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8 MILE HIKE to SAWMILL PEAK / POT LUCK PICNIC / PARTY at MOUNT PINOS

  • Sep 15, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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- 8 MILE HIKE TO MT PINOS / SAWMILL PEAK / NOMINAL ELEVATION GAIN

- POT LUCK PICNIC


( in that order - we'll do the hike... then return to the parking lot for the Pot-Luck... LAST Year we had some INCREDIBLE food happening )

PHOTOS from Last Year: http://www.meetup.com/santamonicahikingclub/photos/3092192/

there will be SEVERAL telescopes in the parking lot set up by a local astronomy club... with NO MOON that evening, an elevation of 8,300 ft, no CITY LIGHTS...

it should be PRIMO STAR-GAZING that evening!!!


RED LED HEADLAMPS STRONGLY URGED!!!


MAP:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=201782227640152276864.0004a8330b8f5ed75f4bf&msa=0&ll=34.449954,-118.586426&spn=1.013524,2.113495


http://www.astro-tom.com/avac/observing_sites/mount_pinos.htm

***NO ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED IN PARKING LOT

IT WILL TAKE approx 2 hours travel time from the west side. I'm gonna take off at 10:30AM so I don't have to stress about being late. the last 45 minutes is a GORGEOUS drive!!!

DIRECTIONS

1. From the west side, Take the 405 Freeway north for about 19.1 miles and merge with the 5 Freeway north.
2. Continue north on the 5 Freeway for about 46.1 miles.
3. Take the Frazier Mountain Park Road exit going west toward Frazier Mountain. Watch carefully for the signs indicating the Frazier Mountain Road exit. (The exit is about 35 miles past Magic Mountain, and about 3 miles past a small town called Gorman.)
4. Continue on road for about 21 miles following the signs to Mt. Pinos. (After about 7 miles along Frazier Mountain road, the name of the road will change to Cuddy Valley road. About 4 miles past this point, the road will reach a fork. To the right is Mil Portrero Hwy, and to the left is Mt. Pinos road. Stay to the left and continue on Mt. Pinos road for another 10 miles and you’ll reach the Mt. Pinos parking lot!
5. The star party will take place in the large open parking lot at the end of the road. Park along the left hand side as you drive in!

(borrowed from the astronomy club) Parking and Headlights:


If you drive up to Mt. Pinos on your own, please try to arrive at the star party site before the sun sets so that we don’t have our headlights on as we drive in. Headlights and other bright lights ruin the night vision of the observers at the site. For this reason it is strongly recommended to use your parking lights and not to turn your headlights on when leaving the site until you are out of the parking area. There may be limited parking at the site, so that is another reason to arrive early and ensure a space. RED LED flashlights strongly encouraged!!!

GOOD CARPOOLING LOCATIONS ARE THE WHOLE FOODS OFF THE 405 AND SEPULVEDA IN SHERMAN OAKS AND THE McDONALDS ON ROXFORD STREET ABOUT A MILE NORTH OF WHERE THE 405 AND THE 5 FREEWAYS INTERSECT.

POTLUCK suggestion:

lets go by BIRTHDAY...
Jan Feb March - Veggies / Salad
Apr May June - Protein
July Aug Sept - Pasta / Carb
Oct Nov Dec - Fruit / Desert

everyone bring your own beverages, plates / glasses / utensils / napkins / CHAIRS OR BLANKETS

***if you have a specialty that doesn't fit into your category feel free to go for it, it's just a suggestion and nobody will check your ID.



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  • Ceci

    John, thank you for organizing the hike. It was beautiful, I've never been to the Frazier park area for a hike an will go back when I have time to stay later and enjoy the evening sky and stars. Seems like such a fun outing.

    September 18, 2012

  • Dhana

    Nice hike to the spiritual circle at Saw mill peak. Great view, Great trees and clouds.. Enjoyed the potluck. The sky was stunning. It was extremely exciting to watch epsilon Lyra, dumbbell nebula, Lagoon nebula, M22, ring nebula, double star clusters, wild duck cluster, veil nebula, andromeda (3 galaxies), Alberio and the SUN through the telescope. Everything was possible because of you John.. Thank you.

    September 17, 2012

  • Leta (long e.

    Wonderful hike! the weather could not have been more perfecT. John is a very conscientious and responsible hike leader... Thankyou everyone for the lovely food and great company! :)

    September 16, 2012

  • ! That JOHN G.

    PERFECT WEATHER / perfect temperature... great hike with a bunch of fun people!! oh... terrific food y'all!!

    September 16, 2012

  • Irina

    Absolutely gorgeous hike with great friends! Awesome view, pot luck, amazing star gazing experience till 1.30 am, I saw 11 shooting stars!!! Thank you, John, for wonderful event!

    September 16, 2012

  • David J.

    Great hike and a fantastic star gazing experience.

    September 16, 2012

  • ! That JOHN G.

    my TEMPERATURE guestimate is a high of 79... approx 8-10 degrees cooler than Santa Monica... it's 8,000 plus feet in elevation. Frazier Park is presently 69 degrees... Santa Monica is 91

    September 15, 2012

    • Lynda

      I checked too... Might be in 80s..... BUT it won't be in the 100s!!! :) and that is a very good thing!!

      September 15, 2012

  • Bob G.

    John, will you have coolers for us to keep everything fresh??

    September 15, 2012

    • Bob G.

      was just trying to think of protein food that is not perishable.

      September 15, 2012

    • ! That JOHN G.

      salami, edamame...

      September 15, 2012

  • Leta (long e.

    Are others going to be camping out there? Should we bring camping gear John?

    September 14, 2012

    • Lynda

      Leta, I'm bringing tent, sleeping bag just in case.... :)

      September 15, 2012

  • Naveen

    Anybody comin' from West LA I could car pool with?

    September 15, 2012

  • Ceci

    The Maserati is in the shop driving the other sports car. Thank you for the response.

    September 13, 2012

  • Ceci

    John, I drive a low profile sports car is parking a concern or is the lot paved?

    September 13, 2012

    • ! That JOHN G.

      the lot is PAVED... your Maserati will definitely be safe!!!

      September 13, 2012

  • ! That JOHN G.

    LAST time we had one of those "Costa Rican Rainforest-style" rainstorms... which would been TERRIFIC had we been prepared for it.. JUST in case... I'm bringing a pancho this time even though the weather forecast looks great!!

    September 10, 2012

  • GERN B.

    I hope i can make it; i hurt myself at band-camp with a flute

    3 · September 1, 2012

  • Nancy F

    John can I ride with you please?

    August 30, 2012

    • ! That JOHN G.

      could be gettin' back as late as 5AM... or may be camping... haven't quite decided yet

      August 31, 2012

  • Eric B

    Potluck at Mt. Pinos again after hiking? What time are you scheduling the downpour?

    August 30, 2012

  • Catherine

    Anyone carpooling from the Westside (Venice)? I'd rather not drive but I'll happily contribute gas money...

    August 30, 2012

  • Vlad

    friendly reminder - take rain poncho! :)

    August 30, 2012

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