- Cleghorn Ridge Road and Camp
The campsite is full... if there is additional interest in this event, please send me a message. If we get enough people, we can get another campsite. I've heard a lot about Cleghorn Ridge Road - mostly that the conditions vary quite a lot year to year, depending on the rainfall. This road is passable by a stock vehicle on the fire road portion, but also has off-shoots that are moderate to difficult and require high-clearance, lockers, spotter, etc. You can make a decision to join the 4WD portions or stay on the fire road, BUT you probably can't turn around after you have committed to the 4WD sections. The 4WD sections are not recommended for stock vehicles - see the youtube video links below and you'll see why. This trip will be a camping and 4WD trip combined. We'll meet at the Silverwood Campground. I have reserved one site, max of 8 people. Silverwood Campground: 13988 Sawpit Canyon Rd, Hesperia, CA 92345 The plan will be to stay Friday night, then hit the road on Saturday morning and take it west and then back east again. We'll stay Saturday night, if you wish, and depart on Sunday. Also on Sunday will be a strenuous hike to Cajon Mountain. That hike is listed on the LA Hiking Group and I expect some overlap between that group and this one. There may be hikers that don't do 4WD, and also 4WD drivers that don't want to do the strenuous hike. The LA Hiking page describing the hike itself is here: https://www.meetup.com/los-angeles-hiking-group/events/257485859/ To get a view of how difficult this will be, check out the youtube videos on the area: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nSiVoua6jE For Sunday, there may be some interest in an Intermediate hike to Bailey Peak. I'm looking for someone to lead that hike. It would be 8 miles r/t with 2,400' EG as an out & back hike. That would be the yellow line on the Caltopo page: https://caltopo.com/m/HD1U There will be a $20 fee associated with this event to cover the cost of the camp site. No other benefit will be provided for this $20 fee beyond space in the campsite. This is not an RV site, it is a tent site. Check out their website for a full list of amenities. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=650 They also rent boats and there is fishing at Silverwood Lake. I propose a communal dinner on Saturday night. There are fire rings at the campsites and I will bring the charcoal and lighter fluid and some cooking utensils. Who will bring paper-towels, aluminum foil, plates, plates, utensils? There is a limit of 8 on this event and a limit of 8 on the LA Hiking event. Please do not sign up for both events. If there is more than 8 total, I will get multiple camp sites and adjust the fees. Payment will be via PayPal or Venmo ONLY (the Meetup website only lists the option of Cash, but that is NOT accepted). Please be aware that Event Organizers and Hosts are volunteers that organize events without compensation and assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. Organizers and Hosts are not experts and not guides. By signing up for any event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and Event Hosts from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Please see the Meetup terms of service agreement http://www.meetup.com/terms/
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- Del Sur Ridge Road and hike
This will be an 11-mile drive (point to point) along a US FS road about 20 minutes northeast of Santa Clarita combined with a 3-mile loop hike. The Drive: The drive will start out on Coarsegold Rd and climb along a dirt road to the top of Del Sur Ridge. This goes along an area popular with motorcycles riding on dirt trails that crisscross the road many times. The road, if taken to it's northernmost end would lead to Bouquet Reservoir. There are sections that are gravel/rock, but most of it is dirt. The road is wide enough to pass another vehicle for most of the route, but is not a high-speed road. An average of 10-15 mph is about the max you can do without doing damage to your car. The Hike: Relatively near the beginning of the drive there are some trails that run between Del Sur Ridge and Haskell Canyon. We will do a 3-mile loop hike from the bottom of Haskell Canyon up to Del Sur Ridge and returning via different routes. Some of this hike will be exploratory (rough, perhaps no trail) along the streambed, and it will include a hike up an un-named ridge that may be somewhat overgrown (that means bushwhacking). That hike is not terribly long, but there is a 400' EG section that looks really steep. Hiking shoes are required, and trekking poles are recommended, long pants are highly recommended. I expect the hike to be a little more than 3 miles in length. Bring a liter of water and perhaps wear sunscreen. You can look at the expected hike route in GREEN, the main drive route in BLUE, and the spur drive to the start of the hike in RED on this Caltopo map: https://caltopo.com/m/G7MQ Conditions and options: This road does not strictly require high-clearance or 4WD, but there was a fair amount of mud and a few places that require care as they are rutted, both horizontally as well as washed out areas transverse to the road. There are also optional side spurs that do require 4x4 in low gears to traverse, but those spurs are optional. The main road does NOT require 4WD and therefore this event does not require 4WD. It is also possible to drive around almost all of the mud. I wouldn't want to take a 2WD sedan, but an SUV with street tires can certainly traverse the main route (the BLUE) route. I did not take the RED route, but saw the road. It may get significantly steeper on the section I could not see. The road was open yesterday, Dec 9. I suggest that those people that are going to arrive early meet at the nearby Starbucks: 27667 Bouquet Canyon Rd Saugus, CA 91350 I will go to the Starbucks and leave at 7:50 AM sharp. It is about a 10 minute drive from Starbucks to the junction where we start the dirt road. The official meetup will start at the junction of Bouquet Canyon Road and Coarsegold Road at 8:00 AM.
- Cleveland National Forest
There are off road trails and hiking trails very close to this restaurant, This is our first meet up with the group, basically I want to break the ice and possibly meet some of you who want to be a part of this. As we enjoy the day we can discuss future trips. For those of you who live outside of Orange county, I would love to see and meet you on this event, but I understand if it's too far... we'll schedule a trip closer to you in the near future. Hope to see as many as want to be involved on Sunday.