Jul 12, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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This is really only partly a hike. For 4 hours we'll be in water from ankle deep to thigh deep following the natural course of Aptos Creek from the trailhead to Five Finger Falls. This is a beautiful creek ravine below the Epicenter where lots of landslides have dumped the forest on its' side in the creek-bed. That means there are 20-25 piles of downed redwood trunks and boulders that are up to 40 feet high and we will find ways to climb over each and every one on our way up-creek. To be successful you will use your entire body so flexibility and upper-body strength are as important as strong legs. It's like being in elementary school again and climbing on the jungle gym in the playground only the jungle gym goes up and up for 3 miles, takes 4 hours one-way, gains in elevation the entire time and is slimy and spidery. Does this sound exciting? If so, join. If you don't like being, wet, muddy and dotted with spider webs then stay away. You will need wet shoes and dry shoes. You will probably get small cuts on your hands and/or legs so cover-up as much as possible. You will need a bike. We will ride them from Epicenter Cycling 6 miles into the park and then begin our scramble (that is the real name of this activity, as you'll see at You-tube where people have posted exciting scrambles) We will parallel the Aptos Creek Trail all the way so anyone desperately unhappy can make a left out of the creek anytime and go cross-county up the ridge to Aptos Creek Trail, which is[masked] feet above the creek, depending on when you bail. After a break at 5 Finger Falls we will put on our dry shoes and take the trail back to the bikes. Grand total in terms of miles hiking is 9-ish with approx. 5 miles of biking each way. Total elevation gain is 1500-ish. We will be back at the cars around 4pm based on past scrambles, but the group will move at the pace of the slowest scrambler since there are opportunities for injury every 20 seconds and we'll stay in visual range of each other. Everyone leaves the forest together. This is a dangerous activity. You will have multiple opportunities to fall up 20 to feet into a rocky creek-bed below as you move yourself across rotting tree trunks and slick boulders. If you are a bit of an adrenaline junky then you will love scrambling. Fit kids over 14 are welcome but must be with an adult who will supervise them. I'll have a 15 year old boy, Elias, with me. This one is for Susan!! Stay away from toasters, girl, so a broken toe doesn't derail you again!! LOL!!