast. Nice seeing everyone. Congrats on the anniversary.

    March 31, 2013

  • Dodger J.

    Great group. It was nice meeting Richard & coleading with him.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Kim

    Another wonderful time had. Nice easy hike, with great company, and an awesome spread of food. Happy Anniversary! See you soon.

    March 30, 2013

  • Adam L.

    sorry about giving you guys an extra workout by burdening you with my vehicular mishap. believe it or not, i've never done that before! thanks to everyone who helped ;)

    March 30, 2013

  • Sherri

    Great turnout and lots of good food, not to mention a good morning workout. Thanks for organizing, Dean.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh what a fantastic, ambitious first hike for us neophites, especially with 6lbs of rotisserie chicken on my back! Bummed we missed the festivities. The thought of the yummy vittles kept us going...we were really looking forward to the humus. Took us 4.5 hous w an hour to explore however we did it! Practice makes perfect...seeya next time..w no chicken!

    March 30, 2013

  • Porsche

    Fun hike and picnic! Thanks and happy anniversary from Alex and me!

    March 30, 2013

  • Lydia

    Dean, it's always wonderful to celebrate another milestone with you and fellow hikers. Great selection of munchies and beverages. Thank you

    March 30, 2013

  • Rita

    Awesome hike. Great destination. Three Cheers for Dean!!!

    March 30, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    Great hike ...nice people ...nice variety of food...

    March 30, 2013

  • Monica E

    Nice easy hike. Great food with shady picnic tables. Dean, so glad you started this group.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has anyone done this hike? How strenuous is it?????????

    March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Dean...I see that now :) this is my first hike Cali..will take my team and enjoy the view and fellowship!

      March 29, 2013

    • Dean

      The second mile will be the toughest -[masked]' gain. Easy for experienced hikers, strenuous for beginners. Other than that the hike is easy. Its ok to take your time

      1 · March 30, 2013

  • Dean

    Attendance includes hikers from the Brentwood Connection

    March 30, 2013

  • Markell B.

    Dean, it says I joined your group in May 2007!! Long time, Bro!! I'm not a "potluck" person, but I'll come celebrate with you anyway. :-)

    March 28, 2013

    • Dean

      Cool. Adam joined May, 2007 also....but you are 2 weeks older ;)

      March 28, 2013

    • Adam L.

      yaay i'm still the 'oldest' :)

      March 30, 2013

  • Chin

    Dean, i lost track what you have for potluck. Let me know what you still need or would like to have and I will bring it.
    Thanks.

    March 29, 2013

  • Porsche

    Hello, Dean! Alex and I will be bringing assorted crackers for the cheeses and chips as well.

    March 29, 2013

  • Shelley

    Did I make it into hike before it closed?

    March 29, 2013

    • Dean

      You have to RSVP Yes. RSVPs are closed now. But since you are bringing food I added you ;)

      March 29, 2013

    • Shelley

      thank you!

      March 29, 2013

  • Kim

    Dean will you have a bottle opener?

    March 28, 2013

    • Dean

      ok, i'll bring one just in case.

      March 29, 2013

    • Lydia

      Yes, bring one, bringing a bottle of wine and throwing in some strawberries and blackberries as well

      March 29, 2013

  • Dean

    Did I scare everyone away from cheese? haha

    March 29, 2013

  • Shelley

    I'll bring granola bars and fruit

    March 29, 2013

  • DaveR

    I'll bring some croissants.

    March 29, 2013

  • Jinjer

    I will bring pasta salad or some kind of side salad.

    March 29, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    This might be a silly question, but is the Tower at the end of the hike? Will be be carrying the potluck item with us on the hike is my actual question! Thanks.

    March 29, 2013

    • Dean

      We will be carrying our food in. There are trash bins at location so you won't have to carry junk out

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring vegetables & ranch dressing to dip them in, mini cheeses, and maybe some dark chocolate or strawberries. I have never been on one of your hikes, hopefully that's okay!

    March 29, 2013

  • Kim

    I will bring pasta salad or a premade potato salad from grocery store.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's a potluck without chicken?!

    March 29, 2013

  • Bonnie W.

    I'm bringing Israeli couscous salad...

    March 29, 2013

  • patricia

    This will be my first time hiking with this group - although I am not new to hiking! I will bring some fresh strawberries to share!

    March 29, 2013

  • nuria

    Dean just did bike ride from redondo beach for 1.5hrs thanks to your hikes I can keep up good pace. See you soon.

    March 28, 2013

    • Dean

      Good job! Wish you could make this one :(

      March 28, 2013

  • Kim

    bringing hummus, taboule, pita chips and whole wheat flat bread. I hope it fits in my backpack :) If I have room, I'll add a bottle of white also!

    March 28, 2013

  • Bonnie W.

    We definitely will not be bringing cheese...

    March 28, 2013

    • Dean

      Oh you can bring cheese -- just don't be the 10th one listing it haha. Its up for grabs at the moment!

      March 28, 2013

    • Bonnie W.

      lol...nope, I have something much more delicious in mind...

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Deano, you have come a long way!!!!! Very Happy Anniversary to you, my old friend! I cannot be with you but will be thinking about you and raising my glass of wine in your name!!!!

    March 28, 2013

    • Dean

      Thanks Mija. Miss you on the trails

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My friend and I are very excited. So much so I deleted the email you sent, Dean, please resend :) thanks!

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Richard

    I'll bring fresh fruit salad

    March 28, 2013

  • Dodger J.

    Happy anniversary, Dean. I will bring a 2 liter of soda. And a foot long sandwich to share.

    March 27, 2013

  • Sioux

    can't wait.

    March 27, 2013

  • nuria

    I work this weekend was not able to find another coworker to my change my days. Your group is the best everyone nice.

    March 27, 2013

  • Katya

    Happy Anniversary!

    March 27, 2013

    • Dean

      Thanks Katya!

      March 27, 2013

  • Lydia

    I can bring in season fresh fruit

    March 14, 2013

  • Monica E

    I'm bringing my Homemade Heath Bars cookies

    March 4, 2013

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